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Recommended AF Settings by Event: Overview

This section offers some advice on adjusting autofocus-related settings for different sporting events.

Overview: Settings by Event

The settings for different events are summarized in the table below. For all events listed, we recommend that you select an autofocus mode of AF-C, choose [Release] for Custom Setting a1 [AF-C priority selection], and use Custom Setting a8 [3D-tracking face-detection], a9 [Group-area AF face detection], or a11 [Auto-area AF face detection] to enable face detection in the AF-area modes in which it is available.

Soccer

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
9-point dynamic-area AF 2 Steady Focus point Normal

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Gymnastics

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AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Floor exercises, rhythmic gymnastics
Auto-area AF 3 Steady
Balance beam
  • Wide: group-area AF (C1),
    15 × 3
  • Tall: group-area AF (C2),
    7 × 7
3 Steady Focus point and AF-area mode
Vault
Auto-area AF 3 Erratic Enable
Rings and horizontal and uneven bars
3D-tracking 3 Steady

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Athletics

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AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Sprints (hand-held shots focusing on a single runner approaching the camera)
9-point dynamic-area AF 3 Steady Focus point Wide
Hurdles
9-point dynamic-area AF 3 Steady Focus point Normal
Sprints and hurdles (remote-control shots of multiple runners approaching the camera)
Group-area AF (C1): 15 × 3 3 Steady
Marathons (from a vehicle)
9-point dynamic-area AF 3 Steady Focus point Normal
Shot put, discus, and hammer throw (from the front, at a distance)
Group-area AF 5 Steady
Javelin (from the front, at a distance)
Group-area AF (C1): 7 × 7 3 Erratic
Long jump and triple jump (facing oncoming jumpers)
Auto-area AF 3 Erratic
High jump
Group-area AF (C1): 3 × 5 3 Erratic
Pole vault
Auto-area AF 3 Erratic

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Aquatics

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AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Swimming
9-point dynamic-area AF 2 Steady Normal
Diving
3D-tracking 3 Steady
Artistic swimming
9-point dynamic-area AF 3 Steady Normal

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Table tennis

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AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Group-area AF (C1): 3 × 7 4 Steady

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BMX and skateboarding

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5 a7 a12
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Auto-area AF 3 Steady Focus point Enable

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Custom Settings:
a3 [Focus tracking with lock-on]; a5 [Store points by orientation]; a7 [Single-point AF watch area]; a12 [Auto-area AF starting point]