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Which auto focus mode for shooting fast oncoming subjects?

Mr Moose

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Mr Moose Registered since 05th Jan 2011
Thu 17-Mar-11 08:00 PM

One of my favorite subjects to photograph are Trains. Yes, I'm what they call a "Rail Fan" and we like taking train pictures.
With my D200 I always used manual focus, I would pick a spot along the track, focus on that, and take as many as 5 to 10 shots, the first shots just behind my focus point and the last after. If I have a freight train coming at me @70 mph, this doesn't take very long.
With the D7000, can its improved AF lock on to something coming at me that fast?
What would the best settings be? One other thing to take into account is the head light, and the two smaller and lower ditch lights. I'm not sure if they would be a problem or not.

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