A&P D80 owners - get in here! (not sure what other cameras this applies too...)

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  1. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    So I got the battery grip for my D80 yesterday, and made some changes to the camera settings... Holy shit!

    Go into your menu, and in the custom settings menu, number 18 - AE-L/AF-L.

    This is the button in between the viewfinder and the rear dial.

    Change that to AF-ON/AF Area.

    This does a bunch of really fucking cool things, but as a warning, it's a complete change of how you shoot, so go practice.

    First, this disables the half press auto focus. The shutter button now ONLY fires the shutter. Ever miss a shot because the camera wouldn't shoot until it got in focus? No more. Sure, your shot might be oof, but it'll fire.

    Secondly, this turns the ae-l button into your focus button. This is awesome for a couple reasons:

    1. It gives you the best of AF-S and AF-C. You want to focus on a single object then compose? Press the button to focus on your object then release, and you can freely fire the shutter without the camera refocusing on the half-press. You want continous focus? Hold the button down to keep focusing on your selected focus area, and press the shutter as desired.

    2. You can change your focus area WHILE continously focusing! If you hold the button, then rotate the front dial, your camera will change the focus area AND immedietly focus on that. So if you're shooting something but decide you want that object in a different part of the frame, you can re-select your focus area and get immediete focus on that area, all without removing your eye from the viewfinder!



    I know this post is way to fucking long, but I LOVE this change. Try it out.

    :bowdown:
     
  2. flavin

    flavin Piss Off Hamburgler. This is my Chicken Sandwich!

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    It does it on the D70 as well.

    Pretty cool. will have to get use to it but will certainly try it out.
     
  3. nastyboy132

    nastyboy132 New Member

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    durrrrr
    lol sorry.
     
  4. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    wat?
     
  5. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    canon has this feature also. I have both my 10D and 20D set up this way.
     
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    ihkskim OT Supporter

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    in reference to #1. wouldn't it be easier to just put ur lens to manual focus
     
  7. 00soul

    00soul halfsharkalligatorhalfman

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    no really, because a button is easier to press than using your hand, plus, if you have full time manual you can switch back and forth.
     
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    bakinbits -This Space for Rent-

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    Innnnnnnnnnteresting. I'll have to check it out when I get home...
     
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    yeah...i don't know anyone that doesn't come to think of it. i figured this sort of setup was older than jesus so it wouldn't be news to anyone.
     
  10. disgusting

    disgusting is this a girl or a guy? b/c i got a hard on OT Supporter

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    :bigthumb: i have a d40 but i have a feeling this applies, as well
     
  11. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I just learned about it a few months ago :o
     
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    ThexToddster New Member

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    I've got the * on my camera to do this. I love it and will never be able to shoot without it again.
     
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    I have the * on my 30d to do this as well as the * on my XT too. Nothing new. :dunno: On Canon, it's CF 4.
     
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    Works w/ every nikon camera pretty much
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Srsly? Arent you a Canon guy? Ive been a * shooter (now an AF-on shooter) since the 20D :ugh:
     
  16. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    what the F is a *? The wheel? Or a button with a * on it?


    I've heard about this setup before, but never really gave it much thought because I always used the half-press with film cameras....


    It's pretty F'ing awesome though!
     
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    On Canon cameras there is a button that literally has a * above it. Its normally the AE-Lock button. Theres a custom function you can enable to allow it to focus and just let the shutter button meter. Newer cameras (40D, MkIII) have a totally seperate AF-on button thats designed just for this sinc eso many people use it that way.
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Nice. That makes sense...

    Yeah, I really like shooting this way. It makes a whole lot more sense...
     
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    bakinbits -This Space for Rent-

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    Uhm, I must have a conflicting setting somewhere. First, my D80 still won't fire while it is not in focus. Second, holding down the button does nothing.

    Halp?

    Edit: My AF setting was on "AF-A". Had to change it to "AF-C". How does this impact AF-S?
     
  20. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I didn't know it did that... might have to get the grip for my D80. But I know the D300 does all that w/ out the grip. :big grin:
     
  21. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    you can set this up without the grip too...

    I only waited to set it up with the grip because the shutter button on the D80 grip blows, and it's MUCH more reliable with this setup...
     
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    works on the d50. never tried this before....I will try it out and see if I like it. i'm so used to the half shutter button press thing :noes:

    -edit- well, it's pretty cool yet I don't see it revolutionizing the way I take pictures, but I'll give it some more time. having to press that button to focus makes certain shots more difficult because my hands and fingers are kinda big
     
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  23. Girth

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    :cool:

    ever since I got the D300 w/ the grip, I really want a grip for my D80
     
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    I prefer the AE lock hold option (instead of AF on/AF area). The shutter button retains all its functionality. If you hit the AE-L/AF-L button, it will grab and hold the exposure settings, regardless of where you point the camera next and even if you release the button. This allows me to recompose (and refocus) the picture, or take a group of pictures using that exposure setting. I use this when in tough lighting situations.

    The button location, for me, feels a little unnatural and I have to put effort into pressing it. So I prefer to assign it something light duty that I don't use too often. My preference would not be on the focusing, since putting the camera into manual focus and refocusing is pretty easy for me.

    On the D80, that button has 11 different options available to it. A good item to crack the manual open on and determine which setting you prefer.
     
  25. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    :o yeah... I've only been shooting digital for about a year though....
     

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