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    Default Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Hi all,
    Kind of new to photography. I have a 200D (had since March last year) with standard 18-55mm, 50mm prime (f1.8 I believe) and an 55-250mm f4/5.6 IS STM. I like all types of photography but growing to love motorsport photography and I also shoot the rugby team I used to play for, Banbury Rugby 3rd XV called the Wanderers. I broke my leg playing for them at the end of September and I'm still off work due to a couple of complications. I've seen a thread for motorsports and would like to put a couple of shots in there for some C&Cs, if that's okay?
    Ive had issues with the 55-250mm auto-focusing when the camera is in AI SERVO mode. Could this be because the 200D only has 9 focus points?

    John.

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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Welcome John, someone who has that lens will be along to guide you. I used to play rugby for Wigston(now called Leicester Lions), luckily only collected long term damage rather than broken bones.
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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    The wife and I are Tigers fans! 🐯

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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Welcome to the Forum and by all means place your motorsport photos in the motorsports thread

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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Quote Originally Posted by John Scales View Post
    The wife and I are Tigers fans! ��
    Perhaps we shouldn't let everyone know that until after Friday night lol
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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Hello John and welcome. Would love to see some of your shots.
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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Hi and welcome, post away, the more the merrier
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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by John Scales View Post
    Ive had issues with the 55-250mm auto-focusing when the camera is in AI SERVO mode. Could this be because the 200D only has 9 focus points?

    John.
    What kind of issues and how do you have the AF selection set?

    I have used my 40D which also has only 9 points quite satisfactorily. Inevitably I do get a few missed focus particularly with the faster moving subjects. Two things I would recommend as they do seem to make things better is to fix the focus point on the centre position - it's the most sensitive - and try to track the subject for a few seconds before taking your picture(s). The longer you can track the subject the better the camera can predict it's motion and the more likely it is to maintain focus. Subjects that may move or change direction erratically, such as footballers or rugby players, present more of a challenge as you may not get that much pre-tracking time - expect a fair few dud...

    Continuous AF modes such as AI Servo also work best with subjects moving across the field of view where the AF distance changes very little or very slowly. Subjects moving toward, or away from, the camera change distance more rapidly the more head or tail on they are - in some instances quite possibly too fast for all but the most sophisticated kit. The 55-250 is a nice lens, I have an older USM version and while it's reasonably quick in most instances it is noticeably slower than my 70-200 f4L so may have to accept that there will be limits to what it can cope with...

    It's also worth noting that most folks don't post their duds so remember that for every good action shot there will be plenty that aren't - even for those who specialise in action work...
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    Default Re: Hi from Banbury, Oxfordshire

    Tigers fans are always welcome. ;)

    Your 55-250 should certainly be reasonably quick. If it has enough reach, you might be better off using the centre point only, or even pre-focusing manually for motorsports - focus on a point where you know the subject will be, and release the shutter at that point.

    I do a reasonable amount of Rugby shooting - my son plays Colts now just a few miles up the M40. I often use centre point for that, too, as otherwise a nearer player moving across a focus point may make the camera miss focus. That said, the focus systems in my current cameras is more advanced and can generally cope pretty well, but force of habit...
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