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.
#1. "RE: Recommended AF Mode and AF Area settings D7100" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 24-Aug-13 07:45 PM by dm1dave
“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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#2. "RE: Recommended AF Mode and AF Area settings D7100" In response to Reply # 0
"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.