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How accurate is focus and recompose?

wooster

UK
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wooster Registered since 02nd Nov 2011
Sun 30-Sep-12 12:41 AM

Not sure if this is the right part of the forum for this question but if not maybe a mod will move it?

With all the discussion re the D800 left AF point issue, a number of people have dismissed it as being not very important because they tend to use the centre AF point(s)only.

I take portraits and I like shallow DOF with the eye sharp and the rest going blurred. I've never used the "focus and recompose" technique because I always thought it to be inaccurate.

Now some argue that the difference between focussing a centre AF point on the left eye and then swivelling the camera a bit to the right is neither here nor there, and I realise it will depend on your aperture and just how far you angle the camera away from the original point but I'd still say that in 99% of cases, if your shooting a close up at f1.4 any difference is crucial. I am right am I not?

Sorry if this is a bit daft but it's nearly 2am here in the UK and I'm way past my bedtime

Which of us is right?

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