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  1. #1
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    Back-Button Focus

    Few days back I read on this forum about Back-Button Focus. I started to watch tons of VDO's and today I did it. I set my great D7000 to AF-ON. I did lot sof shots, and it is just better in my hand now and it is so easy to recompose the cam.

    Thanks to that guy who posted about it. (Sorry that I've forgotten who).

    It seems that my D7000 motivates me to do some different things.


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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Ime getting on ok with it also,its just not second nature yet but it will be,the biggest advantage i have found is having AFS and AFC all the time.
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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    I used it but switched back. 75% of the shots I do are in the portrait orientation. On the D3s the af button on the hand grip is very hard to find. I can never seem to find it unless I pull my head away and look for it. I know where it is but just can't feel for it

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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    In the evening I tried capturing my daughter riding her bike. Tomorrow morning I will them download on the com and take a look how it worked out.

    I feel so comfortable about this style of focusing


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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    I use BBF for static subjects. Allows me to nail the focus, then not have to worry about it getting changed.

    For moving subjects, I go back to the default / shutter release for focus.
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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Ime getting on ok with it also,its just not second nature yet but it will be,the biggest advantage i have found is having AFS and AFC all the time.
    I'm not 100% sure but i thought i read somewhere that you can assign AF-ON to the dof preview button on D7100. Seems like it could be a comfortable position for it.
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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by 480sparky View Post
    I use BBF for static subjects. Allows me to nail the focus, then not have to worry about it getting changed.

    For moving subjects, I go back to the default / shutter release for focus.
    Interesting, I thought most people use BBF for moving subjects in AF-C mode. But if it works then why change.

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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by wornish View Post
    Interesting, I thought most people use BBF for moving subjects in AF-C mode. But if it works then why change.
    That's what is great about BBF. You leave it in AF-C mode so continuous auto-focus is available when you want it, but you can just take your thumb off the button and recompose, just like AF-S, without accidentally changing the focus everytime you touch the shutter button.

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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Blade Canyon View Post
    That's what is great about BBF. You leave it in AF-C mode so continuous auto-focus is available when you want it, but you can just take your thumb off the button and recompose, just like AF-S, without accidentally changing the focus everytime you touch the shutter button.
    My approach as well...

    It's AF-C, but the critical difference is... It's AF-C "on demand" and, more importantly to me, BBF separates focusing from dropping the shutter. I use BBF for everything, personally and while I'm primarily a stills sorta guy if I start shooting dodgy subjects, I simply roll a command wheel to increase the number of focus points (from my default of 9) to 21 or 51 depending on the subject matter.

    Still, this IS a matter of finding what you're comfortable with and what works for you.
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    Re: Back-Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Ime getting on ok with it also,its just not second nature yet but it will be,the biggest advantage i have found is having AFS and AFC all the time.
    It does that a couple of weeks of heavy shooting till it becomes second nature. I pick up my wife's D7000 and it is not set for BBF and it drives me crazy.
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