FlyingColors From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 73 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3933 times:
Beware of the auto focus setting "C" for continuous.
If one reads the manual it sounds like a good setting for us aviator fans. Was intended to "continuously" focus on moving objects towards and away from the camera user. Sounds good when your subject is near overhead, right?
Every shot taken while coming at you and going away is not in focus. But when your subject is right in front of you and one can "pan" only then will be sharp.
Unfortunately for me, while whipping out my camera at the airport I've inadvertently moved the switch to "C". Then at some point it was moved again to "S".
Single servo, "S" is where it needs to be at all times. I have hundreds of ruined shots to prove this. After examining lots of shooting data this flaw was found.
Nikon should have put a damn lock on this, it moves too easily!
Andyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3874 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW PHOTO SCREENER
Sorry to hear of your problem and your wasted shots. Sometimes you have to pay a certain price to learn, but actually, most aviation photographers know that S (Single Focus) is the ONLY way to photograph!
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3673 times:
That is too bad, dont know if it depends on your lens or not, but on my Canon I always use the AI Focus (Continuous Focus) and every one of them is sharp, planes moving away or coming towards me, doesnt matter. As I said, maybe it has to do with the speed of your lens.
Staffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3627 times:
I tried using AI focus for the first time the other day when I was taking photos of cars. It worked better than I had expected. Previously I thought continuous mode was crap after trying it on a minolta. Guess it depends on the camera.