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How good are the several D800 continuous autofocus modes with bird (swallow) shooting?

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Shooting swallows is quite a challenge as these birds are fast, small and unpredictable. I tested 3D tracking, single AF point and dynamic area 9 points, just because I wanted to have a couple of pictures enough in focus to crop them 100%.

On my D800 I mounted the 70-200 mm VR-II on a quite cloudy day. Times between 1/1600 and 1/4000 at f/2.8 to /4 trying to avoid high ISO.

So, which continuous autofocus system scored best?

3D tracking, which should follow moving shapes and colours?
Single AF point, the middle AF in this case?
Dynamic area 9 points, which should keep in focus what’s inside the inner 9 AF points?
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