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Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:41 am

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!

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:47 am

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!

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:47 am

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

Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:57 am

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.

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:19 am

Just wanted to help and warn others.

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

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:22 am

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
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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:39 pm

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.

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:06 pm

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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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:49 pm

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.

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:19 pm

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

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:27 pm

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

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:55 pm

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.

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 4:32 pm

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

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:01 pm

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
 
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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 9:37 pm

No, problems here with my D100, If I use the AF I always use the "C" continuous mode.
 
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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:57 pm

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 .....

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RE: Nikon D100 Warning!

Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:10 am

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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