The recent post on exposure preferences makes for interesting reading, no matter the degree of experience. I'd be curious to hear how the more experienced members select an AF- Area mode. For example general shooting, landscapes, kids soccer, and so forth.
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#1. "RE: Shooting preferences D300" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Mon 16-Jul-12 02:42 PM
In all cases, I use as few sensors as possible....
For static subjects I use single area mode so that *I* am in full control of my destiny. For better or worse .
For birds in flight I usually use 9 pt dynamic but sometimes I experiment with 21. Again, I use as few as possible. If I can get away with 9, I use 9 and no more.
I don't shoot sports often enough to develop trends. The only sport I shoot regularly is jousting, where I use single sensor mode but that has some very niche requirements and problems. So I don't have any firm recommendations or "What I Do's" for sports. When I do shoot regular sports I use as few sensors as possible . Since that works with everything else.
Although I rarely use 51 pt modes I wouldn't say I recommend not using them. I just find them unnecessary for my shooting and it runs counter to my general philosophy. Some people are very successful with those modes.
I don't mind the camera leaving me something to do, and that is also reflected in my opinions here
Much of this is very camera body specific. I use a D300 and D700, and all the above is based on those bodies. With my D2h I never shot multiple sensor mode of any kind because I didn't find it to work well on that body.
As processors get faster than some of my objections to multiple sensor mode may not stand the test of time. But in the end there will always be the issue of who is in final control of my destiny and I don't think cameras will ever, in the foreseeable future, *always* out-think me in the case where I can keep up with the action.
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#3. "RE: Shooting preferences D300" | In response to Reply # 2nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 18-Jul-12 08:56 AM
You're welcome, Frederick .
This is a good subject for further research in the archives, where over the years it has been frequently discussed, with a wide variety of opinions expressed.
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