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D200 AF System - underutilized?

TonyStepper

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"D200 AF System - underutilized?"

TonyStepper Registered since 14th Jan 2013
Tue 15-Jan-13 08:01 PM

Greets all.
There's probably a question in here somewhere but am having
trouble formulating it off the bat.. I'll try for the short version.

D200 shooter.. moved up from a D1x.. totally amateur but I like nice
gear. Where're you folks hiding my D400??

In looking through my photo collection it turns out I really must
like impromptu portraits. 99% of the time seems like its indoors in poor light
(so large apertures .. rarely go above ISO400.. pop-up flash
helps sometimes.. the SB600 usually somewhere else)

So recently I've had myself a couple of kids.. oldest is a nuclear-powered
3 year old who never stops.

From day one: Aperture P/M, single servo, single area.
Focus / recompose / shoot. I rarely even move the AF area.
Old habits maybe.

17-55DX is weapon of choice.. at 55&2.8 .. maybe 4-5' away, my
DOF is 2" deep.

I have a lot of photos of my kids with one eye in focus.

So I bump the ISO up (small prints, if they even get printed), turn
on more lights, find the sb600, and now at least their top halves
are in focus.

Thing is, and here's the question: I might not be taking advantage
of my AF system.

Given what I've described, is there a better mode to be in?
AFC&CH seem a little absurd to be honest.

(Thought I've tried a swinging-can test tonight with ISO3200 and
all the AF modes and still wasn't firing as many shots as I expected).

Focus-tracking-lock-on-with-Predictive-Nuclear-Kid-Movement, how
do I turn that on?

Sorry so long winded.. and maybe vague.. but maybe someone here's
been through something similar.

Don't get me wrong, I still get some great shots.. but I usually
take 20-30 (before wife starts rolling eyes) and keep 1-2.
(because of focus).

Thanks!

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