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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Can I filter by autofocus in Lightroom?

Does Lightroom let me filter photos by whether they were manually focused? Or is this information not even stored in the ARW metadata? (I'm assuming they were not lost during DNG conversion in ...
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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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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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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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What is the advantage of the huge number of AF points?

If the camera has only 1 central AF point, it is difficult to focus on an off-center subject (without recomposing after autofocus) so having 3 AF points seems really useful. Similarly I understand the ...
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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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Enable Auto focus after timer on Nikon D800?

I'll start with an apology if everyone knows this but me. I bought a Nikon D800 about a month ago (adore), but the wireless remote I used for the D7000 is not compatible. No worries, I'll just ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it normal for autofocus to struggle when using a variable ND Filter?

I recently bought a Marumi variable ND filter and I've been testing it on my 24 - 105mm F4 and 70 - 200mm F2.8 Canon lenses. It seems that my lenses have a hard time focusing when the ND filter is ...
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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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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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Is focusing problems on Sigma lenses still a problem on a Canon body?

I am considering purchasing the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Lens. The problem is that many reviews point out that the lens has front focus problems, at least on a Canon mount. But those ...
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Canon 5D - Focus viewfinder indicators in Manual focus mode

On a Canon 5D MkIII, is there anyway to see the autofocus lock boxes on screen while manually focusing (showing the areas the camera detects as in focus)? This might just be an insane product of my ...
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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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Which offers better results: FoCal or LensAlign Pro?

I am in need of microadjusting my autofocus for a couple of my lenses with my Canon 7D. Namely, I need to adjust the 100-400 L lens, which seems to consistently AF a bit softer than I've seen from ...
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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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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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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 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 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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What is the best auto-focus mode to use for bird photography?

Consider the image below: How would the shot be focused here? Using Auto-focus or manual? If there was a cluttered background, will auto focus detect the small bird and sharply focus on it?If manual ...
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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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Why does my lens refocus when the f-stop is changed?

I have a prime Sigma f1.4 50mm lens on my Nikon D90 in P mode and focus mode on a set point of the field and notice that when I am using a tripod and change the f-stop that the camera changes the ...
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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 eye-controlled focus is gone?

I tried to google, but only semi-decent answer was that ECF didn't work for some and was a nightmare for support group. But are there any reasons modern Canons (or other major camera-makers) lack eye-...
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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 ...
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Does half pressing a RS-80N3 trigger autofocus if back-button AF is enabled?

I'm looking to invest in a remote trigger say the RS-80N3 or alike for my Canon DSLRs. I'm using them all with back-button AF enabled (and half press shutter autofocus disabled) and I wonder if half ...
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How to overcome auto-focusing problem in event photography?

The biggest issue for event photography I have noticed is camera not getting auto-focus at correct time. The moment you have to capture the camera is still focusing. If it would be landscape ...
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Why do phase-detection focusing sensors not like linearly polarized light?

I learned that polarizers did not work with autofocus and we had to get new "CPL" filters, 27 years ago. I even understand how they work and the nature of the light produced, which was a lot more ...