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  1. #1
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    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

    To add to what Don said. I do the BBF but assign a different button - the front lower button. I do this because using a back button always put my thumb in contact with my glasses.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Been using BBF for about 4 years after being turned on to it by a fellow photog. Makes life a lot easier.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Just set my D7100 to BBF going to try it out when I get a chance to get out again dam work getting in the way
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  5. #5
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin H View Post
    Just set my D7100 to BBF going to try it out when I get a chance to get out again dam work getting in the way


    Work = A very nasty 4 letter word. Glad I removed it from my vocabulary
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    I started to use BBF on 04-20-2015 http://nikonites.com/photography-q-a...#axzz3rsoWCQhk and still I use this great feature. I love it so much.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    I tried it and liked it but came off it,I like to use focus priority as a shutter setting and on the D7100 it over rides this setting and gives release priority only.
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  8. #8
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    I tried it and liked it but came off it,I like to use focus priority as a shutter setting and on the D7100 it over rides this setting and gives release priority only.
    I was just reading up on that problem and I did read that they were supposed to have fixed that problem in the D7200. I know that it does not work in the D7000 or D7100 though. Don't have a D7200 to check it in though.

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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    I was just reading up on that problem and I did read that they were supposed to have fixed that problem in the D7200. I know that it does not work in the D7000 or D7100 though. Don't have a D7200 to check it in though.
    Thanks Don will look into that as i did like using BBF,especially in a cluttered situation like a small bird in a hedge,once you have locked focus you can forget it knowing it wouldn't pick up on something else.
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    Re: Back Button Focus

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    Thanks Don will look into that as i did like using BBF,especially in a cluttered situation like a small bird in a hedge,once you have locked focus you can forget it knowing it wouldn't pick up on something else.

    Now that would work anyway. Once you focus and release the button the focus will not change. I do that all the time. I will se the focus where I think something will be and then put the camera back down to my side and wait. Then when the time comes I just raise the camera and shoot. No need to refocus since it was locked in earlier. no real need to focus release since you locked it in place already. With continuous like for BIF you don't want it set anyway or it might never get a shot.
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