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waldo647 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Jan 2007Sun 21-Nov-10 03:31 PM
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"D7000 focusing for event shoots"


SF Bay Area, US
          

Has anyone tried out the D7000 on event shoots? My D7000 might be purchased this week, and I have an event on Tuesday 11/30.

What I've found with my D80, shooting with the 50mm F1.8 is that the auto-focus will often grab a vertical line sufficiently behind the person(s) I'm shooting to put the subject(s) out of focus. In lowlight, I'm often shooting at F1.8-2.2, or so, shortening the DOF, as well. I'm certainly looking forward to higher ISOs, too. And am also curious if folks are using ISO 3200 or 6400 for lowlight events.

I'm curious how this focusing dilemma might be overcome, and which setting is being used? 39-point?

Thanks!

  

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JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2009Sun 21-Nov-10 03:42 PM
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#1. "RE: D7000 focusing for event shoots"
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Toronto, CA
          

I used mine at a party with terrible lighting (very dark), shot F/1.4-6.3 for the majority of my shots and used up to ISO 3200.

Focus was not an issue. I used single area AF and just kept my AF point on one of the 9 cross hair sensors. There was a little hunting if I was trying to focus on something dark, but I didn't have an issue with OOF shots.

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberSun 21-Nov-10 04:44 PM
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Sun 21-Nov-10 04:46 PM by RRRoger

Monterey Bay, US
          

I tested the D7000 with AF-S Nikkor 70-200 against the D3 with AF-D 80-400 in an unlit barn to shoot horses.
Came out near equal. Some better and some worst.
With my wife at the shutter, the keeper rate was nearly the same.
I had better luck with the D3 which I am much more used to.

The low light autofocus was very good on the D7000.
We used canter point priority and auto ISO 6400.

Start studying your manual now.
The D7000 has many new controls.
I am still finding more after 3 weeks.

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pdekman Gold Member Winner in The Nikonians 10th Anniversary Photo Contest Awarded as a regular contributor who offers in-depth knowledge to members who are interested in building efficient work flows. Nikonian since 17th Nov 2005Mon 22-Nov-10 02:54 AM
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Swisher, US
          

>We used canter point priority and auto ISO 6400.

Hi Roger -

It's no wonder the AF worked well, 'canter' point priority should be perfect for horses!

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