Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Nikon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Nikon Cameras 
Thread started 05 Feb 2010 (Friday) 20:14
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Got a Nikon? Share your thoughts and photos here or ask a question!

 
In2Photos
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
19,808 posts
Likes: 6
Joined Dec 2005
Location: Near Charlotte, NC.
     
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.


Mike, The Keeper of the Archive

Current Gear and Feedback| My Pbase Galleryexternal link | mdsportsphoto.comexternal linkhttps://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=835433

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Permagrin
High Priestess of all I survey
Avatar
77,914 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Aug 2006
Location: day dreamin'
     
Feb 05, 2010 20:58 |  #2

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


.. It's Permie's world, we just live in it! ~CDS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mr. ­ Clean
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,002 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
     
Feb 05, 2010 21:40 |  #3

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


Mike
some shots @ Zenfolio (external link)
Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mr. ­ Clean
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,002 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
     
Feb 06, 2010 08:22 |  #4

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

FM Canon to Nikon FAQ
http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/70437​3 (external 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.htm (external link)
Nikon APSC http://www.photozone.d​e …--nikkor-aps-c-lens-tests (external link)
Nikon full frame http://www.photozone.d​e/nikon_ff (external link)

Wireless speedlight info - quick n dirty
http://www.nikonusa.co​m …o_WirelessSpeed​lights.pdf (external link)

Nikons version of CPS:
http://www.nikonpro.co​m/AboutNPS.aspx (external link)


Mike
some shots @ Zenfolio (external link)
Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mr. ­ Clean
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,002 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
     
Feb 06, 2010 08:35 |  #5

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


Mike
some shots @ Zenfolio (external link)
Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Permagrin
High Priestess of all I survey
Avatar
77,914 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Aug 2006
Location: day dreamin'
     
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:


.. It's Permie's world, we just live in it! ~CDS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Permagrin
High Priestess of all I survey
Avatar
77,914 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Aug 2006
Location: day dreamin'
     
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.


.. It's Permie's world, we just live in it! ~CDS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Thalagyrt
D'OH. I need to wake up some more.
Avatar
4,816 posts
Joined Jan 2009
Location: Miami, FL
     
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


James

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Bob_A
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
8,438 posts
Gallery: 48 photos
Likes: 44
Joined Jan 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
     
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/D3ProTechnica​lGuide.pdf (external link)


Bob
SmugMug (external link) | My Gear Ratings | My POTN Gallery

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
monk3y
Totally Saturated
Avatar
46,198 posts
Gallery: 4 photos
Likes: 51
Joined Aug 2009
Location: Cloud and Honey
     
Feb 06, 2010 23:01 |  #10

Permagrin wrote in post #9554310 (external 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


www.monk3y.com (external link) | My GEAR

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Mr. ­ Clean
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
6,002 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Jul 2005
Location: Olympia, Washington
     
Feb 07, 2010 07:23 |  #11

What do all the danged lens codes mean?

http://www.bythom.com/​lensacronyms.htm (external link)


Mike
some shots @ Zenfolio (external link)
Gear List

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Permagrin
High Priestess of all I survey
Avatar
77,914 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Aug 2006
Location: day dreamin'
     
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.


.. It's Permie's world, we just live in it! ~CDS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
radiohead
Goldmember
Avatar
1,372 posts
Joined Jun 2006
Location: Hampshire, UK
     
Feb 07, 2010 11:58 |  #13
bannedPermanent ban

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.


Guy Collier Photography - Documentary Wedding Photographer (external link)
"All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice." - Elliott Erwitt
"It's no good saying "hold it" to a moment in real life." - Lord Snowdon
My kit

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Thalagyrt
D'OH. I need to wake up some more.
Avatar
4,816 posts
Joined Jan 2009
Location: Miami, FL
     
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


James

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Permagrin
High Priestess of all I survey
Avatar
77,914 posts
Likes: 17
Joined Aug 2006
Location: day dreamin'
     
Feb 07, 2010 12:26 |  #15

radiohead wrote in post #9560053 (external 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.


.. It's Permie's world, we just live in it! ~CDS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

585,431 views & 0 likes for this thread
Got a Nikon? Share your thoughts and photos here or ask a question!
FORUMS Nikon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Nikon Cameras 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Bunglas
763 guests, 291 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6430, that happened on Dec 03, 2017

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.