E-M1 Best Settings for Moving Subjects

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dbzkid777, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. dbzkid777

    dbzkid777 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2014
    Recently owned a new Morkie.
    So from what I've gathered so far from the Internet, the best settings for sports/animals are:

    1. Use 9-point AF
    2. Turn Face Detection OFF?
    3. Use C-AF, and not C-AF+Tracking
    4. Use Low Burst (cause it'll prioritize focus)

    Anything else useful I am missing?
    Should C-AF Lock be Normal or High or Low/OFF?

  2. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
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    C-AF lock will determine how long the AF will take to lock onto another subject that comes across your field of view. If you don't expect anything to get between you and your subject, then normal or short will be fine. If you might need to shoot in a crowd where people will be passing in front of you or a football game, then having the lock at long will prevent the AF from trying to lock onto things getting between camera and subject.
  3. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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    I use S-AF +MF and small or large Center Focus Point, on my E-M1.

    I've had very good luck with birds in flight on the 12-40mm, but the 40-150mm f4-5.6 'kit' lens is hit or miss if the birds are far away - it hunts a lot.

  4. newphoto

    newphoto Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 12, 2013
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    That's the list of settings I use, with one other. Turn your Review time to zero, to help prevent EVF blackout, or freeze.
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  5. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    These are great tips. I didn't even know as much as the OP. Glad I saw this since I'm going hiking tomorrow and would love to take pictures of birds and maybe my dogs.
  6. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 26, 2014
    I don't agree with any of those! This is what I use, with a lot of success, even birds flying.
    1. Single point AF (large not small).
    2. I have Face detect off, after it thought a house was a face.
    3. Use S-AF+MF
    4. Use Continuous High - fire multiple shortest possible bursts.
    Also review time zero, and release priority to the shutter.