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Focus Priority D80

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by taat2d, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    Is there a setting on the D80 to set focus priority? If there is I can't find it in the menu or manual. Is that chapter missing from my manual? Hehe :biggrin:
     
  2. You can set your focus point if that is what you mean.

    I select focus points from time to time.

    See page 30 of the manual. Unlock the focus selector (item 8, page 3), then use the multi selector (item 13, page 3).

    MikeT
     
  3. Ewout_vB

    Ewout_vB

    300
    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I believe that the AF-S and AF-C have different focus priorities.

    AF-S is focus and AF-C is shutter priority, I believe? (I know using the AE-LOCK as AF-ON and AF-C you get shutter priority)
     
  4. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    This is more along the line of what I meant. I want to set it to focus priority to use when shooting sports, if it can be done with the D80.
     
  5. panda81

    panda81

    Feb 7, 2008
    Texas
    Ewout is correct - it's AF-S mode.
     
  6. Ewout_vB

    Ewout_vB

    300
    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Personally I hate it -- but focus priority is definitely AF-S. hehe...

    But wouldn't it be easier (especially for sports) to use the AF-C mode? AF-S will focus once instead of continually (AF-C).
     
  7. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    I tried AF-C the other night. It was my first attempt shooting soprts using my sigma 70-200/monopod. I didn't get sharp images. Using th AF-C is shutter priority, and I ened up getting alot of OOF shots.
     
  8. Ewout_vB

    Ewout_vB

    300
    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Have you tried using the AF-ON trick? (Set the AE-LOCK button to AF-ON; works great for me--lots of other people really recommend it too)
     
  9. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    I just started using that. The improvement I see is unbelievable!! That was recommeded to me a few weeks ago by Greyflash. For some unknown reason I didn't think it would work well for sports, so I went back to using half press focus. I'm going to try AF/ON at this weeks try.
     
  10. Ewout_vB

    Ewout_vB

    300
    Feb 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    :wink:

    Yea I love it -- decreased the amount of OOF pictures I've taken by a tremendous amount.
     
  11. jamesd3rd

    jamesd3rd

    399
    May 4, 2007
    So. Cal
    So if understand the manual correctly, the AE-L/AF-L button would be used to initiate focusing then you use the shutter to take the picture? That must take some getting used to since we use the shutter release to ficus out of habit.

    Does focus tracking improve? I have a D80 also and this has been challenge also when I just get some practice in at a local basketball court.
     
  12. taat2d

    taat2d

    Sep 28, 2007
    NYC
    I know for myself, just using the AF/ON has improved my keeps ALOT!!! Not sure how it will fare with sports, but plan on trying it at my son's soccer practice this week. I'll report back, HOPEFULLY with better results than my last try.
     
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