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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Fri 08-Apr-11 10:21 PM
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"Another focus question re AE/AF lock"


New HArtford, US
          

I have been experimenting with moving focus around but after finally "mastering" (term used loosely) back button focus, I find it takes too much time to use the same thumb which moves focus bracket around to then use it for focusing and then index finger for engaging VR and shooting picture.

Do most shooters who move focus around as opposed to focus and recompose use back button focus or do they used standard shutter release for focusing?
I feel like after coming along way with back focus and improving my speed I am going backwards with focus selection. Should I just keep practicing and suck it up or go back to shutter release for focus?

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chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Apr 2009Fri 08-Apr-11 10:26 PM
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I use the shutter release button for focusing. However, if you don't want to do that and find using the AE/AF Lock button awkward, you can reassign the FN button to perform that role and see if it works better for you.

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Fri 08-Apr-11 10:30 PM
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Chris,
Thanks for the suggestion. My hand is not quite larger enough to move focus around while focusing with middle finger on function key.

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igordb Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Dec 2010Sat 09-Apr-11 01:43 AM
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If you mean to have AF-ON reassigned to FN button, it does not work. If you go to #F3 menu, you will not see AF-ON function.
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chris_platt Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Apr 2009Sat 09-Apr-11 11:33 AM
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Right you are. Thanks.

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kuzzy Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005Sat 09-Apr-11 12:45 PM
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John, I use the standard shutter release so moving the focus point is not a problem and I do it quite a bit. I have yet to figure out the real advantage of using some other button for focus. Maybe because I always move the focus point and do very little recomposing of shots.

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Sat 09-Apr-11 02:24 PM
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#6. "RE: Another focus question re AE/AF lock"
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New HArtford, US
          

>John, I use the standard shutter release so moving the focus
>point is not a problem and I do it quite a bit. I have yet to
>figure out the real advantage of using some other button for
>focus. Maybe because I always move the focus point and do
>very little recomposing of shots.

The advantage I see behind using back button is;
- you do not accidentally release shutter
- you don't have to switch between AF-S and AF-C modes as releasing finger essentially is like having an AF-S mode. This is very nice as your shooting work flow is the same with moving and stationary subjects.

The disadvantages I see are;

- you can't give your camera to anyone else to shoot a picture of yourself
- The focus assist light only comes on in AF-S mode
- The subject of my Post- I find it difficult to move focus point around and use same thumb for focusing
- It's easy to forget to half hold down shutter for 1/2sec to engage VR, if working with this kind of lens.


I just set camera back to focusing with shutter release button and have only shot a few real images <20.
Initially I am doing worse but I know this is me trying to get used to another new way of shooting. A few of my images were of moving subjects w AF-S on. I have to get used to quickly switching between AF-S and AF-C again.

This feels like playing a new video game every few weeks where the controls keep switching. Who knew there were so many different ways of taking a picture?

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sat 09-Apr-11 02:57 PM
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#7. "RE: Another focus question re AE/AF lock"
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>This feels like playing a new video game every few weeks where
>the controls keep switching.

Except that this is under your control. I would advise picking one method of engaging AF, and then practice until it becomes second nature. It's more important to be familiar with your camera's control setup than it is to keep searching for a "better solution".

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JohnE Nikon Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jun 2010Sun 10-Apr-11 05:19 PM
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#8. "RE: Another focus question re AE/AF lock"
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New HArtford, US
          

Brian,
Sound advice.
I am getting better with the various controls but none are quite as automatic as I would like.
So while it is still relatively easy to change my technique I just wanted to poll some of you, and then stick with one method and move on.

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