This is probably a stupid question. But after weeks of searching through the menus, I really can't find an answer. How can I get all of the autofocus points to be displayed in the viewfinder? I only have the active autofocus point displayed and I would like to see all of the points in the viewfinder.
I don't believe that all 51 focus points can ever be illuminated at once. Using AF-S and Auto Area AF, often multiple sensors will light up momentarily, but in AF-C, those sensors never even illuminate briefly. Sequential illumination can be obtained in AF-C and Dynamic area AF if the subject (or the camera) moves.
f/8 and be there?....but I'm moving as fast as I can...let's see now....f/2...f/2.8...f/4...f5.6...got it!
I have seen many reviews of the D700 in which they show and image of the viewfinder in which the framing lines and all of the autofocus points are outlines. Perhaps that is just an illustration to show the reader where the autofocus points are, but I thought that maybe there was a way to set the camera so that you can see them. I think my D70 shows all 5 points and highlights the one in use and I thought maybe the D700 would do the same.
>I have seen many reviews of the D700 in which they show and >image of the viewfinder in which the framing lines and all of >the autofocus points are outlines. Perhaps that is just an >illustration to show the reader where the autofocus points >are, but I thought that maybe there was a way to set the >camera so that you can see them. I think my D70 shows all 5 >points and highlights the one in use and I thought maybe the >D700 would do the same.
Through its marketing reps, Nikon provides graphics to reviewers for illustration purposes. A reviewer (such as Pop Photo which has lab resources) can actually shoot some of the images (menu screens, the physical camera body, and so on), but there's no practical way to shoot the view inside the finder.
I think the main reason there's no setting to turn on all 51 focus points is that it might obscure a lot of detail and make it difficult to compose properly. That said, you may have a great reason for wanting all 51 points visible at the same time. Do tell.
I would like to see some focal points in the viewfinder, but I don't see any. Only when I depress the shutter button do I see the one that is being used. When I move the focal point around, I would like to see some points in the viewfinder to know where the focal point is going when I am framing the shot.
As I noted earlier, sequential visualization can be obtained using the "C" setting of the Focus Mode Selector and the middle setting (crosshairs?) of the AF area mode selector, if the subject (or the camera) moves. There is always one focus point visible using this method.
f/8 and be there?....but I'm moving as fast as I can!
Flub, if you turn the viewfinder grid ON, you will at least see the "bounds within which the 51 AF points are held" and therefore gain a reasonably good understanding of where the focus point will go next (while thumb-wheeling it around). This is particularly helpful if you also have 'Focus Point Wrap Around' turned ON.
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Not to worry...in a few short years, there'll be focusing points over the entire screen, visible or hidden at your choice. Meanwhile, the current postions make transitional focusing easier, although focusing at the extreme edges is lacking.
f/8 and be there?....but I'm moving as fast as I can...lessee...f/2...f/2.8...f/4...f/5.6...got it!
Pressing 'INFO' to get the LCD to display all manners of stuff, the focus points are shown, and those chosen AF boxes are marked.
Also, using Dynamic autofocus, the focus box darts around so fast with moving subjects, that it appears many times that 4 or 5 are lit. AutoFocus 3way switch and Focus "L" lock must be off and AF-C used.