My D7000 just arrived and after charging the battery, I am getting to do my first shots around the yard. On my D300 bodies, I have three settings on the side of the body: CF, S, M and typically use S unless I have moving animals. When in the S mode, I toggle my focus points around to put one on the animal's eye or a specific spot in the scene. On the D7000, the S is missing with only AF and M available. Also, I usually have my D300 bodies set to spot focus unless shooting faster moving animals or birds.
I am now trying to figure out how to set this camera up to do something similar. I will probably figure it out soon, but seem to be missing a setting or two. Any quick advice would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: Spot focusing on a D7000" In response to Reply # 0
Yeah, tricky Nikon put an actual push button on that AF/M switch. Hold it down and use the back dial to switch between AF-A, AF-S and AF-C. Also while holding that button down you can change between the different AF-C modes using the front dial.
I am well known for not reading the manual before I start to 'play' with new electronics. As I use spot focus 90% of the time (if not more) it was the first thing I started looking for...I almost had to crack open the manual and then I found the button.
#2. "RE: Spot focusing on a D7000" In response to Reply # 1
Hi Jason, Thanks. Found it after to gave me the quick directions. It took a little experimenting to see I need to use the front dial to rotate the various autofocus options to spot focus. Not bad once you know to push that button.
I am used to hearing a beep once I get the focus locked, so I must have changed something else while searching for this adjustment. I have the beep turned on, so it must be one of the AF/L release adjustments I turned on.
This camera body is a bit more narrow than the D300, so when I use the toggle button to change the focus point, I can feel the difference, especially when moving the point to the left. I shoot with my left eye, so my nose is slightly in the way for that maneuver. They packed a lot of features in a small area.