Sun 09-Oct-11 02:24 PM | edited Sun 09-Oct-11 02:48 PM by Leonard62
I haven't been able to find a menu item that allows display of the focus point in the camera monitor, like the D700 does for instance.
You should be able to display the focus point using either View NX2 or Capture NX2. However you must have the latest version installed even if you are looking at jpeg's. If you are looking at a jpg using a version that has not been updated prior to the release of the D5100, the focus point won't display. As soon as you upgrade it should display fine.
Here's a screenshot of a raw D5100 file on View NX2 showing the focus point. If you can see them the thumbnails at the bottom of the program all show the focus point as well.
Archie, My guess is it's a marketing decision to remove some of these features to steer more advanced users to the higher priced cameras. I don't miss this particular feature since I use single point AF and find it's pretty accurate. But what I do miss is you can't really lock the focus point like on other bodies. It has a tendency to jump from center at will and you have to press OK to re-center it. I actually bought the D5100 for three reasons, the swivel LCD monitor, the ability to use a couple non-AI lenses and the D7000 sensor performance. In that respect it's been very good. Actually it's replaced my D300 for when I want to use a DX body.
>Do any DSLRs have this feature? > >---------+---------+---------+---------+ >Joseph K >Seattle, WA, USA > >D200, 17-55mm f/2.8 DX, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D, >18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED, D70S >
Most mid and high end Nikons have this feature.
It's always in the Playback menu ----> Display mode ----> Focus area.
Your D200 has it as well as the D3, D2, D700, D300, D7000, D90. I don't believe the D3100 or D5100 has it. In looking through some other manuals I don't believe the D40 or D60 have this feature either.
>"Active focus area (if single-servo AF is used with >dynamic-area AF, >group dynamic-AF, or closest-subject priority, area where >focus first >locked) is shown in red in photo information display." > >While the "first locked" point can be informative, >the "actual used" point would be much more worth >while. Any chance that has changing in the newer cameras? > I checked the manuals of all the newer cameras and "first locked" is the focus point mentioned.