Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding AF modes that aren't recommended, part of Nikon D800 and D810: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques.
- Alright, well there's a couple of Nikon auto focus…modes that I don't really use or recommend.…One of them is 3D-dynamic auto focus,…it's a great idea, problem is I just…can't depend on it all the time,…which is why I don't recommend it.…Don't get me wrong, dynamic 3D…is an ultra-sophisticated system,…it uses the camera's scene recognition system,…it actually knows where your subject is,…locks into it and tracks it, so in theory it's good.…It works similarly to other dynamic modes…where you first need to acquire focus…with the priority sensor but unlike the other…priority modes that I described in the last movie,…this one, the camera takes over and you…lose control over where it's going to go.…
So it doesn't work in sort of more complex scenes,…I've heard that bird photographers, and I'm not really…a bird photographer, they've had great luck with it…tracking birds in kind of a cloudless sky and it works…really well, it's just when the birds fly lower into more…complicated backgrounds when it starts to fail.…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Steve Simon demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making the D800 and D810 far more responsive.
- Configuring back button autofocus
- Working in single-point autofocus
- Using dynamic-area and group-area autofocus
- Exploring advanced autofocus in the D800 and D810
- Working in live view
- Reviewing best practices for Nikon shooting