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Rassie

Milton, CA
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"RE: AF-S or AF-C?"

Rassie Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Wed 19-Jun-13 09:26 PM | edited Wed 19-Jun-13 09:38 PM by Rassie

Here's how I do it.
I have the AF-ON set to the AE-L/AF-L button, set on center-point, together with appropriate ISO and F/stop for my stationary bird pictures. This is saved into U1 user mode. In this mode the camera only focuses when I hit the AE-L/AF-L button. I only re-focus when the bird moves closer or farther away. Once focus is set it leaves me free to not have the shutter button attempting to re-focus every time I touch it or when I re-compose.

For fast-moving birds or animals, I set a somewhat higher ISO, preferred shutter speed or aperture and AF-C focus mode with dynamic autofocus. In this mode I leave the autofocus linked to the shutter button. This is saved into U2.

So I'll be using U1 for a stationary bird. If it should decide to take off I can switch the mode dial to U2 and keep shooting. Since the two user modes are directly adjacent to each other on the mode dial, all it takes is a small turn of one click to switch to the other user mode.

The reason I don't like AF-C on static subjects is that grasses, leaves or branches could be blown into and out of the picture and have the camera re-focus on that at the wrong moment. This especially happens on breezy days when the bird is among branches and foliage in a tree.

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