D600/D610 users with kids: what AF mode do you use?

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jintoku
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D600/D610 users with kids: what AF mode do you use?
10 months ago

I am finding the 39-point area too restrictive so recently switched to center point AF. I also seem to get more consistent results with AF-S than AF-C.

This is just an informal survey to see what other folks are doing to get their little ones in focus?

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In reply to jintoku, 10 months ago

Although i do not have a D600/610 i do have 2 D800/E, I would use AF-C with back button focusing, If it moves then AF-C is the only way to go

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I set up the AE/AF lock button to force C-AF ON (buried in the menus) and then use CAF on demand.  Single/center focus seems to work best for me, but I've seen people comment that using d9 can also work well.  I shoot manual, Auto-ISO, and depending on the lighting will set up the minimum ISO to ensure I get the right exposure range, and I pretty much leave aperture set to a reasonable DOF.  Trigger button must be set on release, not Focus, with the assumption being that you'll have the C-AF running before you fire the shot so you can just fire when you like the shot.

With a fast lens, the camera does extremely well in most settings.

The settings are saved on U1.

I've used this at social events and triathlons with high success rates.

The main downside is that if you hand the camera to someone else, then they won't remember to hit that AE/AF lock button, so change it before you take a volunteer to do your portrait…..

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In reply to AndyW17, 10 months ago

Thank you, that sounds very much worth trying!!

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I set up the AE/AF lock button to force C-AF ON (buried in the menus) and then use CAF on demand. Single/center focus seems to work best for me, but I've seen people comment that using d9 can also work well. I shoot manual, Auto-ISO, and depending on the lighting will set up the minimum ISO to ensure I get the right exposure range, and I pretty much leave aperture set to a reasonable DOF. Trigger button must be set on release, not Focus, with the assumption being that you'll have the C-AF running before you fire the shot so you can just fire when you like the shot.

With a fast lens, the camera does extremely well in most settings.

The settings are saved on U1.

I've used this at social events and triathlons with high success rates.

The main downside is that if you hand the camera to someone else, then they won't remember to hit that AE/AF lock button, so change it before you take a volunteer to do your portrait…..

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In reply to jintoku, 10 months ago

See this thread also. Note the comment about turning tracking focus OFF in A3.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3623764

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