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  1. #1
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    How to enable back button focus and disable focusing with shutter button

    Hi all,

    I assigned the AE-L, AF-L button to activate focusing on my Nikon D5500, but I can still focus using the shutter button.
    I would like to know if it was possible to use the AE-L/AF-L button to set focus only and the shutter button to take photos only.

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    Last edited by mabbas; 06-13-2016 at 08:19 PM.

  2. #2
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    Vincent's Avatar

    Re: Setup back button focus

    Seems like you did something wrong, from the manual: f2: Assign AE-L/AF-L Button set on AF-ON initiates autofocus.The shutter-release button can not be used to focus.

    That is how it works on my D7000.
    D500-D4-D800-D70s-20+28+35DX+50 f1.8G- AF70-300f4-5.6G-AF-S70-200f2.8VRII-TC-1.7+20EIII-300f4PF-AF-S600F4D
    Tokina 10-17Fish+11-16f2.8-Vivitar19-35-Tamron28-75f2.8+90f2.8 Macro-Sigma50f1.4A, 135f1.8A, 17-70,150f2.8,300f4&500f4,5
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  3. #3
    Junior Member

    Re: Setup back button focus

    I have followed exactly the manual's instructions, i chose AF-ON and despite this, i can stil focus using both, AE-L/AF-L button and shutter button

  4. #4
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    JH Foto's Avatar

    Re: Setup back button focus

    Hello and welcome to our forum............
    I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.

  5. #5
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    Re: Setup back button focus

    On the d7200, they snuck in an additional setting for bbf, menu A4 needs to be set to AF-On only. I looked for something similar in your manual, but I came up the same a Vincent: setting the back button to AF-on should stop the shutter button from focusing. Make sure its set properly. Is it really focusing or are you hearing something? Make sure you are not mistaking lens VR sound for autofocus sound.
    Maybe some d5500 owners will chime in.
    I must have a really good camera.

  6. #6
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    paul04's Avatar

    Re: Setup back button focus

    Just had a look at the online manual for bbf,

    Setup back button focus-6l6tz.png

  7. #7
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    paul04's Avatar

    Re: Setup back button focus

    Also just found this video(fast forward to the 49th minute for help on bbf.
    Nikon D5500 Tutorial Help Video For Tips How To Use Camera And All Functions Explained | Fun Tech Talk
    Thanks/Like Vincent Thanks/liked this post

  8. #8
    Junior Member

    Re: Setup back button focus

    I have my D5500 set up for back button focus and it disabled the shutter button from focusing.

  9. #9
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    Re: Setup back button focus

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.
    Brent: Poway, CA
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