My D800 recently started to 'stick' on the center focus point only. i.e.. The camera is set to 51 points but the center focus won't move - the multi-selector works in every other way as normal. I don't recall doing anything that would have changed that from full 51 point access
I figured it was a setting in the cam that I had inadvertently changed but I've been through all menus and searched widely on the web but as far as I can tell I can find no mention of this 'feature' so I can only assume that either A. I'm an idiot; or B. something has malfunctioned.
I'm quite willing to accept that option A is correct, as long as I can get my camera operating again :) I'm hoping it's not a malfunction!
#1. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians Paul!
There is a lever switch around the multi-selector. If the white mark is in the position next to the letter L then the focus points are locked. This is there so to avoid having the focus point accidently moved by the photographers cheek.
I hope this is it.
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#4. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 2
>Welcome to Nikonians Paul! > >I hope Dave solved the problem. You are not an idiot. Like all >of us, there are things we are unfamiliar with, but we are not >idiots..
I dunno, it feels that way sitting here - I had a feeling I was missing the bleedin' obvious as is usually the case when you find that no other user has asked about it on a Google search.wood...trees....
I suppose I got used to a limited range of uses to match my needs, I'm happy to be educated. It's a poor day when I don't learn something!
#10. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 9
I have been a serious photographer/pro since the Eisenhower admin. I still make silly mistakes, with cameras I have had about since Ike was here. Never mind the new D800E with all its bells and whistles.
We were shooting a debutante the other day and could not figure out why the shutter speed kept changing- finally, camera was set to bracket-duh again!
#11. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 10
Thanks al for your help and very kind welcomes - I know my camera relatively well for the stuff I use day in and day out, but with all the bells, whistles and menus I missed the simple little manual lever - D'oh.
I've subscribed with a silver membership now and added a few details to my profile as well as a few images into my gallery.
Thanks again for everyone's help & generosity of spirit
#12. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 8
>>> when you find that no other user has asked about it >on a Google search > >You probably didn't quite get the search terms right. This is >a very frequently asked question here . Trust me, you are >in good company! > >Edit: welcome to Nikonians!!
Hi Neil - the answer must have been swamped in thousands of left-focus posts - mention center focus at all and the tidal wave hits. I tried many variations and ways of describing it.
I've learned over the years that if I can't find my problem shared by others on Google, the problem tends to be me Quad erat demonstrandum
#14. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 12 Wed 24-Apr-13 10:21 PM by nrothschild
>> I've learned over the years that if I can't find my problem shared by others on Google, the problem tends to be me Quad erat demonstrandum
Usually that would be a good assumption . And I have had occasions where I could not find a problem I was having and, like you, I made me think at least twice.
I was thinking before I posted that it would be a tough search. There are certain things like this that are simply hard to filter. At some point you just gotta ask, and we are always here!
As was said previously, these are incredibly complicated machines. Your camera manual, from pages 2-13, list 189 different buttons, switches, gadgets and other notable physical features, plus all the things that show up in the viewfinder, the top LCD and the back LCD.
(yes, I just counted 'em up!)
And many of those things only show up if one of the other hundred buttons are pressed or you go into some certain mode. That's a lot of stuff to keep track of!
Edit: and that does not count any of the (how many?) menu settings!
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#16. "RE: D800 'stuck' on Center Focus Only" In response to Reply # 0
Paul - Back in the 1990s I was the public affairs officer for Vice Admiral Stan Arthur, Commander of the US 7th Fleet. The admiral had a small, hand-lettered piece of paper taped on the front of his desk in his office on the flagship. It read: "Too many moving parts." What he meant was that life was just absolutely too full of options, variables and alternatives to be taken lightly. Nikon has introduced even more of those "demons" with the D800/800e series of cameras. They just keep getting "more moving parts!"
That's why every Nikon owner should be a Nikonian too -- somebody here has found what a moving part on each and every Nikon does and how to bring it under control. And they are eager to share this with the rest of us!