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The third one is an instant, lightningfast focus: It can be used when a main subject moves into the viewfinder, such as a bicycle, racing car or flying bird. This means that the camera focuses on the nearest theme as quick as possible.
Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1 DX, EF600mm f/4L IS USM +1,4x f/8 1/2500 sec ISO 800
The fourth one shows a footballer: Here the focus system focus tracks subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly. It is the most perfect setting for sports or nature photography events with uneven speed. This was the most difficult to follow for any photographer, because there has been no cameras prepared for accelerating and decelerating movements, but everything has changed with Canon 1 DX.
The fifth AF focuses on subjects with erratic movements: A bird flying erratically, a skating man or anything else which can move unpredictibly forward, backward or toward the side. It is also a very useful function but here it is worth decreasing the number of AF points as well to reduce inaccuracy. You should do it only if you are able to track the theme with less focus points too.
The sixth one is suitable for subjects with erratic movements and changes in speed: This system manages a quite complicated algorithm, and perfectly catches subjects with irregular movement and speed. Basically it is worth using if you do not know what can be expected but you still want to catch one or two nice moment. However, you have to know that due to the algorithm every moving theme will be focused, so it is worth using in cases when only one subject is moving. For example, the goalkeeper in a football match, a bird flying or a deer running in the field, etc. More moving subjects will result in many inaccuracy.
The tip of the iceberg is that even within these graphic menus you can have many fine adjusting options regarding tracking sensitivity, tracking speed or switching automatic AF points. To be familiarized with all these is a long process, but if you work a lot with the camera, you can adjust the settings according to your own taste and style.
Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1 DX, EF600mm f/4L IS USM +1,4x f/8 1/2500 sec ISO 800
Turning back to dance photography after this detailed guide, I used the Zone AF and the tennis player mode at such situations. Even if the dance was faster than I thought I used this mode and increase the speed of AF within this menu. The real tests of the camera startede in 2013 when I was lucky to photograph landscape and birds in New Mexico, USA, birds and bats in Costa Rica and in Hortobágy, Hungary and landscapes in Toscana, Italy.
During this period of more than a year I gained sufficient experience with EOS 1 DX.

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

There are three secrets of bird photography: the firts one is good preparation, the second one is the persistent concentration and finally you need very fast reflexes. For being able to catch the right moment, you have to set your camera to high-speed exposure.
Photo: © Tamás Imre

Canon EOS-1 DX, EF200mm f/2L IS USM f/16 1/200 sec ISO 800
The camera rips at a speed of 12 image/ sec up to 36 RAW image, then it does not slow down really up to 50 or 60 exposures, only after that it can be sensed that the speed went down. If you do not need RAW format, the speed can be increased up to the super high speed of 14 image/ sec, until 120 big sized JPEG pictures. This is a brutal speed, just think about it: the 36 RAW image gets into the memory card in 3 seconds! If you are not used to, you might suddenly don’t know what’s happening, the noise of saving reminiscent to a SINGER sewing machine. The more persistent ones can even squash 60 or 70 RAW images into the memory card in a few seconds, although to do this you need a SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA 7 card. If you work with a card slower than that, the speed of the series might be slower but it performs them in extreme quality. The ISO sensitivity and speed made Canon 1DX to the top camera of bird photography with no doubt.
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