nikonians

Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.


Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries News Workshops Shop Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising

Changing focus point on D5100

Nikon32250

St. Augustine, US
3783 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author
Nikon32250 Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Mar 2004
Tue 21-Aug-12 11:23 PM

I am thinking about buying one of these as a travel camera. I currently own a D3 and D300 and, with both, I can move the focus point around looking through the viewfinder while toggling a small pad on the rear of the camera. My question is, can I do the same with a D5100 or can I only do it in Live View mode? If it can only be done in LV what sort of focus point challenges does it raise if any?

Graham
From St. Augustine, FL. "I like photographers, you don't ask questions." Ronald Reagan to White House Press Photogs

http://www.ancientcityphotography.com/>

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Skyco

Roanoke Island, US
143 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#1. "RE: Changing focus point on D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Skyco Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Mar 2012
Wed 22-Aug-12 12:52 AM

>I am thinking about buying one of these as a travel camera. I
>currently own a D3 and D300 and, with both, I can move the
>focus point around looking through the viewfinder while
>toggling a small pad on the rear of the camera. My question
>is, can I do the same with a D5100 or can I only do it in Live
>View mode? If it can only be done in LV what sort of focus
>point challenges does it raise if any?

Hi Graham ,

The D3100 lets you move focus points so I'd think that the D5100 will to.
However here is the link to Nikon's Digitutor which gives a good walk through for the camera.
http://www.nikondigitutor.com/eng/d5100/index.html

Hope it helps,

Well Wishes,
Ken

Visit my Nikonians gallery.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/skyco_g/

"Humans don't rise to the occasion. Instead, we fall to our level of training and experience". Archilochus, a Greek soldier and poet.
The best photo advice I ever received was at a John Shaw workshop. "... Practice your craft... ... Pixels are free...Practice... experiment with your camera".

Nikon32250

St. Augustine, US
3783 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#2. "RE: Changing focus point on D5100" | In response to Reply # 1

Nikon32250 Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Mar 2004
Wed 22-Aug-12 01:16 AM

Okay, thanks.

Graham
From St. Augustine, FL. "I like photographers, you don't ask questions." Ronald Reagan to White House Press Photogs

http://www.ancientcityphotography.com/>

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
4029 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#3. "RE: Changing focus point on D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Wed 22-Aug-12 01:31 AM

Yes you can move the focus point with the small pad while looking through the viewfinder. The focus point will also center if you press the center of the pad. It's quite easy. However there is no focus point lock on the pad like your other two cameras.

Len

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Nikon32250

St. Augustine, US
3783 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#4. "RE: Changing focus point on D5100" | In response to Reply # 3

Nikon32250 Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Mar 2004
Wed 22-Aug-12 02:07 AM

>Yes you can move the focus point with the small pad while
>looking through the viewfinder. The focus point will also
>center if you press the center of the pad. It's quite easy.
>However there is no focus point lock on the pad like your
>other two cameras.
>
>Len
>
>
That wouldn't bother me because I rarely use the focus lock.

Graham
From St. Augustine, FL. "I like photographers, you don't ask questions." Ronald Reagan to White House Press Photogs

http://www.ancientcityphotography.com/>

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

G