Getting used to back button focusing

7 months 2 days ago #652019 by J Hemingway
It's been a week and I keep forgetting about the move and I have so many photos that aren't in focus.  Argggggh! 

How long did it take you to retrain your muscle memory on this?

I know everyone will be different, I'm just hoping to hear some similar stories so I don't feel like an idiot!  :woohoo:


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7 months 2 days ago #652021 by Nikon Shooter

J Hemingway wrote: I'm just hoping to hear some similar stories so I don't feel like an idiot!  :woohoo:


I'm afraid, J, I'm not the one that will make you feel better. :(

I was so desperate to find a solution that BBF and I were friends
in seconds and I was moulded by the end of the day.

I met students that were not impressed at all and went back the
old way.

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7 months 2 days ago #652053 by Shadowfixer1

J Hemingway wrote: It's been a week and I keep forgetting about the move and I have so many photos that aren't in focus.  Argggggh! 

How long did it take you to retrain your muscle memory on this?

I know everyone will be different, I'm just hoping to hear some similar stories so I don't feel like an idiot!  :woohoo:

I have tried it several times but it just seems a pain in the rear. I always go back to standard.

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7 months 2 days ago #652058 by J Hemingway
Well this is a little reassuring that I'm not alone!  I'll try it for another week and see where I'm at then.  


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7 months 1 day ago - 7 months 1 day ago #652124 by garyrhook
I still don't understand its value, and therefore don't use it, despite being set up for it.

That said, can your camera be configured so that both methods work?


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7 months 1 day ago #652138 by Nikon Shooter

J Hemingway wrote: Well this is a little reassuring that I'm not alone!  I'll try it for another week and see where I'm at then.  

Wise decision J, I ended up using only the BBF approach for everything.

garyrhook wrote: I still don't understand its value… 

Every time the trigger goes, the AF starts again. Separating Focus and
trigger means that the focus is ignoring the trigger and goes on conti-
nuously increasing keepers rate and saving time in action and wildlife.

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7 months 1 day ago #652144 by Alex
After speaking to some cool peeps, I recently started back button focus again.  It does take getting use too, however I kind of like it this time around.  

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7 months 1 day ago #652188 by MM Images
I started using back button focus and the win is when you don't need to worry about your camera trying to find focus and you missing the shot because you pressed the shutter button.  At first I was not excited about it, but it does grow on you.  


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7 months 5 hours ago #652248 by Overread
I use it and it does have a time and place.  When you have things moving around in a landscape shot, it does insure you are locked on exactly what you want.  


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7 months 3 hours ago #652262 by garyrhook

Overread wrote: I use it and it does have a time and place.  When you have things moving around in a landscape shot, it does insure you are locked on exactly what you want.  


See, no: single-point focus. Understanding depth of field and aperture, and pinpointing exactly what you want, doesn't require BBF.

Unless you mean that you lock focus on something when it's in the right spot, then wish to hold it while the "thing" moves around. That I get.


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6 months 4 weeks ago #652341 by Kyle O
Eh, not for me.  


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6 months 4 weeks ago #652371 by Don Granger
Well if your camera supports different users, just have one profile set up for back button focus and use it when it's convenient.  


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6 months 4 weeks ago #652520 by Dan Spade
Tried and didn't get all excited about it.  I found that I forgot to press the autofocus back button all the time and missed shots.  


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6 months 3 weeks ago #652879 by J Hemingway
Finally a week later, it's getting better.  I'm actually enjoying it now and I do see benefits to having this act as a locked focus with out worrying about the system searching for focus and messing up my shot.  


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6 months 3 weeks ago #652880 by Nikon Shooter
YEEEAAHHHH!

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