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#1 Leaviathan

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 05:41 PM

I was wondering, does anyone actually use this feature? 


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:16 PM

i do not


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:26 AM

Sometimes

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:00 AM

All the time.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:23 AM

All the time to be honest cant think of a time I turned it off

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:14 PM

I turned it off during our 2016 road trip, and haven't turned it back on since.  I accept that it can be a very useful tool.  However, it can also make you very unpopular in places like museums.  I use MF a lot more than I did before 2016.  :)


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 02:50 PM

I haven't had it turned on in any camera since my D70... if I know that I will need dull light focus assist I attach my SB800 which uses infra red to assist focus... although on pretty rare occasions.


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 03:33 PM

I'm curious if it has caused any distractions when shooting people


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 04:19 PM

I'm curious if it has caused any distractions when shooting people

Not that I have noticed.. :)


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Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:12 PM

In-body AF assist illuminator is very distracting when shooting people, so when I am shooting people I use my SB-800 - the red AF assist illuminator on the flash is much less distracting, and it overrides the in-body illuminator. Otherwise I have left it to automatically come on, if necessary, in low light built-in flash situations.



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 10:23 PM

I've never had anyone say its distracting nor have I noticed it when someone has it on. I am sure in some very low light situations when your subject is looking right at it might be an issue. This is one of those your milage may vary.

 

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Posted 07 April 2018 - 01:03 PM

I've never had anyone say its distracting nor have I noticed it when someone has it on. 

 

I was using it in museums and low-light situations.  Didn't get any complaints from by-standers, but got a few from museum staff.  The complaints stopped as soon as I turned it off.

 

When I started shooting still life, I use MF.  No need for AF assist, and beer mugs don't complain anyway.

 

Now that I'm photographing more birds, I use continuous focus mode.  For landscapes, it's back button autofocus.  :)


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Posted 07 April 2018 - 01:14 PM

In-body AF assist illuminator is very distracting when shooting people, so when I am shooting people I use my SB-800 - the red AF assist illuminator on the flash is much less distracting, and it overrides the in-body illuminator. Otherwise I have left it to automatically come on, if necessary, in low light built-in flash situations.


Ditto the SB-600/800 AF assist. Don't know why they don't make the one on the body red as well. My D610 AF is not that great in low light, so even if I'm shooting ambient in low light at high ISO, I'll turn off the "Fire" mode on the SB-800 and just use its AF illuminator.
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Posted 07 April 2018 - 04:04 PM

Ditto the SB-600/800 AF assist. Don't know why they don't make the one on the body red as well. My D610 AF is not that great in low light, so even if I'm shooting ambient in low light at high ISO, I'll turn off the "Fire" mode on the SB-800 and just use its AF illuminator.

 

I too always wondered why they couldn't have made the on-body AF light red. Oh well.



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Posted 07 April 2018 - 04:58 PM

I'm shooting 40 Baptisms tomorrow and decided to use it, lots of movement going on!


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