D800: focus setting for wildlife

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mais51
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Re: @ harshaj1 !
In reply to T O Shooter, 4 months ago

T O Shooter wrote:

JP Scherrer wrote:

harshaj1 wrote:

This is what is use for Birds. Here is a blog post I did in the past. Hope this helps

http://harshajphotos.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/photographing-bald-eagles-lock-and-dam-14-mississippi-river-2013/

AF-on button activate the AF.(a4)

Drive mode set to CH(high)

AF-C and Af points to D-9

a1 – Release
a3 – Short to Normal
a6 – on
a7 – 51
a8 – off

Metering- My default metering is matrix metering. I use this for 95% of the time and works well. Only instance when this may not work is when shooting in bright sunny days and the eagle is backlit. In those instances I use center weighted matrix metering.

Harsha

Thanks for the tips !

Now, is there a way to store ALL these settings in one of D800 memory and "call" it whenever one wants to use the AF-ON trick ? ...I mean, I usually use AF-S with the normal settings, but I'd like to be able to recall the complete AF-ON "system" only by changing memory # ?

OTOH, iI did try several times the AF-ON trick, but after so many years of habits of pressing the shutter button, I found very difficult to change my habits.... ! ...maybe the old age doesn't help....

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You can store them, but any changes you make while in there stays. And I tend to change settings, so why bother. U1 and U2 of the 600s and 7000s are the way to go, but Nikon doesn't seem to think so.

You should make another attempt with that AF-ON button unless you are happy with how it works now. Much better. Separates focus from firing

Forefinger on the Shutter Button and Thumb on the AF-ON Button - basically focus by the thumb shoot when ready with the forefinger - helps stabilise the camera too.  With a little bit of practice it becomes second habit - just remember to tell your friends if you ever hand them your camera otherwise lots of OOF photos.  These days I just reverse back to Shutter button Focus before handing my camera to friends because they always insist that I should be in the photos

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