R5/R6: Moving initial AF point with the joystick in face detection mode?

Wikzo

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Is there a way to move the initial AF point with the joystick when using the face-detection? So far I've only been able to do it by dragging on the touch screen, but I would much prefer to use the joystick.
 

Sorosuub

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I have a tangentially related question- possible to use the joystick to select different eyes?
 

Wikzo

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Yes, I can use the joystick to select between eyes and subjects. But I'd like to move the initial AF point to tell the camera where to look when using face-detection.
 
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bhf3737

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I don't have the camera yet, so cannot confirm myself.
But I guess you can do it in two steps:
1. set back button AF to AF-on button and
2. set another button (e.g. star button) to start eye-tracking.
In this way you can select AF point by pushing the AF-on and moving it with joystick to any place you want and then push the star button to activate eye-tracking.
 

PunkRawkJay

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I don't have the camera yet, so cannot confirm myself.
But I guess you can do it in two steps:
1. set back button AF to AF-on button and
2. set another button (e.g. star button) to start eye-tracking.
In this way you can select AF point by pushing the AF-on and moving it with joystick to any place you want and then push the star button to activate eye-tracking.
Thats exactly how to do it
 

Ramage

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Aug 27, 2019
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I think what your looking for is
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Top selection on Page 5 of the AF menus.

Make sure you have have the Joystick enabled in custom buttons


I used this to select where I want the tracking to start.
 

FrenchFry

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I think what your looking for is
View attachment 192589
Top selection on Page 5 of the AF menus.

Make sure you have have the Joystick enabled in custom buttons


I used this to select where I want the tracking to start.
Yes ! This is a nice way to do it. You can set the center point as the starting point, position that point over your subject, and then recompose at will once the tracking initiates.
 
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zim

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This is OT so apologies but i don't have the camera to try, once tracking has initiated can you rotate the camera 90deg and maintain the same tracking? Just curious
 

Ramage

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This is OT so apologies but i don't have the camera to try, once tracking has initiated can you rotate the camera 90deg and maintain the same tracking? Just curious
Yeah once it is locked on as long as the objected you locked onto is in frame it will stay locked and in focus.
 
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Wikzo

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I think what your looking for is
View attachment 192589
Top selection on Page 5 of the AF menus.

Make sure you have have the Joystick enabled in custom buttons


I used this to select where I want the tracking to start.
I have those settings. However:

- In Single Shot mode, moving the joystick while using face-tracking does nothing (if no faces/eyes are found). If multiple faces/eyes are found, the joystick can jump between those.
- In Single Shot mode, dragging on the touch screen shows a little red crosshair that can be used to set the initial AF point.
- In Servo AF, moving the joystick does indeed move the AF point around. However, unlike in the Single Shot mode, it cannot be used to jump between faces/eyes.

The reason I asked initially was because I'd like to be in the face-tracking mode most of the time, even if there are no faces. I used it for some street photography the other day, where it changes a lot whether there is a person in the frame or not. It was a bit annoying having to swap between face-detection and 1-point AF all the time.