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Friday, November 5, 2010

Nikon D7000 Locks Focus On IMPOSSIBLE Shot!

Artic Wolves Sleeping

I was out yesterday on a personal shooting day with the Nikon D7000 at the Toronto Zoo, which by the way, is a GREAT place to go for a day of shooting!

Anyhow, things were going great, and I was getting some great fantastic photos.

My next stop on my list of animals I wanted to photograph was the Artic Wolves exhibit. I love wolves, and the white Artic Wolves are just incredibly beautiful animals.

I went over to the Artic Wolves area in the Canadian Domain exhibit, but no wolves! As I soon found out, they'd recently been moved to the newer Tundra Trek exhibit, so I finished up shooting a few more animals in the Canadian Domain and headed towards the Tundra Trek to photograph the wolves.

When I got to the Tundra Trek exhibit, I was bummed out. The Artic Wolves were now behind about 1/2" wire fencing with no opportunity to get a clear shot.

Wire fence - the D7000 was auto focusing through this!

Their old home in the Canadian Domain was much more conducive to photography, with lots of spots where you could get an unobstructed view for photography.

I looked around, walked the area, and tried to figure out how I could get a good shot. Nothing presented itself. I was stuck.

Dissappointed, I aimed the camera through the wire fencing at the wolves, more out of habit than anything. To my amazement, the D7000 locked auto focus on the wolves right through the 1/2" wire fencing!

Artic Wolf Lounging
Nikon D7000 & Nikon 70-300mm VR

I couldn't believe it! How was the D7000 able to do this? I could barely manual focus through the wire fending, and here the Nikon D7000 was auto focusing through it!

Sure, this wasn't optimal conditions for good photos. You could still see reflection and artifacts from the wire fence, but I was just blown away that the Nikon D7000 was focusing through it!

Here's a few more from the D7000 shooting through the fencing...

Artic Wolf Watching
Nikon D7000 & Nikon 70-300mm VR

Artic Wolves Napping
Nikon D7000 & Nikon 70-300mm VR

Artic Wolves
Nikon D7000 & Nikon 70-300mm VR

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Amanda said...

so do you just edit that fence stuff out, then?

Anonymous said...

most camera's are able to focus through fences etc ;) I tested this with a sony DSC-W170, Nikon D90, Nikon D3000
the lenses: 60mm, 70-300, 18-55, 50mm

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty amazing example. Which AF mode were you using?

I also have a D7000 and have been amazed at the autofocus selectivity.

Matt Ballard said...

@Amanda - Yes, if I was going to use the photo for something that needed it. Not an easy edit though. :-)

@Anonymous - I was using AF-S. I almost always shoot in Single mode and focus / recompose.