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apb Registered since 11th Aug 2009Sun 09-Oct-11 08:18 AM
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I have been unable to find a way to display the focus point used when I review the image after taking a picture. Am I just missing something simple or did Nikon not provide that option on the D5100?

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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 2009Sun 09-Oct-11 03:24 PM
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#1. "RE: D5100 Focus point"
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Sun 09-Oct-11 03:48 PM by Leonard62

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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.



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Attachment #1, (jpg file)

  

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apb Registered since 11th Aug 2009Sun 09-Oct-11 09:09 PM
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I know how to do it in NX2 but would really like to be able to do it in the camera. I don't understand why Nikon would not provide that as it seems trivial to accomplish.

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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 2009Sun 09-Oct-11 09:50 PM
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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.

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apb Registered since 11th Aug 2009Mon 10-Oct-11 02:24 AM
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Well that makes some sense.

I bought the 5100 for my wife because it is light (she has some physical problems that make light attractive) and I would like to check where the focus point was when I am helping her in the field.

It is such a simple thing I didn't think to check the feature. It probably would not have changed things though.

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Mon 10-Oct-11 03:31 AM
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Do any DSLRs have this feature?

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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

  

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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 2009Mon 10-Oct-11 02:04 PM
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#6. "RE: D5100 Focus point"
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Mon 10-Oct-11 02:18 PM by Leonard62

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>Do any DSLRs have this feature?
>
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>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.

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Mon 10-Oct-11 09:02 PM
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#7. "RE: D5100 Focus point"
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Good call on my D200 having this feature. However, after reading its description, I now remember why I do not have it turned on:

"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?

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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

  

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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 2009Thu 13-Oct-11 01:49 PM
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#8. "RE: D5100 Focus point"
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>"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."
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>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.

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