Old 04-06-2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I just recently purchased a Canon 7D and am wondering if anyone here can share with me what AF point selection you use. At the moment I am using manual AF point expansion and seem to be getting good result on non railroad related subjects. Any other setting info that might be pertinent to railroad photography would also be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-06-2011, 12:55 AM   #2
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I think most here would say they only use the center point. That's what i do.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:04 AM   #3
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I think most here would say they only use the center point. That's what i do.
Interesting.... I virtually never use the center point! I am typically using one of the points in the lower third, most often left or right. I try to compose with the viewfinder, so that I don't have to crop too much....but that's me.

Mark, I'm a Nikon shooter, but the question that you ask is pretty generic. As for what selection mode I use, right now I use pure manual. I select the focus point with the thumb selector switch as I set up for the shot. The Nikons (I have a D7000 and a D90) do have some auto selection modes, which I have so far been reluctant to use on any important shots. I'm just too afraid it will zero in on something other than my point of interest. The new D7000's auto selector modes do appear to be pretty accurate, however, so as I get used to the newer camera, I may change my tune. For now at least, put me down for good, old-fashioned manual selection.
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I think most here would say they only use the center point. That's what i do.
Same here. Seems to make the most sense.
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Interesting.... I virtually never use the center point! I am typically using one of the points in the lower third, most often left or right. I try to compose with the viewfinder, so that I don't have to crop too much....but that's me.

Mark, I'm a Nikon shooter, but the question that you ask is pretty generic. As for what selection mode I use, right now I use pure manual. I select the focus point with the thumb selector switch as I set up for the shot. The Nikons (I have a D7000 and a D90) do have some auto selection modes, which I have so far been reluctant to use on any important shots. I'm just too afraid it will zero in on something other than my point of interest. The new D7000's auto selector modes do appear to be pretty accurate, however, so as I get used to the newer camera, I may change my tune. For now at least, put me down for good, old-fashioned manual selection.
Not trying to hijack this thread, but how do you like the new D7000?
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:00 PM   #6
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Not trying to hijack this thread, but how do you like the new D7000?
Initial reaction after doing limited shooting is very positive. The images look sweet. Installed another TB HD in my computer...gonna need it with this camera, especially if I use the 14-bit option. Had to buy another fist-full of memory cards too.

Got a trip coming this weekend. May have some pics and comments next week.

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