I recently upgraded to a D600 and this weekend when shooting a portrait workshop, the focus point would sporadically track through the multiple points vertically in portrait orientation. I had the AF set to AF-S. This never happened to me with my D7000. Is this a setting issue? the portrait session was in a studio and we were shooting with one and two strobes. Thanks.
This could be an electronics malfunction. I have had strange behavior in my D600 as well. Take this up with Tech support at your dealer or Nikon promptly. I certainly am before the thirty day expiration for exchange or refund.
This may be that you are inadvertently pressing the Multi-Selector control on the rear of the camera with some part of your hand or face. Try locking the Multi-Selector with the surrounding switch and see if the problem goes away
Mon 06-May-13 08:28 AM | edited Mon 06-May-13 08:55 AM by kodiak photo
I went through the same puzzling situation with my D800E that shares a similar layout to the D600.
I think Brian has the right explanation: "… inadvertently pressing the Multi-Selector control“
My younger son and I are left eye shooters as my older one is a right eye. I discovered that we were not the only ones to experience this effect as that it is very frequently observable by left eye shooters in the beginning.
This is a "getting used to" issue. You will be better off if this is your only camera. But we are working with other cameras with other layout so it will less easy for us.
Does it happen with any other times, like when sitting on a tripod or in landscape orientation? If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Brian's suggestion of inadvertant pressing the multi-selector. Are you using a grip or the right-arm-overhead position? Try holding the camera in that overhead position and rest your thumb on the upper back, around the AE_L/AF-L button and look where the lower part of your thumb rests....right over the top of the right direction multi-selector. Right button is UP in portrait orientation. That is one of many reasons that portrait shooters get vertical grips and never take them off.
I fully agree... When the focus point start dancing, I know my multi selector lock is off (bag or whatever)... Just as when my camera goes shooting all by itself, it's because the shutter lock of the vertical shutter has been moved on the off position...! (I do have a nice collection of flashed shoes )