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Feb 05, 2010 20:14 |  #1

Based on some recent events and discussion this thread is being started for Nikon users to share their thoughts on Nikon gear as well as photos.

This is NOT a place to start a flame war!!!

If you see any evidence of such please use the report post button. Remeber forum rules regarding posting and images. Do not use this thread as a personal gallery.


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Feb 05, 2010 20:58 |  #2

Thank you Mike. I hope this will be very useful!


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Feb 05, 2010 21:40 |  #3

Thanks Mike, much appreciated. Let's see how this works eh?


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Feb 06, 2010 08:22 |  #4

some resource links...(stealing your thread Permie)
d700 AF setup
http://prakashphotogra​phy.blogspot.com ...0-autofocus-settings.htmlexternal link

FM Canon to Nikon FAQ
http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/70437​3external link

Ken Rockwells site
www justkidding com

Interesting note about VR:
You can separate out the AF function onto the AFON button just like the * button. However, the VR function will only activate on shutter half-press.

Gear reviews:
http://www.bythom.com/​nikon.htmexternal link
Nikon APSC http://www.photozone.d​e ...--nikkor-aps-c-lens-testsexternal link
Nikon full frame http://www.photozone.d​e/nikon_ffexternal link

Wireless speedlight info - quick n dirty
http://www.nikonusa.co​m ...o_WirelessSpeedligh​ts.pdfexternal link

Nikons version of CPS:
http://www.nikonpro.co​m/AboutNPS.aspxexternal link


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Feb 06, 2010 08:35 |  #5

I think this thread has good discussion points in it, heated at times, but still good.
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=819291


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Feb 06, 2010 11:43 as a reply to Mr. Clean's post |  #6

good idea to post those here...and great idea to leave KR out :lol::lol:


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Feb 06, 2010 12:48 as a reply to Permagrin's post |  #7

Another thing I was thinking...and I posted this in a note to a friend but it might be helpful here:

Nikon's AF is extremely adaptable, via the menu settings, to however you need it to be. BUT, it has this weird option called release.

Actually there are 3 options in this menu:

Focus (can't shoot until your subject is in focus)
Focus + release (that allows you to take shots even when the camera is not in focus)
and release (you can shoot away but most often nothing is in focus)

I have everything set to focus in my AF menu banks. But their factory setting is RELEASE. So you can imagine how upset I was at getting all those oof shots when I first got my cameras. Once I found that prackashphotography blog that explained that AF setting, everything was good. Nikon's AF can be so elaborately set to your particular needs that you can practice, change a setting, practice, change another setting til it's exactly what you want. It just takes some time and understanding of the AF system. I would really recommend reading that blog that Mr. Clean linked to...it explains it better than the manual. My settings are pretty much what he suggests in the blog. Works really well too for me.


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Feb 06, 2010 22:14 as a reply to Permagrin's post |  #8

One thing to consider about focus priority mode is that it absolutely kills the FPS (drops to about 5 FPS on my D3) in AF-C mode... It's not a huge deal to me, I'd prefer having photos in focus. I think a happy medium is release+focus where the first press will release even OOF to capture the moment and then it'll wait for focus to continue. Right now I stick to release in AF-C and focus in AF-S but will play around some more. It tracks really well even in release mode, out of say 15 pictures maybe one will be slightly OOF. I don't see a need to wait for full focus confirmation necessarily. Nonetheless I keep it in my custom menu. :p


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Feb 06, 2010 22:55 |  #9

The following is a pretty good Nikon guide for setting up AF options. It was written for the D3 but pretty much everything alos applies to the D700:

http://nikonusa.com ...r/D3ProTechnicalGui​de.pdfexternal link


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Feb 06, 2010 23:01 |  #10

Permagrin wrote in post #9554310external link
Another thing I was thinking...and I posted this in a note to a friend but it might be helpful here:

Nikon's AF is extremely adaptable, via the menu settings, to however you need it to be. BUT, it has this weird option called release.

Actually there are 3 options in this menu:

Focus (can't shoot until your subject is in focus)
Focus + release (that allows you to take shots even when the camera is not in focus)
and release (you can shoot away but most often nothing is in focus)

I have everything set to focus in my AF menu banks. But their factory setting is RELEASE. So you can imagine how upset I was at getting all those oof shots when I first got my cameras. Once I found that prackashphotography blog that explained that AF setting, everything was good. Nikon's AF can be so elaborately set to your particular needs that you can practice, change a setting, practice, change another setting til it's exactly what you want. It just takes some time and understanding of the AF system. I would really recommend reading that blog that Mr. Clean linked to...it explains it better than the manual. My settings are pretty much what he suggests in the blog. Works really well too for me.

found this to be the case when i bought a d90 for my brother last week... i saved him a few hours of tweaking by changing the AF setting to FOCUS .. haha but i was impressed by the AF speed compared to my 500D


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Feb 07, 2010 07:23 |  #11

What do all the danged lens codes mean?

http://www.bythom.com/​lensacronyms.htmexternal link


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Feb 07, 2010 11:45 as a reply to Mr. Clean's post |  #12

Bob & Mike, nice links. I hadn't seen either one of those.

James, I tried the focus and release. I just don't like any oof shots if I can help it. The most action I shoot is running dogs or horses. I seem to do really well with the focus only setting. The only time it slows me down is in really low light, but only until I get AF lock. But once I'm locked, I'm on until I stop.


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I use AF-C exclusively and don't see FPS slow-down until I'm light limited and it's shutter speed related.

I use focus priority.


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Feb 07, 2010 12:25 as a reply to radiohead's post |  #14

Weird, I only get about 6 FPS on the D3 when using AF-C with focus priority. On release priority I get full speed. I wonder if there might be something else I've overlooked?

Edit: Nevermind, just tried it in bright sunlight and got 9 FPS. Guess it's a how-much-light-do-you-have thing. :p


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Feb 07, 2010 12:26 |  #15

radiohead wrote in post #9560053external link
I use AF-C exclusively and don't see FPS slow-down until I'm light limited and it's shutter speed related.

I use focus priority.

that's the same with me.

James, I'm not sure what the issue is. I'm using the D700/grip. Not sure what Guy is shooting with.


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