Finally did it, bought a D7000

Started May 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jim Holtz Senior Member • Posts: 1,050
Re: Finally did it, bought a D7000

NikonScavenger wrote:

The AF performance of the D7k is inferior to the D3. If portability was your goal, a D300s/D300 would have probably been a better choice. I am not thrilled with the AF performance of nikon's D7000, despite a trip to the factory.

I think that expecting D3 performance overall out of an advanced amateur camera vs a D3 might be unrealistic. However, many pros have found the D7000 to be very good by simply using the correct setting which are different that what you're used to. The 51 point focus system is different from the D7000 39 point.

Try this and then see how you get along:

Set AF mode to AF-C
a1 AF-C priority set to* Focus* (this is very important!).
a3 Set to OFF.
a6 Number of focus points = 39
f5 Assign AEL/AFL button to AF lock only.

I choose the number of AF points base on the requirements of my subject.
• 1 point for static objects.
• 9 points for slow or predictable direction moving subjects.

• 21 points for erratic moving subjects (like hummingbirds), that only fill a small portion of the scene.

With this AF set-up, keep your shutter button half pressed so the lens continuously adjusts focus until you actually fully depress the shutter. Focus and re-compose is accomplished by pushing and holding down the AFL button after subject focus is achieved.


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