How many - and if single which - AF points do you use?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Swandy, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    I just got the EM10 and one of my first impressions was - WOW 81 AF POINTS - that are all pretty small even without using the "small" selection.

    On all my earlier 4/3 and m4/3 cameras I just used the center point (though I do like that Face Detection seems to override that only one point is selected).

    Curious how many - and if multiple which ones - others use for general shooting? (Obviously for things like Macro this would change - and for people who use the LCD to select the point of focus.)
  2. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Mine is set to center and then changed based on the subject and conditions.
  3. LoneRider

    LoneRider Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2014
    Marysville, WA.
    Home is center, but I will adjust to the object depending on composition.
  4. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I'm crazy and am always manually changing my AF point. It's a habit I'd love to get out of. ;) 
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  5. I simply use the touch screen with the single focus point set to its smallest. put it where ever I need it.
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  6. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
  7. Touchscreen to select the focus point and release the shutter, otherwise I use only the centrepoint or face detect if I am handing the camera over to someone else. With lenses that exhibit vignetting and edge softness wide-open the AF system needs to work harder when you select focus points closer to the edges of the frame.
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  8. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    I don't use center AF, too boring. Always use touch to focus. With 14x magnification, focus points are tiny.
  9. rfortson

    rfortson Mu-43 Veteran

    I generally use center focus point and recompose if necessary. However, since getting the E-M5 and now the E-P5, I use the touch to release function on the camera quite often. When I bought the E-M5, I figured the touch screen was a gimmick I'd never use, but I really like it. As a result, I rarely use multiple AF points.
  10. Ares

    Ares Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    focus and recompose as i learned to shoot with a manual camera. I Should probably take advantage of the focus points especially when using some of the faster m43 glass as i have missed a couple of shots.
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  11. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I always forget about the touch-to-focus. D'oh!
  12. Swandy

    Swandy Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2009
    I don't forget about it but I have gotten used to using the EVF again and my eyelashes are not long enough to reach the screen!!!:rolleyes: 
  13. Heavy Doody

    Heavy Doody Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Two scenarios:

    If I'm shooting handheld or with the self timer I tap to focus/shoot.

    If I'm shooting with a shutter release cable I manually choose a point.
  14. I don't use 'touch to focus' as I'm almost purely an EVF shooter (no such thing as screens on a manual SLR) mostly I use centre point and adjust if needed.
  15. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    I still do single af center point focus and recompose style. Old habits die hard I guess.
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  16. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I generally use center spot - focus and recompose. That is unless I am shooting fast action{sports or certain wildlife} then I use the largest array of AF points{I also switch to back focus - normally I use the AE lock for exposure}.
  17. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Smallest box in the center. Always. With one exception to the rule: when shooting BIF (birds in flight) I use all boxes and let the camera decide where to focus.
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  18. mcasan

    mcasan Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 26, 2014
    For landscapes all AF points are on. Based on the scene I put ones that are appropriate. For wildlife and macro I start with a center cluster of 3x3 and then fine tune as needed. Landscape and macro use S-AF. Wildlife uses C-AF.
  19. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    I just got an E-PM2 and from reading on this forum, I am starting with a single AF and use the touchscreen to adjust my focus point. This is straight forward when shooting non human subject. However, when shooting portrait I am faced with both a face detection and focus point, that I am not quite sure how to balance both yet.
  20. bozer

    bozer Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 4, 2013
    How do you enable the 81 focus points???
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