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Nikon D200 Optimum fast focus settings

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 14:58   #1
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Nikon D200 Optimum fast focus settings

Hi Just wondering what the optimum settings in the custom focusing settings menu on a D200 that would give the fastest focusing for tracking birds in flight?.

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Old Tuesday 5th December 2006, 08:28   #2
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Dougie, if you've not already subscribe to www.nikonians.org and read this article http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/d200_multi-cam_af/ it helped me a great deal
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I'm not familiar with the D200 but the greatest aid to focussing I ever found was to map focussing to the AE/AF lock button... CSM menu AE-L/AF-L = AF.
Then set CSM menu Autofocus = AFC.
What happens is that you use your thumb to focus with the AE/AF button and just meter with the shutter button - no half pressing nonsense - I shoot from the back of a bike and half pressing doesn't work.
With the thumb it's much easier to track things and if you find a bird sat on a tree you thumb press once, release, any further shots will already be in focus as the shutter button doesn't engage focus.
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