I have been using AF Nikon cameras since 1990, and have always gotten good focus accuracy using the center focus point and recomposing as needed. I found that multi-point focus with 5 points was helpful when using a tripod. But I can't figure out what I am supposed to do with 39 focus points. The camera never uses the correct spot, for example focusing on a nose instead of an eye for a portrait. With the possible exception of tracking moving objects, what good is it? Am I missing something here?
#1. "RE: Multi-point focus Q" | In response to Reply # 0ShrimpBoy Registered since 08th Jan 2006Wed 04-Jul-12 01:01 PM
If you're shooting in AF-S mode and manually selecting the focus point, you've got more points to choose from, meaning less composition change (and less change of parallax errors) when you focus and recompose.
If you're in one of the tracking modes, the camera has more points to use to track a moving a subject and so theoretically should do a better job.
If you're letting the camera automatically choose where to focus, I'll agree that the focus point can jump all over and then it's hit and miss whether it chooses what you'd have considered the correct point.
I'm still in the early stages with my D7000 so I'll let others coach you on how best to use the different modes. But if the automatic stuff isn't working, you can set AF-S and single point and you should be able to work the way you've always worked.
What bugs me with moving up from 5 points on the D70 and 11 points on the D90 is that the D7000's 39 points don't really cover any more of the frame. If you want to focus on something close to the edge, you still have to focus and recompose unless you have the opportunity to focus with live view.
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#2. "RE: Multi-point focus Q" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Wed 04-Jul-12 03:59 PM
>But I can't
>figure out what I am supposed to do with 39 focus points. The
>camera never uses the correct spot, for example focusing on a
>nose instead of an eye for a portrait.
You have already hinted at the source of the problem: the camera picks the focus point. In "auto area" mode, the camera picks the focus point. Often times that point will be the one with the closest focus distance (nose vs eyes). In "single point" and "dynamic area", you pick the starting point.
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#3. "RE: Multi-point focus Q" | In response to Reply # 2Patrick604 Nikonian since 24th Jun 2012Thu 05-Jul-12 03:46 AM
Ok then, single point it is. And the next time the dirty rotten scoundrel I share this camera with puts it back into auto, I will smack him upside the head with a slimy wet salmon. Thanks!