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p.1 #1 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


Can you do that?

I don't ever use the AF-ON button, however on my D3s it's assigned to AE/AF-L. Yes I know the real AE/AF-L is just next to it but still...

Funny thing is that you can assign the AF Activation (a4 in menu) To be Shutter OR AF-ON only, but not Shutter only...?
And F13 (assign MB-D12 AF-ON) battery pack's AF-on can be assigned to AF/AE Lock...

(o.O) ?



Aug 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM
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p.1 #2 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


Why don't you just use AF-ON? I assigned AE/AF-L to top item of "My Menu", which is LCD virtual horizon, then a push on joystick can bring up the full "my menu",where I have long exposure NR on/off, sensor cleaning, etc, etc. (I only use manual for my landscapes, so no use of AE/AF-L).

Of course, my AF Activation is AF-ON only, have been using this since my first slr.




Aug 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM
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p.1 #3 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


AF-ON is pretty much useless when you have a4 assigned to shutter, since depressing the shutter button will establish focus. So, selecting shutter is by its function "shutter only."

IMO, using AF-ON gives better control of focus. As to the MB-D12, allowing assignment of the AF-ON is most likely to facilitate ease of use. Using other camera buttons can be awkward shooting verticals.



Aug 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #4 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


Thanks for replys but I think you missunderstood. What I meant was,

I do not use AF-ON for focus and I never will. I want the AF-ON button to be AE/AF-L.



Aug 16, 2012 at 08:25 AM
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p.1 #5 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


deklol wrote:
Thanks for replys but I think you missunderstood. What I meant was,

I do not use AF-ON for focus and I never will. I want the AF-ON button to be AE/AF-L.



Same here, and I totally understand. I have my D4 set to do this and would love to be able to set the D800 the same way (and yes, like you, I know the ae-l/af-l button is just next door but for me it's a muscle memory thing, I'd prefer to be able to slide my thumb to the next button to the left of the control dial, and since the D4 only has one button to the left of the control dial and the D800 limits what you can assign to the af-on button, that small element frustrates me when shooting both bodies).

BTW, this is useful for the Brenezier (sp?) method.



Mar 30, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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p.1 #6 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


deklol wrote:
I don't ever use the AF-ON button, however on my D3s it's assigned to AE/AF-L.

My suggestion is to spent some time and get familiar with AF-ON only focusing technique. It is a great thing and can significantly improve AF success rate when mastered properly.

Once you get used to that, there is no way back to shutter-based AF. It is so much better.



Mar 30, 2013 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #7 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


ffstory wrote:
My suggestion is to spent some time and get familiar with AF-ON only focusing technique. It is a great thing and can significantly improve AF success rate when mastered properly.

Once you get used to that, there is no way back to shutter-based AF. It is so much better.

Out of curiosity, why does AF-ON improve focus accuracy, and is there some trick to getting it "mastered"?



Apr 04, 2013 at 04:51 AM
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p.1 #8 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


deklol wrote:
Can you do that?

I don't ever use the AF-ON button, however on my D3s it's assigned to AE/AF-L. Yes I know the real AE/AF-L is just next to it but still...

Funny thing is that you can assign the AF Activation (a4 in menu) To be Shutter OR AF-ON only, but not Shutter only...?
And F13 (assign MB-D12 AF-ON) battery pack's AF-on can be assigned to AF/AE Lock...

(o.O) ?



Unfortunately, only the AF-ON button the MB-D12 battery grip can be assigned a different function.



Apr 04, 2013 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #9 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


I persisted with the AF-ON button focus for about a year on my D3 and didn't see any advantage so went back to using the shutter button only. Now using a D800E and haven't got any complaints about the focus accuracy using the shutter button only either.


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p.1 #10 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


On some Nikon bodies, it seems that vibration reduction isn't activated with the AF-ON button. Some people preferred this for a variety of reasons, like saving the battery and reducing wear & tear on the VR mechanism. Those advantages (?) don't exist on a D4, however, as VR is always activated by the AF-On button.

Like Zesto, I haven't noticed any improvement in focus accuracy with AF-ON. What are we missing?



Apr 05, 2013 at 04:57 AM
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p.1 #11 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


You miss the possibility to activate the shutter (aka take a shot) without even focusing. Not having to switch to AF-S and back to AF-C. To have a focus trap by doing so.

It's 'just' a habit.

Tracking with constant focusing, without having to fiddle around with the shutter is one more that comes to my mind...

I'm sure there's more even.



Apr 05, 2013 at 05:14 AM
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p.1 #12 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


I still find it easier to just use the shuutter button. I don't have to press anything else.


Apr 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #13 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


zesto wrote:
I still find it easier to just use the shuutter button. I don't have to press anything else.


There is a reason that all the pro cameras have an AF-On button. Choose to learn something new or don't....

http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2010/11/05/nikon-af-on-technique/

http://blog.arcanedomain.com/2010/10/dslr-hint-whats-that-af-on-button-for-anyway/

Scott



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM
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p.1 #14 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


The main advantage of the back button focus is being able to switch between tracking moving objects and shooting stationary subjects instantly without changing the AF mode to AF-S. I've been using it for about 15 years and would not want to be without it. Unfortunately that does not help to resolve the original issue.

EBH



Apr 07, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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p.1 #15 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


afm901 wrote:
There is a reason that all the pro cameras have an AF-On button. Choose to learn something new or don't....

http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2010/11/05/nikon-af-on-technique/

http://blog.arcanedomain.com/2010/10/dslr-hint-whats-that-af-on-button-for-anyway/

Scott



Scott, I know how it works and I know several other pros who don't use it too. I persisted with it for quite a while and it offered no advantage to me. Therefore I don't use it; it's as simple as that.




Apr 07, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #16 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


its a preference. thats all. I personally use it, i couldnt imagine shooting sports without it, but to each his own, people often forget cameras are tools, and you can use them in any way you want, and choose. No right or wrong.


Apr 09, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #17 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


turbodude wrote:
its a preference. thats all. I personally use it, i couldnt imagine shooting sports without it, but to each his own, people often forget cameras are tools, and you can use them in any way you want, and choose. No right or wrong.



+1000

What people do with the AF-ON button I can do just as easily with focus activated on the shutter button and having an AF-Lock button to use with my thumb. I understand the OP's question perfectly as this is how I use my camera.

I shoot a lot of sport and rarely have focus issues, so the idea that AF-ON is superior is bogus. Different and preferable to some people, absolutely.




Apr 09, 2013 at 04:08 PM
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p.1 #18 · [D800] Assign AF-ON -> AE/AF-L ?


Andre Labonte wrote:
What people do with the AF-ON button I can do just as easily with focus activated on the shutter button and having an AF-Lock button to use with my thumb. I understand the OP's question perfectly as this is how I use my camera.

I shoot a lot of sport and rarely have focus issues, so the idea that AF-ON is superior is bogus. Different and preferable to some people, absolutely.



Youíre still using two buttons to effectively divorce autofocus from the shutter trip, so itís not all that different.



Apr 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM





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