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    D70s focus question

    while looking at EXIF data, i notice some pictures say AF section centre, others say left and i even see right???

    obviously i want it centred, i even have it at spot metering???

    what gives....is it because it was shooting hockey and the subject moves??

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by phatkid77
    while looking at EXIF data, i notice some pictures say AF section centre, others say left and i even see right???

    obviously i want it centred, i even have it at spot metering???

    what gives....is it because it was shooting hockey and the subject moves??

    thanks

    cory
    Manual, pages 64-74: Focus, pages 75-87: Exposure

    There are five focus areas on your camera, and a plethora of ways that the focus point can move, some of them automatic, some manually. It's easy to do by accident. On page 66, you'll find the instructions for the focus area lock, which you can set to prevent yourself from accidently moving the focus area.

    Oh, yeah, and you might think, "I'll bet he's looking at his D200 manual". Nope, nor did I memorize the D70 manual. The jerks who stole my camera didn't get the manual. It's a useful read.

    Metering and Focus are two distinctly different things. Focus sets the lens elements so that the image is sharp. Metering is only concerned with getting the right amount of light on the sensor, and is basically controlled by aperture and shutter speed.

    And, yes, there are modes where the focus area will move due to a moving subject. Since you have to go into the menu to get to them (I think, see your manual), I'd be surprised if that's the issue.

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    I found I made the same mistake more than once. After I would
    scroll through pics I had taken, using the left and right arrows on
    the multi selector, the focus area lit very often was the last
    direction I moved the multi selector. After doing anything with the
    selector, I make a point of checking the focus area at the bottom of
    the viewfinder display before going back to shooting.
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    With my Canon the focus point shows up as a red light in the display, does the D70 not show the used focus point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldrain
    With my Canon the focus point shows up as a red light in the display, does the D70 not show the used focus point?
    You can check the focus point on the info LCD (left side)or through the viewfinder (highlighted brackets).
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Riehm
    You can check the focus point on the info LCD (left side)or through the viewfinder (highlighted brackets).
    Thanks, that is what I thought... I do not understand how you then by accident can use a wrong focus point though.
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