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AF Fine tuning on D800

kodiak photo

Montréal, (Qc), CA
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"RE: AF Fine tuning on D800"

kodiak photo Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013
Tue 07-May-13 10:14 PM | edited Tue 07-May-13 10:36 PM by kodiak photo

Hey James,

I understand
1• that you are shooting with a D800 and a 500mm ƒ4 VR, very good weaponry
2• that you are shooting at f8, no much DoF but you should get at least a sharp area in the pict somewhere
3• that you are shooting at 1/250s, these are so swift that you could have chosen to shoot 4 times faster
4• that you are shooting at ISO 320, in those light conditions, you could have gone to 4x more to increase the speed
5• that you are shooting in AFC single point mode. This is not bad, but more points would be better

I will be honest with you, given the info provided,
I think you "{( could )}" be the cause of your own misery. Please, let me explain:

Even if you'd done every right:
ƒ8 +1/1000s + ISO 1200 + AFC 11 points
you could still come up with the same results !!!

"But why?" you will ask…

Before I blame your equipment, I will ask you one question. If I may:

Are you shooting in "Release Priority" or "Auto-Focus Priority" ?

If you were shooting in "Auto-Focus Priority"
YOUR CAMERA WOULD NEVER LET YOU PULL THE TRIGGER!
Because the camera will not take the picture if it is not confirmed sharp
(the green dot at the bottom left of your viewfinder).

If not, I conclude that you are in "Release Priority" and there is the first place to check.

GO TO: Menu > Custom Setting Menu > a Autofocus >< from a1 to a8>.
1• Study the functions,
2• make the selections that best suit your work,
3• shoot some more birdies
4• don't forget to share!

Then, BUT ONLY THEN, will I consider blaming your equipment if you get bad pictures still.

But I want to see the pictures first! Promised?

Have a good time!

Kodiak
Groovy Shootings
Image Média
www.kodiakmedia.at

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