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D200 AF System - underutilized?

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Wed 16-Jan-13 01:13 AM

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

f/2.8 at a short distance = shallow depth of field.

>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.

Suggests you are shooting down at them. Try getting down on their level.

Use the SB600 with a diffuser or bounced, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/125.
This should get you in focus with a reasonable DOF and frozen action.

>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.

Moving targets should be shot in af-continuous. That way the camera keeps focusing as the subject moves.

>(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?

AF-C
Dynamic group or single-point
Lock-on (a5) set to short or off
Highly recommend the af-on button.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

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