Shooting moving subject (walking) at f/1.8 - poor hit rate in indoor light

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Re: Shooting moving subject (walking) at f/1.8 - poor hit rate in indoor light
In reply to m_appeal, Dec 27, 2012

m_appeal wrote:

Is it a plain impossible task? I'm shooting with D800 and 85mm f/1.8 (yes, not the fastest lens I know) in a small room with a subject about 4m away moving slowly towards me. With both release/focus priority the hit rate is worse than what I want.

Keep in mind that the AF Assist Illuminator on the D800 only has a 3 meter range. So if you are shooting at 4 meters in low light, that is going to be a problem.

I realize the depth of field is going to very narrow. Do you use flash?

The AF Assist Illuminators on Nikon Speedlight flashes have triple the range of the AF Assist built into Nikon cameras. So if you use a Speedlight, its going to be able to get more accurate focus readings in poor light in many cases, due to this much greater range that its AF Assist Illuminator has.

Here is my D600 in action indoors, using bounced light from a Nikon SB-900

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