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Archive 2013 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?
  
 
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p.1 #1 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I never really tried AF-ON before. At least, I never gave it a fair shot - I tried it off and on with my D300, but I wasn't used to it, so when I would miss a shot or find some quirk, I would just revert back to shutter release focus.

A few weeks ago, I was shooting a bird in a tree and kept losing focus to the surrounding branches when I'd half press to engage VR/metering, so I decided to make a concerted effort to give the AF-ON method a chance.

I'd say it's been nothing short of a revelation. I guess I had never considered how many times I was forcing the camera to refocus despite not actually needing it, and how many times that has caused a misfocused image. Additionally, I would often not attempt to shoot BIF because I couldn't leave the autofocus set to continuous during static shooting, and changing over was often not easy during a quick transition.

So I'm now a fan. I know there are some other advocates of AF-ON around here, have any of you tried it and disliked it? Why?



Apr 29, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #2 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I find it difficult to shoot without the focus decoupled from the shutter release now. I won't buy a camera without an AF-On button now (I also use the AE-L button for AE Lock).

Scott



Apr 29, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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p.1 #3 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I never used it untill i got my d300s, now i won't buy another camera without it!


Apr 29, 2013 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #4 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Every since I was enlightened, I've never looked back


Apr 29, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #5 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I use it as I need/want too. Just another tool.


Apr 29, 2013 at 08:08 PM
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p.1 #6 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I've been using it for years. Not sure I could ever go back to the old way.


Apr 29, 2013 at 08:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


sjms wrote:
I use it as I need/want too. Just another tool.


I will say, despite the silliness of the mode dial on the D600/D7x000 compared to the button layout of the D300/700/800/etc., I do like that I can rapidly switch between U1 and U2 settings in a visible way. It lets me use AF-ON and the typically associated settings (continuous AF, 9-point area, spot metering) and switch out during less purpose-specific times... or when my girlfriend wants to use the camera, since she hates the AF-ON workflow.



Apr 29, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #8 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Since day 1 - on my D200; D300 & D700. I'll never switch back!


Apr 29, 2013 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


couldnt do it any other way unless using MF lenses


Apr 29, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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p.1 #10 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I found reprogramming AE-L on my D600 is as easy as having true AF-ON button. Moving between D300/D700/D600 with no issue whatsoever.



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p.1 #11 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Same here and I don't use the AE-L/AF-L function so reprogramming it on my D7100 was a no-brainer for me.


Apr 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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p.1 #12 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Since Christ was a Corporal


Apr 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #13 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


binary visions wrote:
I will say, despite the silliness of the mode dial on the D600/D7x000 compared to the button layout of the D300/700/800/etc., I do like that I can rapidly switch between U1 and U2 settings in a visible way. It lets me use AF-ON and the typically associated settings (continuous AF, 9-point area, spot metering) and switch out during less purpose-specific times... or when my girlfriend wants to use the camera, since she hates the AF-ON workflow.


I do agree the u1/u2 positions are actually more useful to me then an af on button



Apr 29, 2013 at 10:47 PM
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p.1 #14 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Yes. AFON with AFC and release priority rock!



Apr 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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p.1 #15 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Yes I use the AF ON all the time.


Apr 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #16 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Since the late 1990s.

EBH



Apr 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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p.1 #17 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


I could never get the alleged manual override feature of AF-S lenses to work. The camera always fought back against my attempt to focus. I switched to AF-On only and the camera and I made peace.


Apr 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM
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p.1 #18 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Vox Sciurorum wrote:
I could never get the alleged manual override feature of AF-S lenses to work. The camera always fought back against my attempt to focus. I switched to AF-On only and the camera and I made peace.


What do you mean about not being able to get it to override?

I mean, I manually override fairly frequently... but as soon as you half press the shutter again, the camera takes back over. Isn't that the point? You can grab the focus ring and override the camera at any time but if you ask the camera to start focusing again, it will dutifully start focusing again.



Apr 30, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #19 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


Vox Sciurorum wrote:
I could never get the alleged manual override feature of AF-S lenses to work. The camera always fought back against my attempt to focus. I switched to AF-On only and the camera and I made peace.


Alleged? You mean you were doing it wrong, don't you? The override feature works great!

Scott



Apr 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #20 · Oh, AF-ON... where have you been all my life?


what's even cooler is that you can program the buttons on the supertele's to become AF-On



Apr 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM
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