Originally Posted by Naga Royal Guard
...Full manual...Set the focus to the middle (not the entire thing, or it will get confused). Consider using a monopod to stabilize your shots a bit. Up the saturation a bit too...
Agreed and then correct in Photoshop.
As an old timer who shoots with Mamiyas, I still have an exposure meter that does "averaging" and "spot" metering. If I were shooting a night game, I'd forego autoexposure by doing an average reading and skewing it toward the spotmeter says for the intended subject I'm after and the shutter speed I need.
Another possibility is aperture priority exposure to shoot the lens wide open and let the shutter speed do it's thing.
I have found on the Rebels, that taking exposure calculation out of the mix "improves" autofocus/trap focus and I suspect it is because the processor has less to process.
I hesitate to give up autofocus, but understand its foibles in low light when it hunts and hesitates. Sometimes the human eye is faster. I really hate to give up the trap focus feature. Canon DSLRs can calculate the speed of an approaching target and can compensate during exposure of the approach speed of the subject. They introduced this probably 15 year ago and it is quite wonderful.
Last night, I gave up autofocus for autoexposure at my daughter's choir/band concert. Once I took control of the focus, the exposure improved. Is the processor being taxed too much in "extreme" situations?
I think so.
That said, I would never "upgrade" to a non Rebel because I would not get enough out of a 60D to justify the price...for what I do. Conversely, I know the inevitable Rebel T6i will be my next camera.