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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Fri 11-Nov-11 07:02 AM
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"setting the focus point?"


GB
          

Hi
It is still a steep learning curve with my D7000, but impressions so far it is a great camera.

However I have a quick question, when taking portrait images I like to focus on the subjects eye, in the past I have set my D300 to single sensor, focused the shot, then re-framed and taken the exposure. Does the D7000 allow me to do this? Have looked at the manual, but cannot work out if it can be done, or should I let the 39/11 point sensors do their work? I have uploaded an image and I am happy with the sharpness, however they are not all this sharp...this young lady was taking part in the Whitby Gothic Weekend.



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mikeon Registered since 01st Oct 2004Fri 11-Nov-11 11:14 AM
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#1. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Örebro, SE
          

Yes, you can focus in the same manor as in D300.
Use AF-S (in focus priority) and single focus point.

In manual on Focus chapter page 91-98.
Focus setting a2 on page 208.

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Fri 11-Nov-11 04:03 PM
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#2. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Mikeon
Many thanks, will have a look
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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Sat 12-Nov-11 08:39 AM
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#3. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

Hi
I have read the manual search "you tube" and still stuggling to set a single focus point, I am doing the following:

1) Mode: A

2) "Custom Setting Menu" a2 AFS set to focus

3) ensured the focus lock is set as below



but still cannot move the sensor in the view finder, can someone help.

Dave


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dwaycie Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Nov 2008Sat 12-Nov-11 12:06 PM
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#4. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Buffalo Grove, US
          


In addition to the steps you've taken, you also need to make sure the AF-Area Mode is set to Single Point, not Auto-area. If you are in Auto-Area mode, the camera, not you, will select the focus point. See page 95 of the manual.

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Sat 12-Nov-11 01:02 PM
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#5. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

Hi
This is where I am struggling, I cannot change the from "Auto-area mode", to single point, tried everything from setting the camera back to factory settings to ringing a national dealer, still no luck, starting to think, this cannot be done. However if I change to "manual focus" I can put the sensor where I like.

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ChrisPlatt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jun 2011Sat 12-Nov-11 02:30 PM
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#6. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Forget the menu system. Use the focus selector switch on the camera. Switch it to AF. While looking through the viewfinder, press on the button that is in the center of the AF switch and rotate the rear command dial until AFS shows in the viewfinder. Then, while still pressing the button on the AF switch, rotate the front command dial until S shows in the viewfinder. You should now be able to move the focus point with the multi-selector on the rear of the camera.

Of course you want to be able to move the focus point around, but if you have set the AE-L/AF-L button to AF On, you should not have to be chasing focus points by moving the single point around.

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Sat 12-Nov-11 08:23 PM
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#7. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Sat 12-Nov-11 08:30 PM by xat130j

GB
          

>Forget the menu system. Use the focus selector switch on the
>camera. Switch it to AF. While looking through the
>viewfinder, press on the button that is in the center of the
>AF switch and rotate the rear command dial until AFS shows in
>the viewfinder. Then, while still pressing the button on the
>AF switch, rotate the front command dial until S shows in the
>viewfinder. You should now be able to move the focus point
>with the multi-selector on the rear of the camera.
>
>Of course you want to be able to move the focus point around,
>but if you have set the AE-L/AF-L button to AF On, you should
>not have to be chasing focus points by moving the single point
>around.


Thank you, thank you and thank you, I have now got it!!!!!! It is this button, could not work this out "for the life of me"

Dave



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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Sun 13-Nov-11 08:13 AM
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#8. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

just found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CERkBvmjI90

Dave

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ericbowles Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level skills in various areas, especially Landscape and Wildlife Photoghraphy Writer Ribbon awarded for for his article contributions to the community Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Sun 13-Nov-11 05:04 PM
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#9. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Atlanta, US
          

Dave

You're right - it is not very intuitive -= especially for those used to the D300 and other models. Just remember to push in the button on the AF/M selector, then use front and rear command dials to make changes.

I find that using the AF-On approach works better for "focus and recompose". With the D7000 it is executed a little differently from the D300 in that instead of using AF On, you have to assign the AF/AE Lock button. Using the back button to activate AF seems to be more reliable - especially with VR lenses where you want to use the shutter release to activate VR.

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BForbes Silver Member Charter MemberSat 19-Nov-11 11:04 PM
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#10. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Sat 19-Nov-11 11:10 PM by BForbes

Alexandria, US
          

No kidding, it is not very intuitive. I was in a camera shop today playing around with a D7000 and could not find a way to lock the autofocus point so that I have one focus point in the center of the view finder. What appeared to be a few focus areas kept jumping around looking for I guess the closest object to focus on. I found this very annoying and could not turn this off. I have a D300 and was thinking of purchasing this as a second camera for weddings. I'll have to remember this the next time I'm in the store.

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RockyIII Gold Member Nikonian since 27th May 2006Sun 20-Nov-11 12:59 AM
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#11. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Sun 20-Nov-11 01:02 AM by RockyIII

Raleigh, US
          

Simply put, you can set a single focus point by holding down the AF mode button while rotating the sub-command dial. Center the focus point by using the multi selector, and then lock it down by using the focus selector lock.

Rocky

  

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Wed 23-Nov-11 10:12 AM
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#12. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

Thanks Guys for taking the time to respond to me question, all sorted now, looking forward to getting out with the D7000, very soon.

Dave

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jodylud Registered since 07th Sep 2011Wed 23-Nov-11 01:24 PM
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#13. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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US
          

>Simply put, you can set a single focus point by holding down
>the AF mode button while rotating the sub-command dial.
>Center the focus point by using the multi selector, and then
>lock it down by using the focus selector lock.
>
>Rocky

Thank you SO much Rocky for this advice. I was always shifting the focus point with the slightest touch of the multi-selector button.

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Marmion4 Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2008Fri 25-Nov-11 04:52 AM
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#14. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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That is a great resource, thanks for sharing!

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loveisageless Registered since 27th Feb 2011Sat 26-Nov-11 09:07 AM
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#15. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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My heartfelt thanks as well. The AF-Auto was driving me crazy. Order has been restored in my world lol

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jodylud Registered since 07th Sep 2011Sat 26-Nov-11 06:29 PM
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#16. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Sat 26-Nov-11 06:30 PM by jodylud

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Just wondering... is there a way I can lock the focus point to my D5100? Can't seem to find any reference in the manual. :/

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RockyIII Gold Member Nikonian since 27th May 2006Sat 26-Nov-11 07:21 PM
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#17. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Raleigh, US
          

I do not think the D5100 has the ability to lock the focus point.

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jodylud Registered since 07th Sep 2011Sat 26-Nov-11 07:27 PM
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#18. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Thank you Rocky, I think I can live with that.

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#19. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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middlesex, US
          

>Thank you Rocky, I think I can live with that.
>


Why would a DSLR not be able to lock focus points? Why would you live with that?

Is it not explained in pages 42-44 of your D5100 manual?

I can see why a lot of people have focus problems with their cameras and complain
on here rather that actually sit down to read and understand their manual first.

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#20. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Seattle, WA, US
          

I think you are talking about something else.

Some of the higher level bodies have a switch that locks the focus point to prevent the multi-selector from moving it around.

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Mon 28-Nov-11 09:48 AM
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#21. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

Hi Joseph, pretty sure the D7000 had a focus point lock......

Dave

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xat130j Gold Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2007Mon 28-Nov-11 09:55 AM
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#22. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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GB
          

>>Thank you Rocky, I think I can live with that.
>>
>
>
>Why would a DSLR not be able to lock focus points? Why would
>you live with that?
>
>Is it not explained in pages 42-44 of your D5100 manual?
>
>I can see why a lot of people have focus problems with their
>cameras and complain
>on here rather that actually sit down to read and understand
>their manual first.
>
>
The point of forums is to share knowledge and experience, in my opinion. As the Thread Starter, I did not start this thread to "complain" and I can assure you , I did read the "manual first" however I still could not work out, how to change focus modes. I therefore asked for help, and with the help of Nikonians worked out my problem with changing focus modes.

Dave

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#23. "RE: setting the focus point?"
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Paignton, GB
          

At Joseph says, you're talking about something different. Cameras like the D7000, D300, D700 and so on have a switch that allows you to disable the Multi-selector, thus locking-in whichever AF point had been selected. The D5100 lacks such a feature.

You've been asked in an earlier thread to show more consideration and understanding for members who come here asking questions and looking for help. Please stop your critical comments. Thank you.

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