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Telecorder Jan 16, 2006 1:22 AM

Sometimes one surprises oneself when they actually try to remember the suggestions other forum members have offered and finds that ... hey it works!

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mnosbor Jan 17, 2006 4:15 PM

What exactly is spot H prefocus. Sounds like it could be good to know.

Thanks

Telecorder Jan 17, 2006 4:33 PM

mnosbor
Actually, two separate issues...

Spot-H is High Speed/Fast focus at a spot -- see page 76 -- you have 4 choices of metered focusing areas that the camera will attempt to find something to focus on ranging from 9-area (great for group fotos) to 1-area-focusing.

In the manual, pages 32-33, auto focus lock allows one to focus on a specific target and 'lock' the focus at this distance. Using the focus lock allows one to focus on a specific target and then recompose the photo allowing the focus to be geared to the targeted focus area.

In my case, the vertical twigs in the foreground were what the camera attempted to focus on as it is the sharpest vertical contrast it sees. I put the Spot-H (Fast spot focus metered area) just on where the bird's feet were and half-depressed the shutter to lock the camera's focus on that distance. Then I composed the photo to center the bird and pushed the shutter the rest of the way to take the photo. (If you release the shutter, the locked focus is lost)

Another way is to go into MODE and change the AF to the FOCUS button lock. Then, evey shot taken is based on the focus setting that it was last locked on without having to hold the shutter half-depressed.



These techniques assist when one is wanting to focus on a specific target that may have features around it that confuses the camera on the intended subject to be focused on. (As in a distant person with a lot of vertical contrasting images in front /in back of the intended subject - the camera focuses on the highest contrasts.

When you're in 9-area, you'll sometimes see two or more squares pop up indicating those are the areas it will be focused at. If there not, you need to try one of the other AF metering alternatives...



Make sense?


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