Try This Focus Trick On Your OM-1

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Try This Focus Trick On Your OM-1
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A friend of mine who also has a OM-1 and shoots hard to track sports made a discovery the other day. He'd been struggling with hits of focus that were accurate using 15fps in burst shooting of his son who is very active in sports. He had him, from about 50 feet away run towards him and while doing so gyrated twisted and turned and had his head both towards and away from him in the process. Previously and with prior firmware (prior to the new 1.3) he noted he'd miss more than a few shots. Out of desperation he turned both the Eye/Face Human detection on but ADDED the C-AF-TR mode which worked in tandem (I didn't know nor think about this before). The TR mode has been blasted prior for being useless. Well what happened was he now got over 90% of his attempted shots like this in this setting perfectly IN focus. He was astounded and repeated it and it was identical in both instances. I saw a Youtube by a British guy who reported he'd also noted the C-AF with TR mode in place also was MUCH better then it was ever before.

So I figured it was time I gave it a try. I played with the TR mode before and indeed found it near worthless as it lost the subject very easily when moved about. I place it in the C-AF AND TR mode adding the Human Eye/Face detection and tried it with my wife in a poorly lit which before when I tried to track and shoot, all the shots were out of focus/blurry. This was in Aperture Priority mode by the way and I didn't up the shutter speeds. Well wouldn't ya know it, I took 4 shots in a row with these conditions and noted that the TR portion allowed for my blinking little green boxes (I have my setting to show these) to remain tracking right on her upper body and mostly the back of her head when she turned away from me. As soon as she began turning back to face me barely on the side of her face it nailed her eye with a small white box completing the larger box on her face. This is near exactly as a test I did while trying out a Sony A7R5 with their new AI. (I sent the Sony back by the way). I tried this 4 times and each time it never lost her head and then nailed focus on her eyes and face. No accident to be sure. Without the TR in effect, it was NOT as effective by a considerable margin as NONE of the shots were in focus. WITH the TR in effect along with the C-AF and EYE-FACE detection it was nailing it 100% and this was in rather poor light. So I encourage you folks to give this a try and see if it doesn't turbocharge your focus abilities as well. I can't wait to try this on birds soon.

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