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Old May 19, 2006, 1:18 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell me whats the bestAF areato use for portraits on the D50.I have been using A 50mm F1.8 set to dynamic Area at F-4 and can`t seem to get both eyes in focus.Maybe Its my subject (Tommy) who doesn`t keep still long enough for me :-).

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Old May 19, 2006, 3:06 PM   #2
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what i personally tend to do is either, manually focus it, or if you have a zoom lens zoom in all the way on the eyes and then focus and hold the focus lock button and then zoom back out to where you want to be.
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Old May 19, 2006, 5:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply ,I think I was getting too close to the subject.I just wanted to know what focus area people preferred for portraits, closest subject , single area or dynamic.

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Old Jun 13, 2006, 10:50 PM   #4
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add more light and go to F11 or smaller maybe a F16 and focus will not be such an issue, with that lense you should be getting some awesome sharp pics

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I don't like closest focus because you don't always have the main suibject closest to the camera and I don't like handing this sort of control over to the camera. I do use dynamic area because then the camera should track a moving subject. I find AF-S easiest to use as the shutter will not fire unless the camera is in focus. As stated a smaller aperture such as F11 or F16 will give a greater depth of field and help get both eyes in focus.



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Old Jun 14, 2006, 8:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies , it was mainly a landscape focus problem, I`m getting mixed results with closest subject and dynamic focussing areas,stopping down certainly helps.It differs from lens to lens,just have to find the sweet spot for my new sigma 10-20 , cool and the gang so far !!



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If these are posed portraits, I would recommend manually focusing the camera. If they are more candid and the subject is moving, then dynamic works best for me. With a moving subject, would consider stopping down a bit to allow a larger in focus area.
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