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Nikon D100 Warning!  
User currently offlineFlyingColors From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 73 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3856 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!

Mike  Sad


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User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3797 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Mike,

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!

Andrew



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9623 posts, RR: 68
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3795 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

Sorry to hear that Mike, im going on 8,000 shots with my D100 and havent had this problem.

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3796 times:

I have my camera set on S. I wanted to switch it to C but fellow photographer with Nikon D100 told me that S is just as good, and that way you wont fill up your buffer too fast.

Rafal


User currently offlineFlyingColors From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 73 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3766 times:

Just wanted to help and warn others.

But that's photography. Aggrarvating, challenging yet very rewarding!

Mike  Smile



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User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3722 times:

I had the same problem on my F80. When focusing on a moving a/c the camera started continous focusing, and the a/c flew away. (now that was sad)
It also depend on the lens. But 'S' still delivers.  Smile



How much A is there is Airliners Net ? 0 or nothing ?
User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4339 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

I have nevered used the continuous servo AF mode. About most of my shots were using the "M" mode, manual focus. But at times, I will use the single servo AF mode and it works good.

Kevin


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3637 times:

Had you read the manual you'd have KNOWN the limitations of each shooting mode.

C mode gives priority to the shutter and will take the shot whenever the shutter release is depressed fully, trusting the photographer to know what he's doing.

S mode will block the shutter unless and until the camera is satisfied the shot is in focus (meaning the currently selected AF sensor reports an in-focus shot).

This is as designed and well documented.



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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3596 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.

Wietse



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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

Well that's what you get for buying a Nikon! Big grin

Andy


User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

Andy, which AF mode do you use on your D60?

Cheers



Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3550 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.

Staffan


User currently offlineFlyingColors From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 73 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Just posting this thread to be a help to some that have this type of equipment.

I never claimed to be an engineer or designer of the D100, and still don't. I'm just stating some very real world experience with the type and wish for some other folks not to be disappointed.

So lets review what I did say from the beginning:

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"

My point is there should be a lock on the switch.

So Jwenting, what time does the lesson start?!?!?!
Yes, I'm already at page 63!! Soooo sorry I annoyed you  Insane

Mike












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User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

I use AI FOCUS on my 10D which is a combo of ONE SHOT and AI SERVO and it works great! I found it working better than ONE SHOT.  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineKarlok From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 839 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

No, problems here with my D100, If I use the AF I always use the "C" continuous mode.


User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3309 times:

ciao guys,

i am also using a D100 and my focus mode is allways on "C" ... , I never experienced a autofoucs prob .... , I also use "C" on my F5 .....

robin



ABC
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Ditto for me. I use "C" 90% of the time and have never had that problem. Sounds like it has a focusing problem like the d60 Canon's... that damn thing would not even focus in the showroom....

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