Nikon D200 AF Area Modes

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  1. NickCat11

    NickCat11 TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I was wondering if someone could explain a little better than the manual does which AF Area Mode controls in the back of the camera are best for each kind of situation (sports, weddings, etc..). Thanks a ton.

    Nick
     
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    You're going to have to figure that out for yourself and your shooting style. I use a combination of all of those settings depending on what I want to do. If you have used any other Nikons in the past, they are the same controls you have switched in the menu settings.

    Personally, for sports, I use the auto focus buttons and the general area (I don't know what they call it in the manual but it's the one where there are 4 focal areas) because I don't have the time sometimes to set up on those shots. For weddings, portraits and pretty much everything else, I don't think you need an auto focus because your shutter release will focus when it's halfway pressed (just like normal) and I just use the single focal point area.

    Have fun with it. It is a great camera.
     
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    I have never taken my camera out of Dynamic AF Mode except when shooting sports where I let the camera pick its own AF point or used Group Dynamic mode.

    I have no idea what they are each designed for but I do have a rough idea of how the camera works in each mode. It's pretty easy to figure out yourself.
     
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    The manual explains it very well too. If thats not clear enough, the Fields Guide to Digital Photography for the D200 spends several pages on it... a worthy investment for any D200 bengiiner user!
     

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