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What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

I was thinking, I have quite a few Birds in Flight, sharp images (many posted on here, only converted from RAW to jpeg and resized down for the web) on my trusty E-1 and E-5.

Many have left Olympus now (sadly some great e-4m'ers) ... for the Focus Lock Tracking offered on you know who

But what did Photographers do in the past before this FLT ?

I have all my young life seen Birds in Flight - how were these captured with FLT ?
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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

This ex Olympus poster on the dpreview Olympus forum, states: "I haven't used Olympus gear from 2011 , but using what I described above, the E-5 was a superb tracking machine, my keeper rate was always around 95-100%.

See this forum post:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/th...-post-50099629

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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

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This ex Olympus poster on the dpreview Olympus forum, states: "I haven't used Olympus gear from 2011 , but using what I described above, the E-5 was a superb tracking machine, my keeper rate was always around 95-100%.

See this forum post:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/th...-post-50099629

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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

Makes interesting reading will give it a go!
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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

They learned how to use their tools.
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They learned how to use their tools.
Absolutly. We even attached levers to the focus ring to better allow us to alter the focus while tracking the subject. It took a lot of practice (mostly with car & bikes on tracks) but those that mastered the skill turned in some brilliant shots.
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Absolutly. We even attached levers to the focus ring to better allow us to alter the focus while tracking the subject. It took a lot of practice (mostly with car & bikes on tracks) but those that mastered the skill turned in some brilliant shots.
Interesting David and Graham - it is what I thought and Nick here too

So, is it down to knowing your camera; settings for situation and hand-eye-co ordination skills ?
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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

that and lots of practice.
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Of course if you have lots of money, there is always a "Pro" solution:

http://www.fastforwardtime.co.uk/dsl...FW_KtAod7RYAbA
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Re: What did Photographers do before Focus Lock Tracking

Find a technique that works for you and practice, practice, practice. It's a lot cheaper learning to follow focus with digital than it was for film shooters. I've found IF MF lenses easier to follow focus than external focus lenses as you're not racking the entire lens in and out.
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