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BradS

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Practice :)
Personally i hadn't shot with CAF let alone CAF-TR very much if really ever prior to getting the EM1.2, i have literally taken maybe 50k+ sporting type images now with CAF-TR and the first big thing was don't sweat the ones that are not in focus, you can see reviewing a set shot at 18fps that it can lose focus but can also get it back fast as well.
For sporting images that I have used it for, Tennis, Triathlon, Running, surfing, Single focus point works for me and i find if i'm also physically tracking the action that the CAF-TR will usually hold onto my target as if drifts away from the initial point.
Back Button Focus is very much your friend and this next bit was likely my best lesson and it wasn't learnt on this camera or even in the Oly ecosystem......... I was reading a a number of well written post for Canon 1dxmk x cameras that were talking about even their legendary focus tracking loosing it and the recommendations paraphrased said...
Use back button focus and be constantly prepared to lift your thumb, recenter onto your target and press the button again to acquire focus again..
This stuck and i'm gradually training myself to watch for the red square indicating lost track and to stop CAF and recenter and refocus.

This is different to BIF techniques generally spoken about which are usually saying use multiple focus points.

Most of these surf shoots i'd moved the focus square up on from center due to how i was initially framing the surfer.

CAF-Lock was set at 0, gradually getting a feel for this as well but can only suggest you try it for each circumstance.

I know i haven't thrown a set of settings at you and said this will work, sorry. My initial throw away comment of practice is in many ways the truth, the sport pro togs using high end Canon/nikon gear have likely used it for years have immense experience in shooting with CAF and Tracking far worse than the EM1.2 provides even if not up to the current generation in ability yet they just instinctively know and the newer gear just makes them look like gods but in the end it's experience and practice really making the difference
Thanks Phil for your response, much appreciated.

I was using CAF for the surf shots on Low frame rate.

I will have a play around with CAF-TR, I seem to remember you wrote another post about it in this forum, will have a look.

I did setup back button focus but reset it before really giving it a go. Again, will take another look.

Thanks again

Brad
 

Ironbark

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@BradS and @Ironbark have really set the bar high and i'm not sure i'm up to the level :)
Some more from the Em1.2 and PL100-400
All using CAF-TR
Now this boy despite the boring photo showed some real talent and may be a star in the making, his friend around the same age was nearby me taking photo's with a crop body dslr and what looked like a xx-300 consumer lens.
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oops wipeout
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There's a surfer in there somewhere :)
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It got crowded as the afternoon went on...
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WOW - Excellent shots AussiePhil - TOP SHOTS!!!!
 

Ironbark

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With the GX-8 and 100 to 400 - it focuses so fast I don't feel the need to use CAF - just keep the subject in the frame and depress the shutter and BAM - tack sharp shots.... thank you Panasonic for a truly excellent camera - oh I forgot to mention 95% of the time I use the electronic shutter......
 

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Thanks Phil for your response, much appreciated.

I was using CAF for the surf shots on Low frame rate.
I will have a play around with CAF-TR, I seem to remember you wrote another post about it in this forum, will have a look.
I did setup back button focus but reset it before really giving it a go. Again, will take another look.
Thanks again
Brad
These days for burst modes i just use 18fps electronic shutter and just fire short bursts.... my cull routine is getting good :)
You may be thinking of this thread EM1mk2 CAF-TR performs at the Colour Run - Canberra (IMG Heavy)

But i did have a not so good day here that was really my fault EM1MK2-CAFTR check your settings

Please to hopefully help
 

Ironbark

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@BradS and @Ironbark have really set the bar high and i'm not sure i'm up to the level :)
Some more from the Em1.2 and PL100-400
All using CAF-TR
Now this boy despite the boring photo showed some real talent and may be a star in the making, his friend around the same age was nearby me taking photo's with a crop body dslr and what looked like a xx-300 consumer lens.
View attachment 557087005929-_7235545 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr

View attachment 557088005922-_7235532 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
oops wipeout
View attachment 557089005924-_7235534 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
View attachment 557090005941-_7235586 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
View attachment 557091005911-_7235479 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
View attachment 557092005944-_7235603 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
There's a surfer in there somewhere :)
View attachment 557093005950-_7235646 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
View attachment 557094005966-_7235725 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
View attachment 557095005968-_7235733 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
It got crowded as the afternoon went on...
View attachment 557096005973-_7235790 by Phil Gartner, on Flickr
Love this image AussiePhil - TOP SHOT
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Ironbark

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Another 10 surfing moments at Perth's northern beaches......................GX8 and 100-400
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Anyone using the 100-300 II for surfing shots? Y'all need to stop making me want the PL100-400. :p
 

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Anyone using the 100-300 II for surfing shots? Y'all need to stop making me want the PL100-400. :p
Sorry Impulse I don't own the 100-300.
But I often shorten the 100 - 400 to 300mm to get more of the wave in the shot.
So I can't see why the 100-300 wouldn't be perfectly fine to take great surfing photos..........
cheers
ironbark
 

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Here is the photo mentioned by wolfie which would benefit from a different aspect ratio. Which one do you like best?
#2 as it shows the turbulent wave's power better while still giving a stronger impression of the vertical. #3 is still good but I feel like the wave's impression is somewhat lost and #4 seems too constrained relative to the position of the surfer. I like several of your shots and how the splashing water just pops out in a three dimensional way in some of them. I've never seen serious surfing action in person. Miami has nice beaches but not exactly known for powerful waves but for a hurricane approaching.
 

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Magic Sunday at Trigg Beach - last weekend...........cheers ironbark

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I really like this photo - I took it a while ago at Marmion Marine Park - Western Australia...

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Be the wave!
 
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some boogie action with my m10ii
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Tonight before sun set
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Now the winter swells have arrived in Perth - time for another 10 surfing photos.

Taken on a GX8 with the Leica 100-400 - more photos on my Facebook Group -Ironbark Photos.

Cheers

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Does KITE Surfing count? Watched these guys for years down off of Dallas Road in Victoria. Decided I'd go down and try to snap a few pics this afternoon. All manual focus. GX8 + Canon 100-400mm w/ Metabones
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2nd go at the kite surfing.
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Pretty happy with this one. Surf is supposed to be bigger tomorrow.
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