D780 and Z owners - AF-C Single Focus - LiveView vs OVF any different?

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j_photo Veteran Member • Posts: 5,202
Re: D780 and Z owners - AF-C Single Focus - LiveView vs OVF any different?

skyrunr wrote:

Q. Does the AF-C and Single focusing area using the OVF (versus LiveView) continue to no settle (nervous/jitter/search) or does it behave more like a DSLR?

No, Z focus does not behave like DSLR focus. If you are trying to make the Z behave the same as your D500 you will IMO always be fighting the system and disappointed with the outcome. Getting good results from the Z requires learning the new system and figuring out how to get the most out of it. I'm not suggesting Z focus is under all conditions on par with the best DSLR focus--but it is different for sure.

In your post you say that Single-point AF is jumping all over the scene. If that's the case, something is wrong. Single-point should not move on its own. Pressing the shutter is causing the camera to refocus. That's because of your camera settings, not any fault of the camera. And you are basing your settings on Auto shooting mode. Sounds like you you need to get out of that mode entirely.

This past year I've shot thousands of images using AF-C and Single-point AF, many under tough focus conditions. This camera is certainly capable of producing good results. Maybe you need to be more flexible in your approach to using the Z, or maybe it's just not to your liking and you should stick with traditional DSLR focusing?

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