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Remote shutter release focus observations

pencho

Roswell, US
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pencho Registered since 19th Jun 2012
Tue 05-Mar-13 06:21 PM

On my D800 I had focus setting set up via af-on button. I typically use AF-C in single point focus with af-on button for focus and shutter halfway or ae-L button for setting exposure. To focus on stationary I frame and tap af-on to focus and for moving objects I just hold down af-on button to capture shot. I learned this method on this forum when I had my D7000 and it works well for me.

I have a Vello Freewave Wireless Remote Shutter Release and a Nikon ML-L3 remote control. I could not get either one to focus for self-portraits. I found that if I set focus mode to use af-on OR shutter via the custom menu, the Freewave will then focus. If it’s only set to focus with af-on button, the Freewave will not focus. I read somewhere that the ML-L3 will not engage focus when in AF-C mode. You have to be in AF-S for focusing to work. So I switched to AF-S when I used the ML-L3.

For now I am using the Vello and set my focus to af-on OR shutter button via the custom menu. I don’t think the D7000 had the option to use both, you had to choose shutter or set the AE-L button to AF-ON. So I think having the option to use either on the D800 is a good thing.

If I am missing something or there are better options for focusing with a remote shutter release please let me know. Thanks!

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