The Art of Focus

Started May 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: The Art of Focus
In reply to Robin Casady, May 15, 2012

Robin Casady wrote:

Set camera to AF-C

Custom Menu Settings
a1) Release (camera will take photo whether in focus or not)
a4) AF-ON only (shutter release button does not activate AF)

Center the subject for focusing in the active AF box (I usually use the center).
Activate focus by pressing and releasing the AF-ON button.
Recompose and press shutter release button.

If you want to track a moving subject, simply keep the AF-ON button depressed until you are ready to shoot.

You can use this with your choice of AF boxes and/or AF points.
Robin Casady

I've noticed the D4 has some interesting options for focus priority that my D7000 did not have. There's the usual Focus and Release, but then there's also "Focus + Release" and "Release + Focus".

I've been using the "Release + Focus" for a week and prefer it over just Release, which used to be my preferred mode. I've found that the camera will slow down when in CH drive mode as it tries to get focus, but I can still force the camera to take a picture even if the image is not in focus.

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