Nikon D800 Autofocus Custom Settings a1 to a8
The Nikon D800 has a very powerful autofocus system with new features not before seen on a Nikon D-SLR. So, with great power, comes great responsibility, isn't that how the saying goes? In this article, you'll have a great read, about all your Custom AF-Settings refined to simplicity from an excerpt from Mastering the Nikon D800 by Darrell Young, published by NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook. Here, we talk about the Custom Setting Menu and eight distinct Custom Settings just for the autofocus system. We've divided this article into chapters for easy reading, and clicking. So grab a nice cup of joe or tea, whatever hits the spot, and enjoy!
Let’s consider each of the Custom Settings and see how best to configure the Nikon D800 camera for excellent results.
Custom Settings a1 to a8
You’ll find eight distinct settings within the a Autofocus menu in the D800.
- a1 – AF-C priority selection
- a2 – AF-S priority selection
- a3 – Focus tracking with lock-on
- a4 – AF activation
- a5 – AF point illumination
- a6 – Focus point wrap-around
- a7 – Number of focus points
- a8 – Built-in AF assist illuminator
This first sub-section is about how to configure the autofocus system in various ways. The whole process is rather complex—and important for good photography. I thought autofocus and related functions important enough that I’ve included in this book an entire chapter dedicated to Autofocus (AF), AF-area modes, and Release modes. It covers autofocus and its supporting functions in much deeper detail. Please be sure to read that chapter well.
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