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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Best Way to Use AF-ON on Nikon D90 - Part I

On a greater camera like the D700 and above (D300 included), you get a dedicated AF-ON button at the back of the camera body. That helps me confirm today that the Nikon D90 can also configure the AE-L/AF-L button to perform similar role.

But what's the point exactly of using the AF-ON button when half-depressing the shutter release does the same job?

Here's the best answer I hope would be useful to you... adapted from a D300 user.

"From a wise man on another forum; this is now how I have my D300 set up:
  1. Change your menu such that AF is activated ONLY with the AF-ON button, and
  2. Change to AF-C release priority.
  3. Put your focus mode switch in AF-C and leave it there.
Now, on the fly, you can:
  • Manually focus: just don't touch the AF-ON button
  • Focus and recompose: put the focus point on subject, push AF-ON and release. Recompose and press shutter release.
  • Continuously focus: Track target with focus point while holding down AF-ON. Fire at will."
UPDATED - Will perform some experiment to achieve identical effect on the Nikon D90 and share.