D800 Single-point AF vs. Normal AF

Started Jan 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
CraigBennett
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Re: Here's why
In reply to moving_comfort, Jan 24, 2013

moving_comfort wrote:

Yes, and you have to make sure you select "AF-ON only" in custom setting menu a4, otherwise you'll have a lot of times where it might try to refocus as you depress the shutter button, which I think screws a lot of people up.

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Exactly!  Also make sure that the custom setting a1 is on the default of Release or Release + Focus too.

I used to use AFS single point that I pick.  I now use the AFC, single point that I pick, but set the AF-On only and use the AF-On button.  I like how I can focus on the subject using the AF-On button and let go of the button to reframe if needed.  The focus will stay where I let go of the button.  But, if the subject is moving (Bride) I just keep holing the AF-On button and let the focus follow.  When I'm happy with the frame, I continue to hold down the AF-On button and press the shutter release.

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