street photography and shutter lag

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Is there a way with cameras like Nikon 8400 and Minolta A200 to *fix*
    the focus for several shots (not just before each one)? In other words
    more or less like manual focus.
    I like to prefocus on a couple of meters, using a wideangle lens. That
    way the shutter delay (and my own reaction time) is minimal. I'd like
    to have the shutter delay under 1/10 of a second.

    By the way, here are two of my old pictures:
    http://stobblehouse.com/arthome/stob/BW.JPG
    http://stobblehouse.com/arthome/stob/2girls.JPG
     
    Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 10, 2004
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  2. Ooops, I was too impatient there. I have now found out from
    megapixel.net that those cameras do indeed have manual focus. Kewl.
     
    Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 10, 2004
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  3. The 8400 has a manual focus mode, although I've never had occasion to use
    it. I would imagine it would do what you want. Perhaps you could
    download the manual to check. This site has the 5400 manual:
    http://www.nikon.com.sg/

    The only fixed-focus I've done has been at infinity - from an aircraft -
    using the infinity setting.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 10, 2004
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  4. Yeah.
    I'd say that with the small sensor in a compact digicam, a wideangle,
    and a medium aperture, the depth of field is practically infinite if
    you focus in the middle distance. Certainly one meter to infinity is no
    problem, probably much more.
     
    Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 11, 2004
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  5. Eolake Stobblehouse

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    David, I would assume the 8400 has the AF/AE button as well, no? On my 5700
    you can set this to lock AT only, AE only or both. Being a newer model, I'd
    assume the 8400 can do this as well?
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    Ed Ruf, Dec 11, 2004
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  6. Ed Ruf wrote:
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    Yes, indeed it does have the AE/AF-L button, so it should do everything
    that's required.

    I was reluctant to promise the OP that this would do /exactly/ what they
    wanted as it is something is haven't /directly/ used myself.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 11, 2004
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  7. Eolake Stobblehouse

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Out of curiosity has Nikon fixed what I would consider a design flaw on the
    57700, the need to hold the button down? I always thought and still think a
    toggle would be much more usable.
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    Ed Ruf, Dec 11, 2004
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  8. Ed Ruf wrote:
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    As I haven't used it - I don't know!

    If you don't have an 8400 manual, and could accept a 14MB file by e-mail
    (perhap 18MB attachment size), I will e-mail you the manual (as I know you
    are an existing Nikon user). Or download it yourself, of course.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 11, 2004
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  9. Eolake Stobblehouse

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    Ed Ruf, Dec 11, 2004
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  10. I would love to get it. (I did not see the 8400 in the Coolpix list on
    the site you gave.)

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    Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 11, 2004
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  11. Not quite, for that only locks the AF for ONE shot, right?
     
    Eolake Stobblehouse, Dec 11, 2004
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  12. You will need to try another site.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 11, 2004
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  13. Eolake Stobblehouse wrote:
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    As I said, I haven't used the AF-L function so I can't say.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Dec 11, 2004
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  14. Eolake Stobblehouse

    Ed Ruf Guest

    If it works like the AF/AE lock on the 5700, it's as long as you hold the
    button down for, IIRC.
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    Ed Ruf, Dec 11, 2004
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