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Use of Auto Focus with a Tripod

What is the recommendation for use of auto focus with a tripod and wireless remote shutter release ?

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Re: Use of Auto Focus with a Tripod

It depends on the subject. If autofocus could be "fooled" by distracting elements (i.e. shooting a bird in a tree where branches could "steal" the focus) then switch to manual. If AF would work handheld then no reason to switch to MF.

 

If the lens has Image Stabilization check the lens manual. Some require IS to be switched off when on a tripod.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

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Re: Use of Auto Focus with a Tripod

In addition to what John posted, it would depend upon what else YOU are doing with the camera. 

 

Depending upon the focus mode and focus selection points, you may want to manual focus if the AF does not give you what you want.  If I am using LiveView on a tripod, I almost always manually focus because I can zoom in on a specific part of the frame and set my focus there.

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Re: Use of Auto Focus with a Tripod

I use the tripod in two situations...family portraits and shooting wildlife that are more or less cooperative, so I think I will use the MF for both situations. Thanks for the great info!
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Re: Use of Auto Focus with a Tripod

That is a great idea to use live view! Hadn't thought about that. I will plan on trying that ! Thanks so much for the great info !!
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