D700 - Rob & Ann's focus-recompose AF settings
As promised here are full details of the AF settings we use on our D700's. I think we got the bulk of this from someone on DWF back in Oct 2008 when we bought our first D700 - so I'm not claiming any special knowledge here, just a bunch of settings that have seemed to work well for us over the past 20 months or so.
This is our setup for focus-recompose shooting. We've mostly been shooting weddings and some portraits, though that will change in the future as we're cutting back on weddings - and I'm very interested to see what other people's setups are for D700 AF.
We mostly use f2.8 lenses. While we have a Sigma f1.4 lens, we don't have enough real life shooting hours with it to say whether these settings also work well with f1.4 lenses (I'm presuming here that f1.4 is always going to test any AF system harder than f2.8 ).
D700 Camera Switches/Dials...
CSM Switch (front of camera) - set to C for continuous
Release Mode Dial (top left) to S for single frame
AF Area Mode Switch (right of rear LCD) to middle setting (Dynamic-area AF)
Metering Selector (outer ring right of viewfinder) to middle setting (Matrix)
D700 Camera Menus...
Active D-Lighting OFF (just mentioning it, not sure it has any bearing)
a1 AF-C priority - FOCUS
a2 AF-S priority - FOCUS
a3 Dynamic AF area - 51 points 3D + tracking
a4 Focus tracking with lock-on - OFF
a5 AF activation - Shutter/AF-ON
a6 AF point illumination - ON
a7 Focus point wrap-around - OFF
a8 AF point selection - AF51
a9 Built-in AF assist illuminator - OFF
a10 AF-ON for MB-D10 - AF-ON
Point the camera at the subject you want in focus, half-press shutter (or hold AF-ON) and then recompose - camera should attempt to track the subject's position.
You can select your starting focus point using the rear multi-selector. And pushing the centre button of this resets to centre point focus.
If you move the CSM switch to S, you can then do single-shot focus and the camera will not track.
I think that's it - but if I've missed something out, let me know and I'll edit this post.