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    pstedders
    pstedders  2 United Kingdom
    3 Jul 2013 - 7:25 PM

    Apologies in advance if this question seems a little basic, but I am struggling with a couple of things on my new DSLR (Nikon 3200).

    What is the difference between FOCUS MODE and AF-AREA MODE.
    I am something of a novice, so would appreciate any feedback in "every person" terms (i.e.: not too technical)

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    pulsar69
    pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
    3 Jul 2013 - 8:32 PM

    Not sure on nikon but the basics are the same

    Focus Mode ie spot( in the same spot ) servo ( moves around with target to track ) and AI servo which stays in one spot and then moves if the target does
    AF Area is how many of the cameras focus points you are using ie in servo mode you could use any number of spots depending on the area you think the subject is going to move around in so maybe all 61 or whatever you have

    so area is about the area covered ( size ) and mode is in what mode to cover it ( method of focusing )

    not sure if i explained that basically enough does that help ?

    pstedders
    pstedders  2 United Kingdom
    4 Jul 2013 - 9:52 AM

    Thanks to everyone for replying. That has helped a lot.
    Many thanks

    pstedders
    pstedders  2 United Kingdom
    4 Jul 2013 - 6:39 PM

    Many thanks to everyone for replying and also for not shouting me down or patronising me for even asking the question in the first place.
    Much appreciated.

    At risk of labouring the point if I could summarise in my own words:
    Most of my photography will be landscapes, architecture, still life, portraits, macro stuff so that points towards Single Servo Mode?
    Within that I have two Focus Area Modes Single point and Area. I am inclined to the latter (Area) but I can envisage situations where I would use Single point.

    If I find myself working a lot on subjects which involves a lot of movement (football action, motor racing etc all very unlikely) then I might need to consider Continuous focus mode and then the different Area modes within that?

    Does that sound a reasonable summary?

    Gundog
    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    4 Jul 2013 - 6:59 PM

    If you want the focus to be on a specific point - e.g. in a portrait you would want the focus on the eyes rather than the nose or the chin, then a single focus point is the answer. For a landscape you might be happier (and quicker) with an AF mode that uses an array of points. Nikon AF systems tend to be fairly good at predicting the area you want.

    pstedders
    pstedders  2 United Kingdom
    4 Jul 2013 - 7:08 PM

    Thanks Gundog. I think this is all starting to click into place.

    Much appreciate your advice.

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