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Autofocus is the ability of a camera/lens system to automatically adjust the focus of the lens via a motor attached to the focus group of the lens. Contrast with manual focus.

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Is it normal for autofocus to produce blurry photos under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R. I find that the autofocus often fails during low light, as in produces out of focus photos. Sometimes it's clearly out of focus, and I can see that on the LCD, in which case I ...
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With the advantages of an AF-ON button, why don't all DSLRs have one?

I've just updated my body from Nikon D40X to Nikon D300 and realized that the D300 has a AF-ON button on the rear of body. That button's feature do the same as half-pressing shutter button, which ...
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When do you not want to use continuous autofocus (C-AF)?

This Nikon promotion website sums up when to use single autofocus and when to use continuous autofocus. (http://imaging.nikon.com/history/basics/16/03.htm) So, basically if you want to ...
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Tricking compact's camera autofocus

I'm trying to get some bokeh using a compact (almost premium) camera, a Nikon Coolpix p300 (although the question is general). Since the camera hasn't got a manual focus option, I'm trying to use the ...
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Has D600 AF fine tune option? Can I fix backfocus of my lens on D600?

I know that the D800 has an option to tune AF. Does the D600 have this option, and does it work as well as it works on the D800? Can I fix a back-focus issue with my lens on a D600 without sending it ...
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How does aperture/DOF affect continuous autofocus?

When the autofocus system is deciding to adjust the focus, say in a situation of the subject getting closer to or farther from the lens, does it take into consideration the current depth of field, ...
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Superzoom unable to autofocus at infinity at mid-zoom focal lengths

I have an inexpensive "superzoom" camera that functions properly and fills my needs but has one problem I seem unable to resolve. It is a GE Power PRO X500 camera with which I have taken several ...
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Why won't Nikon V1 autofocus with a close up filter attached?

I have a Nikon V1 with a 10-30 mm lens and recently purchased a +10 filter for close up work, but the camera won't focus when i use the filter. Am I doing anything wrong or is this a limitation of the ...
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Are of cross-type focus points more accurate, or just faster?

Do cross type focus points achieve sharper photos than horizontal points or do they just grab focus faster.
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Why isn't my Canon 70D autofocus accurate in manual zone AF mode with a 50mm f/1.8 lens?

I recently purchased a Canon 70D for its dual pixel autofocusing system and ISO performance. I am in love with this feature rich-camera; however I found the camera's autofocus fails to function ...
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How to take clear photographs with DSLR

I just bought a Nikon D5200 with the 18-105mm lens and I have taken this flamingo photograph but can't see their faces properly and If I zoom in a little bit the image is pixelated. I have tried ...
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What are the differences between AF/metering chips for M42 lens Canon DSLR adapter?

I'm looking for an adapter to use an M42 lens on a Canon DSLR. I was wondering if anyone knows the difference between the following types of chips : 2nd generation AF 3rd generation AF EMF AF ...
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Using old, manual focus lenses with a new Pentax DSLR

I have an old Pentax ME SUPER with three lenses, all of which have manual focus rings and no autofocus motors. Do new Pentax DSLRs have built-in focus motors that can deal with old lenses? FYI, ...
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How does autofocus point selection relate to manual focus?

Every lens I have comes with an auto-focus / manual focus switch. How should it be used if I am shooting on AV mode? If I were to select one of the focus points, do I need to have the lens on ...
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A recently acquired lens will focus automatically, but won't manually, why?

I have recently acquired a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (Canon mount, relatively old), and it focuses perfectly in auto mode, but in manual mode the focus ring simply won't budge at all. What could be causing ...
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Canon camera DIY repair

I have a digital rebel XT, an 18-55mm, and 75-300mm lens, all by Canon. Everything has saltwater damage. I'm aware that it's cheaper to just replace it all, but I was fiddling around with it, testing ...
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What Ever Happened to Hologram AF?

I'm currently using it in my Sony DSC-F828 and I think works very well especially in low light condition. I've read a lot of hypothesis about it but anyone know for sure why modern cameras don't use ...
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens will not autofocus

I have a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens that I purchased in Feb of 2013. I have been using this lens with my Nikon D3200. Up until this point my lens and camera have been completely ...
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What is broken on my Canon 450D? Edit: Missing focusing screen and submirror: fixable?

I recently aquired a used Canon 450D, which the previous owner said was broken. I'm new to photography and SLRs so please excuse some of the ignorance following. After digging a bit around the last ...
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Quiet video autofocus on a consumer level SLR? [closed]

I bought a Canon Rebel T3 a while back before doing my homework on the features. The video quality looks very good to me. However, I have to hold down the shutter button to keep focus. The auto-focus ...
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Halos on images taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS35 [closed]

Every image I take with my DMC-FS35 shows a halo around the subject. (See below) This is true in all light conditions with or without flash. INSERT IMAGE HERE
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Will the Canon 5D MK II with 100-400 1:4.5-5.6 work properly with Kenko 1.4 converter?

I'm using 5D MKII body and 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 lens. I want to use a 1.4 converter; will the Kenko converter work and autofocus properly?
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If the focal plane is curved, should the outer AF points work correctly or front-focus?

Many (all?) lenses have a (slightly) curved focal plane. In general it's close enough to flat that you don't really notice it, but under certain conditions it may become apparent. As I understand it ...
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How can I make my Coolpix focus after I'm in place for a time-delayed self portrait?

I have a Nikon Coolpix S9100 camera I am trying to take few self-portraits by setting the self-timer and then going in front of the camera, however all the pictures come out very blurry. I am aware ...
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Why is the AF confirmation chip needed?

I've read that adapter rings for manual lenses in Canon and Nikon might incorporate an Autofocus Confirmation chip... With my old Pentax K10D all manual Pentax-K lenses had AF confirmation, and they ...
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What is a Dual pixel autofocus?

I have seen the term "Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus" used by Canon (specifically in relation to the 70D). What is it? Is this Canon specific technology? Are there equivalents in other manufacturer's ...
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Finding the distance of object from camera to the point of autofocus

Is it possible to find the distance to which the camera is auto focussing ? Camera auto focuses itself to view a particular plane in the real world in front of it. Is it possible to estimate the ...
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How to achieve auto focusing with a non-TTL flash (YN-560 II) in low light situation?

I recently bought a new YN-560 II hotshoe flash but found that it has neither TTL nor assist beam for focusing in low light situations. The problem now is that I'm starting my career as a night ...
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In which situtations are cross-type autofocus points better?

I understand that the difference between "regular" autofocus points and cross-type ones is that the latter consist of two diagonal "regular" ones. I also understand that this is better. But what are ...
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Canon 70-200mm F4 L USM IS Focus Issues Photo All Soft?

Focus Issues Bought myself a used Canon 70-200mm F4 L USM IS Lens but as yet I've not achieved a single Sharp image list of various settings tried attempts so far and still no joy very frustrating. I ...
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What happens to a lens when you turn the focus ring during AF mode?

What happens to a lens when you turn the focus ring during AF mode? I have read that this causes damage, or can cause damage. But what is actually happening? I've done this recently with my Canon EF ...
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How to correctly focus on the background person in a shot?

I tried to take some portraits of my sister-in and her fiance earlier in a sunny, green park. I took a few pictures where the fiance is closest to me but turning to look at his wife-to-be who is ...
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At which lux level do the Nikon 1 cameras switch from PDAF to contrast-detection?

The Nikon 1 cameras are famous for being able to track focus with their on sensor PDAF. But the story goes that if light is low, it will switch to contrast-detect only and will not track focus as ...
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Understanding Auto focus capability with examples

There are lot of explanations/comparisons of auto focus capability of different cameras available. Canon 5D Mark III has been termed as a superior camera for this feature in the semi-pro range. In ...
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What does infinity focus mean and when should I use it?

All my lens have focus ring where at the end there's an infinity symbol. What does that mean? If I'm taking landscape shot and what everything from near to far to be in focus, do I use infinity? Or am ...
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What might be causing my AF system to misfocus?

I have a Canon Rebel T1i with the default Canon lens. When I shoot with it, I use Auto Focus and get the red dot indicators in the viewfinder as expected. But even though it looks like the camera is ...
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Circular Polarization and Passive autofocus [duplicate]

Couple of weeks ago, I was assigned a homework in one of my Applied Physics master's course. My professor asked to explain why passive autofocus works only with circular polarizers. I am not a very ...
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How does contrast detection autofocus choose its targets?

If I understand correctly the difference between CDAF and PDAF, CDAF basically does not have knowledge of distance while PDAF does. CDAF simply maximizes contrast. So if that is the case how does it ...
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Why aren't lenses designed with extra large apertures for autofocus beyond what's used for imaging?

Historically, designing large-aperture lenses has been difficult because correcting the optical aberrations that arise from large apertures requires complex designs and very large amounts of glass. ...
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Why is on sensor PDAF drastically slower than traditional PDAF?

Why is on sensor PDAF drastically slower than traditional PDAF? I assume the technology is the same, doesn't matter if the module is on the sensor or located behind a mirror. But the performance is ...
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Does using multiple batteries (via grip) improve AF speed?

I want to say I read somewhere that, particularly with heavier lenses (such as the 70-200 F/2.8), having two batteries in the portrait grip would provide extra juice to the AF motor and help it ...
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Is focus hunting “normal behavior” for the Sony SEL18200SE?

I recently bought an NEX-6, the 24mm F1.8 (SEL24F18Z) lens, and the black 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 (SEL18200LE) lens. I love the 24mm lens, but I'm having a what I believe one would call a "focus hunting" ...
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What can I do when autofocus suddenly starts blocking at around 2m on a Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8 D?

I had this lens for quite a few years now, it used to work as expected. I didn't use my stuff for a few months, maybe 6-8 months. I just bought a D600 and tried to use them. The AF does not work as it ...
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How to troubleshoot a Nikon D5100 that will not autofocus at all?

A good friend of mine has a d5100, which was working perfectly fine yesterday. Today, however, it refuses to autofocus at all - it makes no effort to move the focusing ring etc. I have tried ...
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What settings affect how the focus points are displayed for my 7D?

My Canon 7d is about 2 months old. I used it for a shoot in DC, and it just isn't behaving as expected. When I try to focus, I get little black boxes in the focus frame. They used to be black, with ...
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Why isn't the focus indicator light showing when focused on my Canon 5D Mark III?

I've been working with two different Canon EOS 5D mark III cameras, and had the same problem with both. When auto-focusing I have two kind of indicators when the image is focused on a certain point. ...
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Missing focus with Canon 50mm 1.8 lens - is it the lens or me?

I purchased a Canon EOS 650D and EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Unfortunately, the auto-focus seems to miss focus at f/1.8. I've tried setting it to single-point auto-focus: it is better, but still not good ...
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Do I use the camera or lens switch to change between auto and manual focus?

I own Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. I am bit confused how the auto focus and manual focus switching works, particularly with my gear. The confusing part is both the camera and lens have an A-M ...
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Nikon D5100 intermittent focusing problem

I'm having this intermittent problem that the camera does not want to focus in auto-focus. When this happens I try to switch to manual on the lens, (both 300mm, and 55mm) but the toggle button will ...
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What is the effect of the number of cross-type focus points on sharp focus?

Canon claims that EOS 6D has special capability to focus in low light, but it has only one cross-type sensor and overall only 11 focus points. Does only one cross-type focus point in the Canon EOS 6D ...