Sigma 19 or 30 for Landscapes

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
viking79
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Re: Sigma 19 or 30 for Landscapes
In reply to svgklingon, Apr 10, 2013

svgklingon wrote:

This is the great advice I come here for. I could get a Canon FD 300mm f4 and 50mm f1.5 plus the Fotodiox adapter for less than $300 on ebay. Seems worth saving for me.

So my next question is, how easy is it to learn to get accurate focusing with the focus assistant for a noob like me?

A moving subject always requires more practice, and I think the trickiest thing is to keep your shutter speed high enough.  Without a tripod you would probably want to set the camera to S mode and set the shutter speed at 1/500+ for the 300mm.

Set your focus peaking and set one of the soft buttons for manual focus assist (zooms in when you press it) then just turn the focus ring until things are sharp.  If you are on a tripod, set the 2 second self timer so vibrations from touching the camera can die down before it takes the shot.

The focus peaking will be really useful for visualizing the field of focus.  You can do this with the monitor too, but difficult in harsh lighting, the focus peaking really makes it stand out.

Eric

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