I have two d700's and can not seem to get the assist light to come on to help with focus in a dark environment. I have answered yes to the menu question ...but they do not come on...I ust have some othe stting wrong...any ideas, a little frustrated now. thank you in advance.... Blossombogart
Is the AF mode set to AF-S? The AF Assist light is disabled in AF-C mode. You must also use the center focus point.
From the D700 User Manual: "The AF-assist illuminator lights when lighting is poor. AF assist illumination is only available when both of the following conditions are met: 1. Single-servo autofocus is selected for focus mode (pg. 72). 2. Auto-area AF is chosen for AF-area mode (pg. 74), or single-point or dynamic-area AF is chosen and the center focus point is selected."
Well Marty, regretfully, I still can not get either camera to use the assist led light. Since it is both cameras I imagine it is something I am not doing right. One camera I had a flash and the other I had a radio transmitter for two other flashes' on stands. I put it in AF-s (switch on lower front), I had the focus area on single area focus and used the center focus point. I tried different combinations to no avail. With two cameras I know it has to be me...but what the heck? I had to struggle during a low light shoot to get focus, it sort of hinders creativity and a lot of missed shots. Still frustrated but will try again...probably something so simple I can't see it. Patricia
Is Custom Setting a2 AF-S Release Priority to Release by any chance? a2 AF-S Release Priority must be set to Focus for the AF Assist light in the camera body or the AF Illuminator built into a Speedlight mounted in the cameras hotshoe to work.
Most Speedlights have an Infrared AF Assist Illuminator built into them. Mounting a Speedlight in the hotshoe disables the cameras built-in AF Assist light, though it should enable the AF Illuminator built-into the Speedlight. What model of Speedlight are you mounting in the hotshoe?
I did not think the assist light was working on my D700 either. Then one evening I stepped into a dark room, closed the door and tried the camera. The assist light came on immediately. I think the camera was just getting enough light to focus every time I'd tried it before.