I have switched to using the AF-ON method to auto focus -- and am getting fewer out of focus shots now.
I have just ordered the MC-30 remote cable for my D700 (and D300) and am eager to try it out.
However -- I got to thinking about this -- and got to wondering about the following situation --
Lets say I am setting up to BRACKET 5 shots (maybe for an HDR or something). I frame up my shot, press and release the AF-ON button to get focus -- (I would have already set my camera to CL so I only have to press the remote one time -- at least I think it works that way - please correcct me if I am wrong) and my camera then fires off the 5 bracketed shots
My question is -- after the first shot of the series -- will I then lose auto focus -- in other words -- will AF-ON then turn off and the balance of 4 shots then be out of focus -- or will focus HOLD for all 5 shots in the series ?
Thanks in advance -- I would appreciate some clairification on this
To get a 5-shot bracket using CL, you'll need to keep the MC-30 release button pressed until all 5 shots are complete. That's the same as if you were using the camera's shutter button to fire the shutter.
Once you release the AF-ON button, the camera will stay focused at the same distance for all 5 shots. If your subject and the camera don't move, all shots would have the same focus.
Be sure you use AF-C mode with the AF-ON button. That way when you press the shutter release or remote, the shutter will fire even if you have recomposed after focusing. If you use AF-S with the default focus priority setting, the shutter will not fire if whatever is under the selected focus sensor is not in focus after you recompose.