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  1. #1
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    Back Button Focus

    Been reading a lot about the back button focus (BBF) function and want to learn more.

    Can the D5300 be set up for BBF and if so, how? Also, for those who have used this function, what are the pluses and minuses and when do you use it?

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    Jayw


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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by jayw View Post
    Been reading a lot about the back button focus (BBF) function and want to learn more.

    Can the D5300 be set up for BBF and if so, how? Also, for those who have used this function, what are the pluses and minuses and when do you use it?

    Thanks
    Jayw
    See this video on Back Button Focus.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    for BIF its a must, it will take you a little time to adjust to it, but stick at it.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    The plus is that you have Continuous Auto Focus as long as you hold the back button, and without resetting anything on the camera you can get the focus you want, release the back button and recompose your shot as if the camera is set to AutoFocus Single. In other words, pushing the shutter button will not cause the camera to re-focus. You get used to it really fast.

    The minus is that if you hand your camera to someone else to take a picture, they won't understand BBF.

    I asked world-renowned wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis if he used BBF, and he said no, because it makes his hands cramp up during a long shoot.

  5. #5
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    The cramping is a consideration. I'll have to see if that happens to me way before my event shoot in November.

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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Back Button Focus is a great tool for so many photographers and is something I think everyone should try at least once. Below are a few sites that talk about the how and why of Back Button Focus.

    Benefits of Using the AF-ON Button for Autofocus by Nikon USA


    BACK BUTTON FOCUSING – EASIER THAN YOU THINK! by Improve Photography


    Here is a good YouTube video that goes over the why and how of Back Button Focusing.

    You can do a search of the forum on "Back Button Focus" or BBF and see the many threads that have been created on this subject.

    Try it, You will like it.






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    Re: Back Button Focus

    I'll try it and see if I like it!!

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    Re: Back Button Focus

    My D5300 has been set up with BBF for most of it's life in my hands. It is the only way for me. After the short learning curve it is now second nature. The only problem I have with it is that there are times I forget to release it when I recompose a shot and I have to go back and go through the steps again. Ha!
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by jayw View Post
    Been reading a lot about the back button focus (BBF) function and want to learn more.

    Can the D5300 be set up for BBF and if so, how? Also, for those who have used this function, what are the pluses and minuses and when do you use it?

    Thanks
    Jayw
    Tried it - hated it. I was like trying to play one of those old video games where you have to push up up down down back forward back forward to get the dang camera to focus. So after a few days reset my camera to normal and moved on.

    Some folks rave about it I guess - but for me it just was way more trouble than it was worth.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Back to my Nikon days, I was pleased with BBF. Was so easy ti handle.

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