D780 AF problem for dogs with black faces

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OP Kelley Hoffman Senior Member • Posts: 1,299
Re: D780 AF problem for dogs with black faces

Jon in Thailand wrote:


Kelly I've had, and still have, this same problem with black dogs.

I'm an old guy and have been photographing dogs for many years.


For the last 15 years or so I've been photographing rescued dogs

in the jungle of Thailand. This is under a triple canopy jungle where

the light can be very elusive and difficult to find. Or under a white hot

tropical sun. Sense the D300 was released I've been using it in the jungle.

Very tough camera. For the most part a Nikkor 17-55 2.8 lens is mounted an

on occasions a Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR is used. Usually the dogs are moving at

a brisk clip. So what I've found is if you can get the dog to pass through a glint

of light their eyes will often catch that light and become a keeper. And yes like

others I shoot for the eyes usually in f2.8. I'll include a photo of one of my rescued

jungle dogs taken with the Nikon D300 and Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR. This part of the

jungle is next to our home and quite dark unless a spot of light appears as it did

in this photo. If the light hadn't opened up I would of had trouble with focus.


We have lots of cobras here and this is one of the best snake dogs we've had.

He only has one good eye and is over 8 years old yet he is as fast as a mongoose.



Yes. All of this makes sense to me. With my D7000 I always used 1 focus point on the eye, shot mostly at 2.8 with my 70-200 VR. Still trying to figure out how to set D780 to one focal point. Supposedly it can be done, but it's not intuitive. I can't figure it out. Googled. Checked manual. Poked around on camera. No help.


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