Kodiak Brown Bear captured by D6 / 180-400VR

The anticipation use to kill me! I’d go off on an adventure and not until the day AFTER I got back in the office I’d see the images from the trip. And then only after that would I know if I got the image sharp. Those were the days of film and manual focus, now thankfully long ways in the rear view mirror. Today we have digital and with it, autofocus with animal eye-detection AF. Many ask me if it works. It does and works very well but you need to meet it half way to make it a great tool in your photography.

Greater Roadrunner captured by Z 6II / 800AFS

It starts by turning on Animal Eye-Detection in your camera. I have it active in both my D6 and Z 6II and in the Z 6II you can see the yellow box appear and grab onto the eye telling you it’s working graphically. The key to making this work though is the image size in the viewfinder. Helping one shooter who wasn’t have any success, I quickly learned that if you have a small image size (depending on cropping in post for your final image size), the eye-detection is not as effective. Shooting as I do to get the image size I want in the viewfinder, the D6 / Z 6II locked on easily. The two eyes of the Kodiak Brown or the one eye of the Roadrunner, the cameras locked on brilliantly. Get that critter in the viewfinder so it’s not a micro dot meeting the system half way, it will become a valuable tool in your photography!

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