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  1. #11
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    I tried this a few times. I always got confused and pushed it at the wrong time, or I pushed it too many times causing me to screw something up.
    I can see how it would be better for BIF shots, I just can't seem to get the hang of it.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktop View Post
    I tried this a few times. I always got confused and pushed it at the wrong time, or I pushed it too many times causing me to screw something up.
    I can see how it would be better for BIF shots, I just can't seem to get the hang of it.
    There was also the time i stood there pressing the shutter button thinking blood hell this lens wont focus now
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  3. #13
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktop View Post
    I tried this a few times. I always got confused and pushed it at the wrong time, or I pushed it too many times causing me to screw something up.
    I can see how it would be better for BIF shots, I just can't seem to get the hang of it.

    Like I tell everyone who tries it. Go out several times when what you shoot is not that important. Time to play. Shoot, shoot and shoot some more till it becomes second nature. Sort of like driving. Practice till you can do it without thinking about it. Took me several days to get to that point but once I did....
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  4. #14
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    When I switched to BBF on my D7000, it was like getting a new camera. Prior to the switch, my two methods of focusing on a subject that was not in center frame were to:

    1. focus with shutter, lock focus with AE-L/AF-L button, recompose and shoot.
    2. move focus point around with multi selector, focus and shoot

    With BBF - lock focus, recompose and shoot. Plus, the big advantage of being able to lock focus and take your finger off the button with focus locked (as mentioned in previous posts).
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  5. #15
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Where is the focus point in the viewfinder when using BBF? And sorry, but what is BIF?
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  6. #16
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by adot45 View Post
    Where is the focus point in the viewfinder when using BBF? And sorry, but what is BIF?
    The focus point can still be moved around but I tend to keep mine in the middle.

    BIF. Bird In Flight.


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  7. #17
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    OK, thanks Don. I just managed to get mine set up with center point focus and didn't know how changing the area mode to AF-C to setup BBF would affect that. I want to be able to keep the center point focus.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    Like I tell everyone who tries it. Go out several times when what you shoot is not that important. Time to play. Shoot, shoot and shoot some more till it becomes second nature. Sort of like driving. Practice till you can do it without thinking about it. Took me several days to get to that point but once I did....

    I should have taken this advice
    When out yesterday a 10 point buck comes out with in 30' time for two quick snaps and he's off needless to say there blurry forgot I had it on BBF
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  9. #19
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin H View Post
    I should have taken this advice
    When out yesterday a 10 point buck comes out with in 30' time for two quick snaps and he's off needless to say there blurry forgot I had it on BBF
    Thats the reason i stopped using it on the D7100,you can take OOF pictures using it.
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  10. #20
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    It took me a LONG time to get used to bbf. Thought I had it few times, but under excitement I screwed up a few times. I quit a couple of times, but I came back around and now I feel pretty confident I will do the right thing even when rushing for a shot. It is actually reversed for me now, if I pick up a camera not set for bbf, I find myself pushing the back button and wondering why its not focusing.
    Its tough to break old muscle memory habits. I stopped carrying my wallet in my back pocket about 15 years ago. I'll sometimes still place it back there if something distracts me while I'm paying at the store.
    I must have a really good camera.





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