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Pirate123 Registered since 19th Feb 2013Sat 24-Aug-13 06:20 PM
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"Recommended AF Mode and AF Area settings D7100"


Winter Garden, US
          

Which AF Area mode setting do you recommend for shooting landscapes? I saw a tutorial and it said S (single point) was best. It said d9 d21 and d51 were best for shooting action. It also noted that in order to use d9, d21 or d51 you have to be in AF-C (continuous focus) mode.

So should landscape settings be: AF-S (single focus) and AF area S (single point) ? I had thought to get the best focus that if you used d51 in the 1.3 crop mode you would have focusing throughout the entire shot and this would be better than Single point focusing.

So you have two settings to consider: AF Mode and AF Area Mode. I am shooting in A Priority. Thanks.

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Sat 24-Aug-13 07:42 PM
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Sat 24-Aug-13 07:45 PM by dm1dave

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“So should landscape settings be: AF-S (single focus) and AF area S (single point) ?”

Yes, this is how I would focus for landscapes or any static subject.

The Dynamic Area AF with 9, 21, or 51 point settings are used when your subject is moving. The camera does not use more than one focus point at a time in these modes – it just switches from focus point to focus point as the subject moves around in the frame.

The only time the camera will use multiple focus points is when you set the AF-Area mode to Auto-area AF. This mode takes away your control of the focus point so I would not recommend it for anything other than point and shoot snap shots.

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Pirate123 Registered since 19th Feb 2013Sun 25-Aug-13 12:33 AM
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This was very helpful information. I was not aware that it would only focus on one focus point at a time although that makes perfect sense when you think about it.

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aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Sat 24-Aug-13 07:43 PM
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"I had thought to get the best focus that if you used d51 in the 1.3 crop mode..."

Best focus on what? When a lens is focused, it is focused at a specific distance and only objects at that distance are in true focus. Depth of field covers the rest. For landscapes, you usually choose an aperture and a focus distance so DOF will keep it all (or the areas you choose) in acceptable focus.

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