A&P My first time panning...question

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  1. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    so its not the most interesting subject but it passed by so i said what the hell i'll try this. it was 1/60s

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    here is my question: how do you get the thing in focus right before you take the shot? i am using a 300d so i dont have that servo focus..is that the only way? maybe ill get the hack or something but i doubt i am going to do that much panning anyway
     
  2. nhd

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    you could prefocus the distance manually, open up the aperature a bit, and youll still get the subject in focus...
     
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    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    You mean close down the aperture a bit? Larger f-stop? Opening it up will only give him a smaller DOF.
     
  4. mojito

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    use a tripod with a pan/tilt head, prefocus and use lots of DOF

    My crappy ass attempt while trying out my new film cam last week. I was handheld and not expecting the car, I was shooting random street stuff, but heard it coming and snapped away.


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    I pan handheld. :nikko:
     
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    try the 1NRS, it has a Pellicale shutter :noes:
     
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    yeeeeeeeaaah that one, cheers for the correction. i never listened in photography class, 9am weds morning just doesnt work.
     
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    That'd be really cool. Blackout time doesn't really bother me, but it'd be nice not to have it. :o
     
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    I'd like to see a digi with one, it would help protect the sensor too, but the 2/3 light loss is annoying
     
  10. Kinks

    Kinks Sup. OT Supporter

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    My best results for panning have been:

    1) bright sunny day. no light no care.
    2) f/8, and preferably lateral movement (ie not moving towards you. if it is you'll need to prefocus).
    3) 1/250 or faster for fast moving subjects. That's with a 200mm lens too. My best photos were at 1/350th or 1/500th.

    That was taking photos of nitro R/C cars and trying to fill most of the frame.. they're very quick little buggers so taking photos of full size cars you can obviously use lower shutter speeds :)

    The biggest hassle will be not having servo AF on your body. I just switched my D70 to AF-C mode and snapped away. Along with f8 aperture, this helped keep most of the shots in pretty good focus! If you do have dramatic distance changes, a short DOF will do you no favours unless you have a VERY expensive camera that prefocuses where a moving object will be when the shutter actually fires (not when the mirror locks up, it just stops focussing).
     

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