IR AF assist for Canon?


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Apr 28, 2009
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I'm shooting a lot at night in low light. The 50D has trouble focusing without the strobe. The strobe is distracting, wastes the battery, and I do not always want flash. I know that the 580 EX II has a built-in infrared AF assist beam.

Is there an inexpensive product that simply provides this beam for focusing?
I don't think it's Infrared....It's just plain old visible red.

The 580EX, the 430EX and the wireless transmitter ST-E2 all have an AF assist beam.

You could get creative and use something like a laser pointer or a video light, to help you focus.
Ya, that would work, as long as it's powerful to illuminate your subject enough for the AF to see them. So a flashlight that can adjust to a narrow beam would be best.
Would a laser pointer really provide a big enough area for the camera to see and focus?
I've never tried it, but I've heard of people doing it. It might even help if you had a laser pointer with tips that changed the shape to something bigger. I used to have one that had 4 or 5 different tips...just silly things like a heart, a dollar sign etc.
Disable the flash from firing and use it's AF beam.
edit, I read the first post and thought you had an external flash . Doh.
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