How to select an AF point on the EOS Digital Rebel T2i

Article ID: ART106183 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 02/05/2016


Selecting the AF Point

In the Basic Zone modes, all the AF points are active. Generally, the AF point covering the closest subject will be selected to focus. Therefore, the camera sometimes may not focus the subject you want. With the <P> (Program AE), <Tv>, <Av>, and <M> modes, you can select one AF point to focus where you want.

1 Press the <> button.
  • The selected AF point will be displayed on the LCD monitor and in the viewfinder.
  • When all AF points light up, automatic AF point selection will be set.

2 Select the AF point.

  • Press the <> key to select the AF point.
  • While looking at the viewfinder, you can select the AF point by turning the <> dial until the desired AF point lights in red.
  • Pressing <> toggles the AF point selection between the center AF point and automatic AF point selection.
3 Focus the subject.
  • Aim the selected AF point over the subject and press the shutter button halfway to focus.

Shooting Tips

  • When shooting a portrait up close, use One-Shot AF and focus the eyes. If you focus the eyes first, you can then recompose and the face will remain sharp.
  • If it is difficult to focus, select and use the center AF point. The center AF point is the most sensitive among the nine AF points. Also, with a fast lens from f/1.0 to f/2.8, high-precision focusing is possible with the center AF point.
  • To make it easier to focus a moving subject, set the camera to automatic AF point selection and AI Servo AF. First use the center AF point to focus. If the subject moves away from the center AF point, the other AF points will continue to focustrack the subject automatically.



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