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The Worst Thing About Auto ISO In Manual Mode - Is It As Good As I Said?
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The Worst Thing About Auto ISO In Manual Mode - Is It As Good As I Said? Well.....maybe not!

I previously released a video raving about Auto ISO in Manual Mode.  At the time, I had only been using Auto ISO in Manual Mode for a couple of weeks.  I’ve discovered a problem with it.  My camera seemed to be focusing a lot slower.

I was using it for bird photography, specifically for flying birds. I was getting frustrated because the camera seemed to be taking a long time to lock focus a lot of the time. I was thinking perhaps there was something wrong with my lens, or something else had gone wrong in the camera. Then I thought about it a bit more and realized that it must be the Auto ISO. 

In allowing the camera to choose the best ISO while I was tracking a bird across scenes with different contrast and brightness levels, I was giving it too much to think about.  This was slowing down the time it took to lock focus.  I was missing a lot of good shots.

Now, this may be a problem specific to my camera.  It may just be that the processing power of the D5200 is just not enough to handle focusing and Auto ISO at the same time.  I am interested to find out if you are experiencing this problem too, so please leave a comment below the video if you have noticed any change in how your camera focuses while using Auto ISO.

Auto ISO in Manual Mode is a wonderful thing, however, it may cause your camera to focus slower.  Just keep this in mind when using auto ISO for bird photography or wildlife photography.
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