D600 Question: focus points too limited? A: Yes

Started Nov 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
KnightPhoto2
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Re: D600 Question: focus points too limited? A: Yes
In reply to jonikon, Nov 23, 2012

jonikon wrote:

EYeye wrote:

I shot a wedding and struggled with the fact that my tall bride (6'2") could NOT have the focus point (shooting single point AFC - focus point her far eye) on her eye and have the frame (vertical & worse horizontal) from head to toe including her dress with short train arrayed behind her (outdoor wedding in confined Japanese Garden space). Used 24-85mm VR due to plenty of light outdoors.

This got WORSE (of course) indoors using 50mm 1.4G (low light - KUDOS to D600 here - shot at ISO 3200 and occasionally higher up to ISO 6400 as DJ lowered lights for dancing). It was very hard (for me - YMMV) to "foot zoom", pan with shallow DOF (shot lots at f2 or f2.2), and focus and recompose, so I lost some nice shots to lack of optimum focus (have not yet been to LR4 - maybe I can save some).

What did I learn? YES - I do wish the outer focus point could be moved "higher" in the frame with the joy stick (both vertically and horizontally - AKA landscape or portrait), especially in tight places and with 50mm prime. This likely would be true as well for lower placement of focus point shooting animals low in a frame in landscape shooting, or BIF low to water. I'd want to move the focus point lower.

Did you try using Face Detection focusing? I believe FD will cover the entire frame for you.

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Jon, I believe that FD only covers the entire frame in LiveView.

I intend to give FD more of a workout both in and out of LV. As has been mentioned above, the 91000 point RGB sensors may provide very good functionality.

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