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| p.1 #1 · D800 low hit rate with AF-C single point (focus priority, AF-ON only) |
I'm just wondering... is it me or is it generally impossible to get a good hit rate with the D800 when using the above focus settings for portraits when focusing on the eyes for portraits. My hit rate is very poor when using primes, not just at f1.4 necessarily but stopped down a bit to f2 or f2.8. This is not a lens problem with front focus or backfocus (yes, I've tested this), nor is this a left AF problem... It's specifically a problem with Af-C.
I get a ton of shots where the focus point is on one eye (and I am very mindful), yet the resulting focus is on the other eye or the shot is OOF...I'm using focus priority. Again, I recognize that shallow DOF always makes things challenging and that AF in the viewfinder is in reality smaller than the focus area, but this isn't even a subject that's moving... and again I make sure that I get sufficiently close that the AF covers the eye area. I'm not using 9, 21 or 51 points, but specifically the single-point focus mode. When I'm reviewing the shots in View NX, the red square is on the correct eye, but the focus is off.