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Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-14-2009, 8:07 AM Reply   
I have a 2 1/2 year old D80. I can no longer control the focus points when I switch from Auto-Area mode to Single area mode. I can switch between the modes but the rear curser button doesn't allow me to switch between the focus points.

Any ideas?
Old     (rson)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-15-2009, 12:36 PM Reply   
take your lens off and clean the contacts both on the lens and the camera. They get dirty and don't focus correctly.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-15-2009, 8:10 PM Reply   
Seems to me AF point selection is internal to the camera and lens independent but cleaning the contacts certainly is worth a try.

You can control the ability to select different AF points or which ones are selectable on Canon bodies using custom functions perhaps it;s the same on your Nikon and you inadvertently changed your settings? If neither of the above it sounds like your rear cursor control is defective.
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-16-2009, 9:06 AM Reply   
I don't think it's the contacts, I cleaned them anyway but still the same result. In Auto Area mode - it selects the AF points but when I switch it to Single Area or Dynamic Area, I can't move them. The rear cursor works fine in all the other uses for it. But when it comes to the AF points... no dice. I don't think it is selectable in a custom functions setting but maybe someone knows.
Old     (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-16-2009, 12:53 PM Reply   
Are you sure that you have the L button unlocked?
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-18-2009, 10:47 AM Reply   

As soon as I saw this post I ran out and got my camera and that was it.

I can't believe it was something so simple.
Old     (rson)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-19-2009, 10:16 PM Reply   
You can blow me a kiss later.
Old     (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       07-20-2009, 7:21 AM Reply   
I think Alan gets the kiss.
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-20-2009, 9:34 AM Reply   
Yes. Alan gets the kiss. Although I won't enjoy it
Old     (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       07-20-2009, 9:39 AM Reply   
I have done it may times myself. Glad to help out.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-20-2009, 7:55 PM Reply   
HEY! How about an honorable mention! I said it was the camera settings before Alan LOL.
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-21-2009, 9:27 AM Reply   
Fine Rich can have a kiss too. But no tongue because you were only partially correct. Alan gets the GFE kiss
Old     (kitewake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       07-22-2009, 7:39 PM Reply   
Go manual. After a bit of practice...your shots will be so much better.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-23-2009, 6:35 AM Reply   

I'm gonna buy a Nikon, learn which stupid switches turn off by mistake and then next time I'll get the tongue!

(Message edited by richd on July 23, 2009)
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-26-2009, 1:12 PM Reply   
Go manual? Ummmm... that has nothing to do with the focus points.

I stopped shooting with the green rectangle long time ago.


Rich, you aren't allowed to switch over. Your Nikon card has been denied.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-27-2009, 7:31 AM Reply   
Cool picture, substitute blue Colt Pythons for those ugly Sigs and it would be perfect!
Old     (bigdad)      Join Date: Apr 2002       07-27-2009, 7:46 AM Reply   
Nah, I'll take the .40 cal Sig with the 12 + 1 over a six shot anytime. Of course if I'm getting in a gun battle this is my weapon of choice. Colt M4.

Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       07-27-2009, 7:03 PM Reply   
I'm a big Colt wheelgun fan/collector, unfortunately (fortunately?) I didn't buy them because I ever expected to actually have to use one.

I agree with you on the M4, I have a Lt Recce myself in case of a SHTF scenario, of course I'm stuck with 10 round mags and a bullet button. I built it from parts - loads of fun to shoot and accurate as hell.

Anyhow that's a cool image. I'm assuming you took that after the final volley- since the slides are all back?


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