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Old November 7th, 2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default What does the number of autofocus areas affect?

I noticed the more high end and professional cameras have many more AF areas, while an entry level camera like my Nikon D60 only has three. What will more AF areas get you? Simply better control if you want to select a certain focus area? Does it equate to a better focused picture overall?
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it just gives you more flexibility when framing an image to get your focus point right
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I use the crap out of this. Like TJSport said, when you look into your viewfinder there are several areas to choose from instead of having to move the camera to what u want to focus, you move the focus bracket to what you want to focus.

A lot of times, for example, you are looking through the lens and like the way the image is laid out but the focus point is someone's stomach or something, you just click one bracket up.
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Gotcha. It will be something to look forward to when it comes time to upgrade to a new camera body. There have been a few occasions where I've had to manual focus a shot due to the subject being away from one of the given focus areas.
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learn how to use the focus lock as well. My d50 basically has top, bottom, left, right and center that i can either choose from or basically it will focus to closest framed subject... i can also lock it on any quadrant.

my mom's D300 on the other hand can pick multiple points and somehow focus them all in... kind of like the face recognition on point and shoot.

Basically whatever you ed up with, just learn to shoot good shots with it... the rest is just gravy that makes it easier for people to shoot in Auto
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