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Back button focus: You'll NEVER go back!

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Back-button focus means pressing your shutter button no longer automatically autofocuses your camera. Instead, you control it with the AF-On button. It provides …


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  1. I still cannot believe I just discovered your channel just a few weeks ago, you guys really have amazing tips and podcasts that are just useful tips, amazing channel and thank you!

  2. If your camera is set to continuous shooting mode and you keep the shutter half pressed you don't have to refocus every time even if in one shot focus.
    It keeps sense to keep single shot on shutter and continuous in the back so you don't have to switch.
    But regarding the if something happens and the camera is already focused in the ballpark it makes sense.

  3. I just keep the shutter pressed down half way after taking a shot so I don't need to focus again and recompose the shot. Isn't that even faster and easier then backbutton focus?

  4. Very well explained. I tried it for a while and (anecdotally) felt that the AF focus was slower to acquire focus lock on BBF than SBF on the E-M1.2 (firmware 2.3). I tried it for several months so I feel like I was over the lack of familiarity aspect when making my assessment on the effectiveness. Have you experienced or heard of anything similar?

  5. What the hell is this video!!? You just took manual focus (something we all use if we're serious about photography), then complicated the shit out of it. Trying to make out we all need to be pressing a whole load of button combinations to get the focus the camera wants you to have. Seriously guys, switch to manual and take control of your camera.

  6. Except on lesser bodies, Nikon kind of forgot that we left-eyed guys exist. I used to be a back-button user while I was on the Canon system, but the placement of it on anything bellow D800 series is horrible for anyone using the left eye for framing through the VF.

  7. The title of this video is Spot On. I watched this video a couple months ago, was skeptical but thought I'd try it. The first month it took me a while to get used to it, but I didn't use my camera that much during that time. However, we just returned from a long vacation where we visited four State & National Parks, during which I took over 1,000 photos. Back button focus is now ingrained in my mind, and Tony is right, I will Never Go Back!

  8. Im confused. Im not a camera person. So do I press this back button thingy and hold it and then press the shoot button? Or do I press the back button release it and then press the shoot button? I don’t understand it. Someone help.

  9. With the Sony a73, is it still possible to lock in focus during single point af so you don't have to recompose? Or do the buttons only switch between eye af and single point af?

  10. Tony, I have a SONY A7 Mk II. Your QUOTE "you can program one AF-On button to do a single autofocus point, and a second button (such as AEL) to focus with all autofocus points." I have set up the AF-On button as per your guide to the MF/AF button. However, how do set up AEL to be set up with all autofocus points using the AEL button? I don't see an option for that.

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