Do you use AF-ON or shutter half-press to focus?

Started May 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: then set a1: = "focus"
In reply to Russell Proulx, May 26, 2012

Russell Proulx wrote:

I do a lot of 'Event/PR/Press' type work where getting the shot comes 1st and having it 100% sharp comes 2nd. Some of the best (or at least most famous) photos even taken in the history of photography are not perfectly sharp.

I need the camera shutter to open when I press the shutter release, regardless of anything else. A small beep would be useful sometimes. But I live without it and just watch the little in-focus light in the viewfinder.

To have a camera refuse to fire because the focus sensor doesn't judge the photo to be sharp enough is (at least for me) unacceptable.

Same here. I shoot a lot of sports and I need the shutter to fire immediately when I tell it to. If it doesn't because the camera isn't sure it has perfect focus, I miss the shot. If it does fire, there's at least a chance that I get the shot.

In practice, it's my responsibility to have achieved focus prior to the critical moment so things are in focus at the important moment when I press the shutter.
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