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Low-Light Focus Issues: Please advise


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blingo999 Registered since 03rd Dec 2008
Tue 01-Sep-09 12:11 AM

Apologies in advance...I'm sure I could sort this out myself given more time, but I have another shoot coming up and could use some help sorting this out quickly.

I've been experiencing problems focusing at dusk on a moving (sometimes not moving) subject using a D700 and 2.8 lens.

This latest shoot I was holding the camera with one hand and flash out to the side with the other, using CLS to control the flash. Half the images were out of focus. I tried single shot mode (S) and continuous (C).

Equipment at my disposal: SB-900, SB-600, SU-800 (IR controller).

Problem I need to solve: Using CLS to fire off-camera flash, (1) what are the best autofocus settings, and (2) what is the best equipment combo to achieve focus?

I believe the SB-900 can be used as a focus assist, but I don't know how to control the off camera flash if the SB-900 is in the hotshoe.

Here is one of the better shots from this weekend to give you an idea of the problem I'm trying to solve. I blew a bunch of shots getting to this one.

Thanks in advance for your help.


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