back button focus - who's doing it?

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back button focus - who's doing it?

okay, we've discussed back button focus before, but it's been a while. I tried it and couldn't make it work.

well, thanks to Krissy, I re-read my camera manual a few weeks ago (she had a tips thread on ILP, and that was in it, to read the manual again). turns out that I didn't have BBF set up right. so right then and there, I set it up on my camera, the right way. now that I'm doing it, I can't believe I did it any other way. it's so easy!

so, who else is using BBF?

and if you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a link that explains it: http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=2286

esti1423's picture
Joined: 01/28/03
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I am and have been pretty much since I went manual a bunch of moons ago. It's so hard for me to use anyone else's camera now. LOL

Joined: 12/10/06
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Its all I use. However, I didn't find it easier than 1/2 shutter focusing. BBF took at least a little getting used to only because it's like you're training your fingers to behave differently and kind of work simultaneously, then again, I also toggle focal points. BBF is much better and I'll never ever go back Smile

Joined: 03/16/15
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I know this has been covered, but it is NOT only a canon thing, right? Nikon has the ability too? I am so lazy. I haven't looked into it. :oops:

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I haven't looked into it either. Not going to just yet because I am trying to figure out how to do fine adjustments on this lens. I can't change 2 things at once or I will shot myself in the foot.

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I tried it and didn't like it. I just don't see the advantage.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

I tried it and didn't like it. I just don't see the advantage.

I just think it's faster with the focus when I can separate the focus from the shutter. But that's my personal experience.

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it's all i use anymore now too - It's just really easy for me since I'm toggling the focus spot on hte back of the camera and it's right there anyways!

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"jendodd" wrote:

it's all i use anymore now too - It's just really easy for me since I'm toggling the focus spot on hte back of the camera and it's right there anyways!

exactly- I was going to say this. The buttons are right next to each other. After getting the hang of it, it's really easy, I do it without thinking.

Problem w. back button focusing?? Trying to get my DH to take a few & actually have something be in focus... Lol

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I tried it for a while and it seemed all my photos were OOF b/c of it. Must take some practice I guess, but I was loosing out on precious shots b/c of the focus issues. Haven't tried it on my 40D though...

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