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Trying to dumb down D800 autofocus

Bluefin

Danville, US
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Bluefin Registered since 14th Nov 2006
Sat 28-Jul-12 11:49 PM

I never really maximized all the AF capabilities of any of the Dxxx bodies I've owned. It's just too much information to understand, test and remember. The way I used to choose AF mode was "Let's try this!" which is probably why I pull a MF lens first if the situation will allow it.

Does anyone else struggle with all the options and combinations of options for AF?

Right now I'm making a real effort to study Thom's D800 book on AF and I think I have a plan to dumb down my options and I want to run my plan by you guys to see if I've missed anything. I basically shoot 4 different genres:

1 - Landscape = MF
2 - Fine art portraits & nudes = MF
3 - Birds and wildlife = 51-point dynamic-area AF
4 - Candid family portraits = Auto-area AF

I would always leave the camera on "AFC" mode.

Not sure how to configure Custom Menu Setting #a3 "Focus Tracking with Lock-on" for the two AF modes.

MF for #1 & #2 are personal preference so no need to sell me on AF for those.

I wish I could configure AF modes into the Menu Banks because I have them set up for different types of shooting.

Hopefully this will work for me and I will not lose too much capability by ignoring the rest of the D800 AF options. Please let me know If I'm making a mistake......

Mark Sloane
Danville, CA

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