Nikon 13187 User Guide (en)

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Focusing in Live View
To focus using autofocus, rotate the focus-mode 
selector to AF and follow the steps below to choose 
autofocus and AF-area modes. For information on 
focusing manually, see page 55.
❚❚Choosing a Focus Mode
The following autofocus modes are available in live view: 
To choose an autofocus mode, press the AF-mode button and rotate the main 
command dial until the desired mode is displayed in the monitor. 
Mode
Description 
AF-S
Single-servo AF
: For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is 
pressed halfway.
AF-F
Full-time servo AF
: For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously until shutter-
release button is pressed. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
AF-mode button Main command 
dial
Monitor
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Using Autofocus in Live View
Use an AF-S lens. The desired results may not be achieved with other lenses or 
teleconverters. Note that in live view, autofocus is slower and the monitor may brighten or 
darken while the camera focuses. The focus point may sometimes be displayed in green 
when the camera is unable to focus. The camera may be unable to focus in the following 
situations:
• The subject contains lines parallel to the long edge of the frame
• The subject lacks contrast
• The subject in the focus point contains areas of sharply contrasting brightness, or includes 
spot lighting or a neon sign or other light source that changes in brightness
• Flicker or banding appears under fluorescent, mercury-vapor, sodium-vapor, or similar 
lighting
• A cross (star) filter or other special filter is used
• The subject appears smaller than the focus point
• The subject is dominated by regular geometric patterns (e.g., blinds or a row of windows 
in a skyscraper)
• The subject is moving
Focus-mode selector