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Soccer Shots: Autofocus - Additional Settings

Adjust the following autofocus-related Custom Settings to your personal preferences.

a5: Focus Point Illumination

Choose from the following focus-point display options:

Manual focus mode:

Choose On to display the active focus point in manual focus mode, Off to display the focus point only during focus-point selection.

Continuous mode:

Choose On to display the active focus point in CH (continuous high-speed) and CL (continuous low-speed) modes.

Focus point brightness:

Choose the brightness of the focus-point display in the viewfinder from Extra high, High, Normal, and Low.

Dynamic-area AF display:

Choose On to display both the selected focus point and the surrounding focus points in dynamic-area AF mode. When 3D-tracking is used, a dot will be displayed in the center of the focus point ().

Group-area AF illumination:

Choose how the active focus points are displayed in group-area AF.

Choose if makes the subject difficult to see in the viewfinder.

a7: Number of Focus Points

Choose the focus points available for manual focus-point selection.

AF51 (51 points):

Choose from the 51 points shown at right.

AF11 (11 points):

Choose from the 11 points shown at right. Use for quick focus-point selection.

a10: Store by Orientation

Selecting Focus point and AF-area mode or Focus point lets you to choose the AF-area mode and/or focus point according to whether the camera is in “wide” (landscape orientation), “tall” (portrait) orientation with the camera rotated 90° clockwise, or "tall" orientation with the camera rotated 90° counterclockwise.

Camera rotated 90° counterclockwise
Landscape (wide) orientation
Camera rotated 90° clockwise

If Off is selected, the same focus point and AF-area mode will be used regardless of camera orientation

Camera rotated 90° counterclockwise
Landscape (wide) orientation
Camera rotated 90° clockwise

If you select Off after choosing Focus point, the camera will select the center focus point for all orientations. If you select Off after choosing Focus point and AF‐area mode, the camera will select the center focus point and the AF- area mode chosen for landscape orientation.

Checking Focus-Point Selection and AF-Area Mode

View the current AF-area mode in the top control panel, or press the button to view the current focus point and AF-area mode in the monitor.

f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons ()

If your lens is equipped with a focus function selector ( ), you can use this option to choose the role played by the focus function buttons when the selector is set to AF-L. For fast-moving sports, choose AF-area mode to enable rapid AF-area mode selection.

Lenses with Focus Function Selectors

The following lenses feature focus function selectors:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200–400mm f/4G ED VR II

AF-Area Mode Selection

Select Custom Setting f19, then highlight AF-area mode, press , and choose the AF-area mode that will be assigned to the focus function buttons (3D-tracking excluded). The selected mode takes effect only while a focus function button is pressed. Below are some examples of how the focus function buttons can be used for AF-area mode selection during fast-moving soccer matches.

Scene Goal Use focus function
buttons for
Set camera to
Long shots of
distant players
Pin-point focus on a
specific player
Single-point AF 9-point
dynamic-area AF
or group-area AF
Player close-ups Pin-point focus on a
player's eye
Players
competing for the
ball
To ensure that at
least one player is in
focus
Single-point AF
or 9-point dynamic-
area AF
Group-area AF

Other Options

Here are the other roles that can be assigned to the focus function buttons:

Focus locks while any of the focus function buttons is pressed.
Focus and exposure lock while any of the focus function buttons is pressed.
Exposure locks while any of the focus function buttons is pressed.
To use this option, highlight a focus point in the camera focus-point selection display and, keeping the AF-mode button pressed, press the center of the multi selector until the focus point starts to flash. The chosen focus point can then be selected by pressing any of the focus function buttons; the original selection is restored when the button is released.
If the flash is currently off, front-curtain sync will be selected while any of the focus function buttons is pressed. If the flash is currently enabled, it will instead be disabled while a focus function button is pressed.
Keep any of the focus function buttons pressed to take photographs only with the master camera when using a wireless transmitter or wireless remote controller for remote synchronized release.

Keep any of the focus function buttons pressed to take photographs only with the remote cameras when using a wireless transmitter or wireless remote controller for remote synchronized release.

Remote release can also be assigned to the Fn or Pv button using Custom Setting f3 (Assign Fn button) or f4 (Assign preview button).