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Compose photographs with off-center subjects.

  1. Focus: Position the subject in the focus frame and press the shutter button halfway to lock focus and exposure. Focus and exposure will remain locked while the shutter button is pressed halfway (AF/AE lock).

  2. Recompose: Keep the shutter button pressed halfway.

  3. Shoot: Press the button all the way down.

Focus lock using the shutter button is only available when [ON] is selected for [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] > [SHUTTER AF], [SHUTTER AE].

The [AF-L] and [AE-L] Buttons

Focus and exposure can also be locked with the [AF-L] and [AE‑L] buttons. At default settings, the [AF‑L] button locks focus, the [AE‑L] button exposure. Focus and/or exposure will remain locked while the button is pressed, whether or not the shutter button is pressed halfway.

The roles of the buttons can be changed using the following [BUTTON/DIAL SETTING] options:

  • [Fn/AE‑L/AF‑L BUTTON SETTING]: Choose the roles played by the [AE‑L] and [AF‑L] buttons.
  • [AE/AF‑LOCK MODE]: If [AE&AF ON/OFF SWITCH] is selected for [AE/AF-LOCK MODE], focus and/or exposure lock when the button is pressed and remain locked until the button is pressed again.