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Focus Points

The camera focuses using 153 focus points, of which the 55 shown in red at right can be selected by the user. The available cross sensors and focus points vary with the lens or teleconverter used (see this section ).

Focus-Point Selection

The center focus point can be selected by pressing the center of the multi selector. See this section for information on choosing the number of focus points available. See this section for information on configuring focus-area selection to “wrap around”.

1.3× (18 × 12)

The focus points at the left and right edges of the display are not available when 1.3× (18 × 12) is selected for Choose image area. Instead, the camera focuses using 117 focus points, of which 45 can be selected by the user. If another focus point is active when 1.3× (18 × 12) is selected, focus will move to the closest available point. The previous selection will be restored if the user chooses another image area option without changing the focus point.

Cross Sensors

The focus points with cross sensors are highlighted in green. All other focus points use line sensors.

Lens Cross sensors
AF‑S lenses other than those listed below with maximum apertures of f/4 or faster *
99 cross sensors

99 cross sensors

  • AF‑S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12–24 mm f/4G IF‑ED
  • AF‑S Micro NIKKOR 60 mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF‑S NIKKOR 600 mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF‑S NIKKOR 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • AF‑S Nikkor 600 mm f/4D IF‑ED II
  • AF‑S Nikkor 600 mm f/4D IF‑ED
63 cross sensors

63 cross sensors

  • AF‑S NIKKOR 200–400 mm f/4G ED VR II
  • AF‑S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200–400 mm f/4G IF‑ED
  • AF‑S NIKKOR 500 mm f/4G ED VR
  • AF‑S Nikkor 500 mm f/4D IF‑ED II
  • AF‑S Nikkor 500 mm f/4D IF‑ED
  • AF‑S lenses with maximum apertures slower than f/4 *
  • Non–AF‑S lenses
45 cross sensors

45 cross sensors

* At maximum zoom, in the case of zoom lenses.

Teleconverters and Available Focus Points

The focus points shown below are available for autofocus and electronic rangefinding when a teleconverter is used. Cross-sensor focus points are highlighted in green.

Teleconverter Max. lens
aperture
Focus points
  • TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III
  • TC‑17E II
  • TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III
f/2
153 (55 selectable); 99 cross sensors

153 (55 selectable);
99 cross sensors

TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III

f/2.8
  • TC‑17E II
  • TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III
f/2.8
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors

153 (55 selectable);
45 cross sensors

TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III

f/4

TC‑17E II

f/4
37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors

37 (17 selectable);
25 cross sensors1

TC‑800‑1.25E ED

f/5.6

TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III

f/42
15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors

15 (9 selectable);
5 cross sensors1

TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III

f/5.62
  1. Points shown in gray support autofocus under some conditions.
  2. With support for a combined aperture of f/8.

The focus points available for autofocus and electronic rangefinding when teleconverters are used in combination with different lenses are shown below (data are current as of April 2016).

AF‑S NIKKOR 400 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and 70–200 mm f/2.8G ED VR II

  • Alone or with TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III: 153 (55 selectable); 99 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 99 cross sensors
  • With TC‑17E II or TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III: 153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors

AF‑S NIKKOR 500 mm f/4E FL ED VR

  • Alone: 153 (55 selectable); 99 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 99 cross sensors
  • With TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III: 153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
  • With TC‑17E II: 37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
  • With TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III: 15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors with support for a combined aperture of f/8
15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors

AF‑S NIKKOR 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR

  • Alone: 153 (55 selectable); 63 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 63 cross sensors
  • With TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III: 153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
  • With TC‑17E II: 37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
  • With TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III: 15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors with support for a combined aperture of f/8
15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors

AF‑S NIKKOR 200–400 mm f/4G ED VR II

  • Alone or with TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III: 153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
  • With TC‑17E II: 37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
37 (17 selectable); 25 cross sensors
  • With TC‑20E/TC‑20E II/TC‑20E III: 15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors with support for a combined aperture of f/8
15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors

AF‑S NIKKOR 80–400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR and 200–500 mm f/5.6E ED VR

  • Alone: 153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
153 (55 selectable); 45 cross sensors
  • With TC‑14E/TC‑14E II/TC‑14E III: 15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors with support for a combined aperture of f/8
15 (9 selectable); 5 cross sensors