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Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote

56chevy

Austin, US
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56chevy Registered since 05th Oct 2008
Tue 08-Sep-09 11:28 AM

I have switched to using the AF-ON method to auto focus -- and am getting fewer out of focus shots now.

I have just ordered the MC-30 remote cable for my D700 (and D300) and am eager to try it out.

However -- I got to thinking about this -- and got to wondering about the following situation --

Lets say I am setting up to BRACKET 5 shots (maybe for an HDR or something). I frame up my shot, press and release the AF-ON button to get focus -- (I would have already set my camera to CL so I only have to press the remote one time -- at least I think it works that way - please correcct me if I am wrong) and my camera then fires off the 5 bracketed shots

My question is -- after the first shot of the series -- will I then lose auto focus -- in other words -- will AF-ON then turn off and the balance of 4 shots then be out of focus -- or will focus HOLD for all 5 shots in the series ?

Thanks in advance -- I would appreciate some clairification on this

Art
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briantilley

Paignton, UK
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#1. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 0

briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Tue 08-Sep-09 09:56 AM

To get a 5-shot bracket using CL, you'll need to keep the MC-30 release button pressed until all 5 shots are complete. That's the same as if you were using the camera's shutter button to fire the shutter.

Once you release the AF-ON button, the camera will stay focused at the same distance for all 5 shots. If your subject and the camera don't move, all shots would have the same focus.

Brian
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56chevy

Austin, US
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#2. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 1

56chevy Registered since 05th Oct 2008
Tue 08-Sep-09 01:32 PM

Thanks Brian -- that is what I needed to know
Now -- when the MC-30 comes in -- I'll start playing with it

Thanks again Brian --

Art
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TiggerGTO

Apex, US
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#3. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 2

TiggerGTO Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2006
Tue 08-Sep-09 09:52 PM

Be sure you use AF-C mode with the AF-ON button. That way when you press the shutter release or remote, the shutter will fire even if you have recomposed after focusing. If you use AF-S with the default focus priority setting, the shutter will not fire if whatever is under the selected focus sensor is not in focus after you recompose.

Danny
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56chevy

Austin, US
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#4. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 3

56chevy Registered since 05th Oct 2008
Tue 08-Sep-09 11:29 PM

Thanks Danny
I am using AF-C

I was thinking about using this for HDR type shots - so I would not recompose while doing this approach

Thanks again

Art
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cliddell

Pietermaritzburg, ZA
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#5. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 4

cliddell Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006
Fri 11-Sep-09 09:07 AM

This is an interesting point for those using AF-ON - that the MC-30 will not "focus" and "shoot" from the remote position OR will it??

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Clive Liddell
Pietermaritzburg
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TiggerGTO

Apex, US
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#6. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 5

TiggerGTO Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2006
Mon 14-Sep-09 07:16 PM

If you have a5 set to AF-ON only, the MC-30 will not activate autofocus when depressed half way.

Danny
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56chevy

Austin, US
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#7. "RE: Using AF-ON with the MC-30 remote" | In response to Reply # 6

56chevy Registered since 05th Oct 2008
Mon 14-Sep-09 07:52 PM

Danny -- thanks
That is what I needed to hear --a good firm answer
Thanks again

Art
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