A&P Can't get Nikon N80 to auto focus at night

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  1. RebootEnzo

    RebootEnzo New Member

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    I have had the camera for quite some time but could never get it to focus correctly at night unless I use manual focus.

    Half the time it won't take a picture at night with flash. Just keeps focusing in and out.
     
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    Not enough light, the focus can not work without light.
     
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    Wow I feel fucking stupid..

    So I have to manual focus everything at night?

    I am trying to take in the spur action shots at night as quickly as possible. Any advice? Settings maybe to use..
     
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    I am going to Mardi Gras and I don't want to come back with a ton of blurry pictures.
     
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    Or get a camera with better AF, and hope it works... that = 100s to 1000s of more dollars, with "hopes" of it working better...

    I thought nikons had a low light assist LEd on them, no?
     
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    what lens? i'd try a faster lens first, to see if the extra light helps.

    The N80 is a decent film body. I'd put money on a crappy slow lens causing the issues.
     
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    lol, yeah, my auto focus failed a cpl of times on my XSi when I was taking shots of me and my buddies jumping over the fire.

    Here's one of the good ones though.

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    :rofl:

    It was fun as fuck :o

    Ghana, fuck yeah!
     
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    the faster lenses focus a lot better at night
     
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    The N80 has a focus assist light. If you look at the front of the camera, between the lens and the shutter release, you will see a white lamp, this is your assist light. In a dark room, press the shutter half way. The lamp should light and the auto focus should work its magic. If it doesn't light, then you need to fiddle with the setup options. There's an option in there to enable/disable the lamp and it sounds like yours is disabled.

    You want custom setting 18 and 0 = active and 1 = disabled.
     
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    Should also mention this lamp is only good for short distances (maybe ~10 feet). I forgot what the manual said on it. Works best when the subjects are close.

    If you wish to kick it up a notch, check out some flash units. My SB-600 will AF assist on my D80 and has greater range. On my N80, I used a ProMaster flash (cheap and functional) and I could swear it has an AF assist as well.
     

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