Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

   In shooting, mastering the various performances of the camera can help to cope with a variety of shooting scenes, and the focusing operation is a skill that many photographers are not easy to master. The focus assist button in the camera, how to use the AE-L/AF-L or AF-ON function in shooting, or how to “make the best use of everything”, is the content we will explain in detail below.

Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

  AE-L How to use /AF-L

   First of all, beginners should understand what AE-L/AF-L are responsible for. AE-L is the abbreviation of the full English name Auto Exposure Lock, and its function is automatic exposure lock. The full name of AF-L in English is Auto Focus Lock, which means auto focus lock.

Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

   is shooting , When you half-press the shutter release button of a Nikon camera, and then press and hold the AE-L/AF-L button, the exposure and focus calculated by the camera will be locked. As long as the AE-L/AF-L button is held down, even if the shutter release button is released, the exposure and focus data will not change. This operation is helpful for adjusting the composition during shooting. It will not happen that the exposure parameters are changed due to recomposition, or the subject is out of focus due to refocusing after changing the composition.

Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

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   Of course, the point of this operation is to press the AE-L/AF-L button until the camera is in focus by pressing the shutter button halfway. Release the shutter to complete shooting.

How to use   AF-ON

  In Nikon’s cameras, there are some There is an AF-ON function button, which is different from the operation effect brought by AE-L/AF-L. But because its functions are somewhat similar, many beginners are easily confused. Let me talk about its features and operations in detail.

Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

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  AF-ON key is a control key that separates focus independently. We all know that from half-pressing the shutter’s focus metering to fully releasing the shutter to shoot, in fact, the shutter completes two actions in an instant, namely “metering” and “focusing”, and many shooting environments require more inclined measurement. In light, this operation becomes a bit cumbersome. At this time, you can first use the AF-ON button to focus during operation. Then long press the AF-ON button to focus and keep the focus locked, and then using the shutter to focus will be much more convenient and faster. This can also avoid the phenomenon of out of focus due to unstable finger pressure when pressing the shutter halfway.

Analysis of AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions in Nikon cameras

   Nikon official sample

  AF-ON key can also be used with AF-C continuous AF focusing mode. When tracking and focusing, long-press the AF-ON key to focus on various moving subjects for a long time, and perform uninterrupted focus to ensure that the focus in the picture is clearer.

   The above is a detailed description of the AE-L/AF-L and AF-ON functions, you can try to use them in the shooting to achieve better shooting results.

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