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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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Autofocusing multi v single point at a party [duplicate]

Context I've shot at a party at night recently. I've used mainly multi point (continuous) tracking as it makes more sense, as random events may come and go. Question My friend suggests that I ...
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Is autofocus important for ultra wide angle lenses?

I want to know if autofocus is important for ultra wide angle lenses, for casual users. I mean, users like my mom. I don't mind about manual focusing, but I suspect that wide angle lenses will focus ...
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Why doesn't my “Nikkor AF” lens autofocus on my Nikon D3300?

I recently got a new lens for my Nikon D3300. I now have 3 lenses; the other two that I have came with the camera and work great but when I put my new lens on, it will only manually focus. If I go to ...
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Autofocus with canon EOS 1200d [duplicate]

Can my EOS 1200d autofocus with1.4x canon teleconverter and canon 300 mm f4 lens. What will be my maximum aperture using both of these.
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Good Photographs with Moto G2 Camera [closed]

I have got a MOTO G2 Mobile with 8MP front camera, usually i get best shot from my phone but is there any way so that i can capture best pictures with a mobile camera everytime?
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Using one focus point in autofocus mode - interval timer shooting - NIkon d7000

I was working on some selfportraits using interval timer shooting and I found that the camera focuses one of 3-4 shots on the subject. Obviously, it recognizes the face but most of the times, it has ...
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How can I turn off auto focus when using the remote with my Nikon D7000?

I have a remote with my D7000 and it's hugely frustrating that it auto focuses when using the remote. The whole reason I want it is for speed and to not move the tripod. I have looked through the ...
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Why isn't infrared AF assist beam the default when available (instead of irritating strobing)?

I have an entry level Canon camera with a built-in flash. When I try to photograph people at night the camera fires some pre-flashes to help with focus. While I do understand its necessity, some of ...
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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?

When I take a portrait with settings which result in a DOF shallow enough that the subjects' movements risk missing focus on the eyes, should I use continuous AF mode - is the continuous AF fast ...
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Canon 1100D auto focus issues

I'm having a rather odd issue with my Canon 1100D, whenever looking through the viewfinder to take pictures the auto focus will not work. I am unable to release the shutter, the same goes for manual ...
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Nikon D750 + Nikkor 18-35mm - How to enable full autofocus?

I recently got this powerful duet (before I had Pentax K-r), sadly I can call myself a total beginner even I used dslr previously... as I used it with auto mode. However I am learning slowly now, but ...
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What is the 4D autofocus and how is it different from the continuous servo in Nikon?

I just saw a new auto focus term 4D focus introduced by Sony in one of their cameras. How is it different from the continuous servo in Nikon ? Are both the same ? or totally different ? And what ...
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How can I make the 580EX II “probe flash” on a 7D MkII?

I've bought the 580 EX flash used, it's my first external flash. And I'm playing around with it to get some experience. One of the problems I've noticed in very dark environments is that the autofocus ...
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Why does AF mode go back and forth and not find focus while MF works perfectly? [duplicate]

It's the same with the Olympus 14-42 lens and with the Panasonic 45-150 - my Olympus E-PL3 rarely works correctly in AF mode; 90% of the time the focus goes back and forth before being secured in a ...
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Simply bad focus or too big aperture?

I have made a mistake with this image: ISO 400 | 1/1700s | f/2 I used manual Aperture mode and set it to F/2 (now I believe this is too much). Kids were one meter away. It was light cloudy morning....
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What is “hybrid AF”, and how does it compare to other autofocus technologies?

I've heard of some new cameras — particularly mirrorless cameras — with a feature called "hybrid autofocus". What does this mean, and how does it relate to the traditional approaches of contrast and ...
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Does having an autofocus motor in body vs lens affect image stabilization or image quality? [duplicate]

In terms of image quality and image stabilization, what difference does it make to have an autofocus motor in-body vs.in-lenses ? The question How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for ...
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Does the Sigma 70-300 AF-D lens have an autofocus motor?

If I buy an AF-D lens, the Sigma 70-300mm for Nikon D3200, from Amazon, will it have an autofocus motor? There's a listing with "Built in Motor for Nikon". What does this mean?
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Canon 6D Auto Focus Erratic Behavior

I have a 2 year old Canon 6D which I use primarily for landscape photography and taking shots of my grandkids. It exhibits a strange behavior at times when I lift it to my eye to compose a shot. ...
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How can AF adjustment be inconsistent across lenses?

How is it that sometimes a lens will work fine on a camera body without adjustment yet others need some AF micro adjustment tweaking. I would imagine that the accuracy of the AF system with regards to ...
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What is the Autofocus type in Nikon D3300?

What is the autofocus type in Nikon D3300, Is it phase detection or contrast detection ? Or both ? If both then when is phase detection used and when is contrast detection used ? I was looking in the ...
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Does autofocus feature work on Nikon D5500 using the Tamron AF 70-300 F4-5.6 DI LD macro for Nikon?

I wanted to know if autofocus mode works on Nikon D5500 whilst using the Tamron AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 DI LD macro lens for Nikon?
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How can I more consistently focus on the point I want?

I've had so many wonderfully composed images turn out lousy because my AF isn't as accurate as I'd like (or I don't know how to wield it). Despite using single-point AF, my focus point is often ...
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Is it possible to autofocus a Sigma 150-600mm when using a teleconverter? [duplicate]

I'm the owner of a Canon 70D with Sigma 150-600mm lens. I'm attempting to use this with the Sigma's TC-1401 teleconverter. However, I'm not able to use autofocus via the viewfinder, but only in live ...
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Using manual focus ring on AF lens

Help... I have a Nikon D800E with a 70-200mm F2.8 My question is this, if I have both my camera and lens set on AF ,why do I still have to use manual focus ring to get clear focus on my subject???
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What is the worst-case scenario if you move the focus ring in AF mode? [duplicate]

I have a EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 III, and want to know what is the worst-case scenario if you move the focus ring in AF mode?
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Does rotating the focus ring in AF mode cause any harm?

If I rotate focus ring in AF mode, does this hurt the camera or lens? My friend today rotated the ring 1/2 times before I saw him on Autofocus on my Canon 600d with lens: EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 III. ...
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Canon 600D autofocus not working when using view finder but working fine with live view

My 600D's autofocus is not working at all when using view finder, when using it in live view mode the autofocus works just fine. I tried to google but could not find any concrete. Any advises? ...
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Why do phone cameras focus and defocus deliberately while clicking a macro shot?

I've tried this with many phone cameras and almost all of them focused well for macros but only for a moment before they defocus to focus something further behind. If the camera can focus on objects ...
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Best AF Fine tuning for Nikon D7000 lenses [duplicate]

Over the last few months I've been noticing an annoying back - focus problem on my Nikon D7000, regardless if I was using a AF-S or AF lens. But the problem seems to happen more often on my 35mm 1.8G ...
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What should I do if my Canon 24-105 f4 L is making focus-seeking noises but not focusing?

I have a Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens. Just today, it started having focusing problems. The problem does not manifest if the focus is easy: bright light and centre focus point is on a good contrasty ...
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How do I prevent my camera/lens from focusing on only a subject? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 70D and am using a 50mm lens. I want to prevent it from focusing on a subject all the time. Instead, I want everything to be in focus like you get with a kit lens (18-135 etc.). I have ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

I have to do a portrait shoot for a friend. My camera (Pentax K-30) allows me to focus in the following modes: 1 focus point (center) 11 auto focus points 5 auto focus points I haven't yet ...
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Can I achieve infinity focus from Auto focus? [duplicate]

I have a 18-55mm zoom lens with no Infinity symbol on it. Let's assume I want to capture stars in night. There are three ways to do it (If I am not wrong) Use Auto focus (If your camera is able to ...
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Why are photos taken with my old lenses all out of focus on my new Nikon D5300 body?

My Nikon D80 died, and I was bought a new D5300, body only. All the photographs are out of focus when I use the lenses I used with my D80. Why would this be? I'm using the Sigma 18-50 f/3.5-5.6 DC, ...
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How do I tell my T2i to use a particular spot for AF reference?

I just got a 50mm f/1.2 to go along with my T2i, but many of my photos are out of focus because the AF catches my subject's knee instead of her eyes, despite focusing on her eyes and recomposing. ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of the ...
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Autofocus not working outside scene modes

I've just got my first DSLR (an old Canon 1000D) and I'm having problems with autofocus: When I'm in full auto or any scene mode (sport, portrait...) it works fine and I can make photos normally, but ...
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What technique can I use to focus on walking subject when in motion?

I have seen some photographers take photos while they are walking in a hallway or on street, etc.. where the setup is the person is walking towards the photographer, the photographer is backing ...
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Why did my Canon 1000D stop working in full auto mode, when it still works in P, Av, etc.?

It's my 7th day with my second hand Canon 1000D. But now, it's stopped capturing pictures in full auto, portrait, close-up, landscape, night portrait, sports, and flash off modes when used in ...
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Where can I find information on the Pentax Q lenses serial protocol?

I'm searching for detailed information on the Pentax Q lenses (any, but I'm especially interested in the 5-15mm-lens) serial protocol, which controls focus/zoom/aperture. So far I have found nothing ...
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Why is my camera focusing fine in liveview but getting it wrong with the viewfinder?

When I first got my Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 it would not focus through the viewfinder. It will always miss (95% of times). Yet it worked fine in liveview. And now, recently, I started noticing the same ...
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Why is my Fuji X camera stuck in manual focus?

I have a Fujifilm X series camera with one of the nice prime lenses, and it seems to be stuck in manual focus mode. The switch on the camera is on S, and I flipped it back and forth several times, but ...
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Where is the AF-MF switch on a Tamron 70-300mm tele macro lens?

I am beginner. Recently bought a second hand Tamron 70-300mm tele-macro lens (model 572D) for nikon d5200. Its manual says it has AF-MF switch, but there is no switch I can see on it except normal/...
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Will more autofocus points improve hit rate for focus on the target I want?

I got a Canon 70D a couple weeks ago from Amazon. As explained here and many other places around the internet, its autofocus system doesn't work as one might think it does. The focus "point" actually ...
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Can I make my Canon 70D focus continously when viewing through the viewfinder?

I'm a newbie in photography, so don't judge me too much, just got the canon 70d and I noticed that when viewing through view finder while in P mode the camera would not focus automatically (I would ...
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Why are some portion of my landscape shots totally out of focus?

When shooting landscapes, a single image (say 1 of 200) is totally out-of-focus. A typical setup might be: focal distance = 7.1 (x 3.9) f-number: 5 exposure time: 1/800 According to ...
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Why is the autofocus on the D5200 so slow and buggy

Why is the Nikon D5200 autofocus speed so slow. And why is it even slower in Live mode? I tested two different D5200 and both had a slow and laggy focus, even with stock lens. They are very slower ...
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AF-S vs STM focus noise and speed

I have an 18-55 IS STM and it focuses instantly almost and without even a single noise. Should I be concerned if a nikon 24-70 f2.8 (brand new) makes noise when focusing? Also, in bad light (night, ...
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Is the “One shot” mode more accurate than “AI servo” using back-button focus?

By using back-button focus you don't have to switch from "AI servo" when photographing stationary subjects. I tend to do this anyway since I have the feeling it's more accurate even when I can ...