Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Oe wetlands, putting the new 1D X through some paces and testing out the different metering and AF options.
I tried the spot AF linked to AF point setting, but this didn’t work out too well so I reverted back to the default metering setting and just dialed in compensation as per usual.
I tried various AF point selection modes, usually using one of the two AF expansion options, but also just the single point AF and also spot AF.
As I am often shooting with a foreground in the frame, the 61-point AF mode is not that useful, as it tends to focus on the closest thing in the image.
So basically there is no “magic bullet” for AF – you need to change it depending on the situation for the best results just like on the 7D. I always leave the camera in Ai Servo focus mode and High Speed frame advance mode, as I have customized the camera to only AF if the rear AF-On button is pressed.
Happily there were quite a few different subjects around yesterday afternoon, with each requiring a different approach. That said, I used Tv and Auto ISO the whole time, as I wanted to be ready for any raptors suddenly appearing.I’ll be out testing the camera again all day tomorrow – the forecast is cloudy and rainy!