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My R6 is constantly in servo, and I use back-button-focusing: AF-ON is normal, single point focusing, and * (asterisk) is for eye/face detect, so depending which button I tap or hold, it will use that for focusing. I find it the fastest way for my workflow.
nice tip #2 to move the af pts w thumb. Thank you! Can we custom set a button to shift between zone AF and single point af?
Thanks for the info, my friend.
Just bought the R6.. very happy with my choice. You Todd are my 'go to' guy to help me with this new beast.. I do more video than photography, but am enjoying learning more in that space. Thank you..
I have an even more customizable option for you. The problem with setting AF-On to toggle Servo->One-Shot is that both modes need to share the AF Method. (The type and size of box). So if using Servo you enjoy having a tracking option as default (denoted by "🙂+ tracking"), then when you toggle over to One-Shot it will use the same AF Method, which I think is pretty useless for One-Shot because it will pick from the entire screen. So intead of using Servo->One Shot as the setting, I use the "Detail Set" option under "Metering and AF Start." This allows you to specify One Shot or Servo, the AF Method and even Servo Characteristics. As an end result I have these options at my fingertips:
Shutter alone: Servo with 🙂+ tracking set as the AF Method. This allows me to "grab" a subject within the box and it will track it all over the frame. It also picks up eyes
AF-On: "Metering and AF Start" with DETAIL SET set to One-Shot and smallest box. This immediately gives me a single AF point that will not track or move, unless I move it with the joystick
*: Eye-Detection AF
Grid Button: "Switch to Registered AF Func." with DETAIL SET set to: Large Zone AF: Vertical. This gives me a vertical box that is roughly 1/3 the frame that has tracking inside of it. This is great for tracking a couple at a wedding coming up the aisle and not picking up random guests on the side.
So that's 4 distinct focus modes- the bare shutter + 3 specialized buttons.
I also never got used to this back button focus thing and what you just explained is what works for me. As usual, video and audio on your video is top notch, it's very enjoyable to watch your videos because you seem to care about your audience.
The only reason I used BBF on my DSLR was because if the limited autofocus points, now I can spot focus anywhere in the frame and move the focus point super quickly. Instead, I use the AF-ON as my Eye-AF button and otherwise am in spot autofocus. This is optimal setup for general shooting I have found. The * button then becomes a second MENU button which is awesome. It’s much faster to use since I can do everything to control the camera with the shooting hand while keeping the supporting hand to control the lens. It also allows me to quickly move through the MENU while looking through the EVF. This has been for me the first thing to change on a new camera. Highly recommended!
Thany for the nice AF - Tipp, i will try it out on my EOS R - Greetings from Düsseldorf Grermany
Being left eye dominant has made the touch and drag focus pretty much useless as my big nose touches the screen and changes the focus point
Honestly, I am still trying to figure out what works for me. Currently my af-on button is my eye detect but I have used it only a few times for birds. I need to practice more. Is there a way to change the value of eye detect (animal, human and cars) without entering the menu?
The AF technology available in mirrorless cameras like the Canon R5 & R6 have changed the game. The eye auto detect rarely misses and when it does, a quick change to single point AF will let you pick the focus point. You don't even need to lower the camera, the AF select button will quickly shift from Eye Detect AF to Single Point and back again. Yes, it's a "Back Button" but it's not used for focus. Having Eye Detect AF paired with the ability to use the entire sensor as a focus point allows you to quickly change your focus mode to suit the situation without ever needing to use Back Button Focus.
Great video. The idea of toggling the one shot vs servo will serve me well I think. Like you, I used the half pressed shutter release for focus, always have and that will not change. I just subscribed and feel that I am going to learn a lot by watching your videos. Thanks!
Super helpful tip - will implement on my R6 immediately. Thanks Todd!
With my R6 I have tracking with eye AF enabled all the time on the front button. I have my AF-on button set to single point auto focus when I need to choose the subject. I think I will try that asterisk button eye-af toggle and see if I like that also. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and best of luck to you!
Every time I turn on touch screen and enable it it works fine but then disables after the camera is turned off? It wont stay enabled?
Therefore i customized C1/C2/C3.
commenting half way through watching - the eye detect assign is a gamechanger. being able to keep center or another af mode, and easily engage eye detect by holding it is perfect !
Perfect timing Todd! I was just doing research and watching many other videos about best recommendations for these buttons. Thanks!