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Recommended AF Settings by Event: Overview

This section offers some advice on adjusting autofocus-related settings for different sporting events.

Overview: Settings by Event

The settings for different events are summarized in the table below. For all events listed, we recommend that you select a focus mode of AF‑C, choose [Release] for Custom Setting a1 [AF‑C priority selection], and select [Auto] for [AF subject detection options] in the photo shooting menu.

Soccer

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Dynamic-area AF (S or M) 2 Steady Focus point

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Gymnastics

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Floor exercises, rhythmic gymnastics
Auto-area AF
Balance beam
3D-tracking Focus point and AF-area mode
Vault
Auto-area AF
Rings and horizontal and uneven bars
3D-tracking

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Athletics

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Sprints (hand-held shots focusing on a single runner approaching the camera)
3D-tracking Focus point
Hurdles
3D-tracking Focus point
Marathons (from a vehicle)
Dynamic-area AF (S) 3 Steady Focus point
Shot put, discus, hammer throw, and javelin (from the front, at a distance)
Auto-area AF
Long jump, triple jump, and pole vault (facing oncoming jumpers)
Auto-area AF
High jump
Wide-area AF (L)

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Aquatics

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Swimming
Dynamic-area AF (S) 2 Steady
Diving
Auto-area AF
Artistic swimming
Wide-area AF (S or L)

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Table tennis

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
3D-tracking

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BMX and skateboarding

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
Auto-area AF Focus point

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Motor sports

For more details, see the description page.

AF-area mode Custom Settings
a3 a5
Blocked shot AF response Subject motion
3D-tracking Focus point

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Vibration Reduction

Selecting [Sport] for [Vibration reduction] in the photo shooting menu stabilizes the image in the display and makes it easier to track your subject.

F Mount Lenses with Vibration Reduction Switches

If an F mount lens with a vibration reduction switch is mounted on the camera using a mount adapter, the [Vibration reduction] item in the photo shooting menu will be grayed out and unavailable. Use the controls on the lens for vibration reduction.