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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 to tell whether a lens has an autofocus motor or not?

I have to buy a lens and I have a Nikon d7000. I want to know which lenses have AF motors and which do not, as the D7000 has an AF motor built into the body. How do I tell whether a lens has a motor ...
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Learning from one's blurred photos: where was the focus point set?

After some shooting, I inevitably find that some photos (and by Murphy, often the best ones) have a blurred subject. Even if the shots are spontaneous and hence the subject is hardly static, I ...
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Why is the main sensor not used instead of the separate AF sensor to focus a DSLR?

From this answer I understand that the reflex mirror of a DSLR is actually not reflecting all the light, but it passes a certain amount on to the AF sensor. So if the reflex mirror can pass light, ...
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Do separate autofocus motors exist for entry level Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D3200, which doesn't have an autofocus motor. Therefore, I'm mostly deterred by lenses that don't have focus motors in them. But the ones that do have it are much more expensive. Take ...
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How do I make the focus point indicators stay long enough to select on the Canon 60D?

I have just switched from the Canon 500D to a 60D. Most of my work is property based, and this is therefore 90% internal flash shots where I often wish to pick out a particular spot for best focus. ...
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Autofocus icon is missing in Canon 650D, please help

Can anyone please help me in getting this icon back in my canon 650d
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Why are phase detect lenses adapted onto contrast detect bodies so much slower?

The Sony A7 is able to adapt almost any type of auto-focus lens (Canon/Nikon/etc) and use autofocusing, but the auto-focusing is much slower than the same focal lengths native for the A7. Why would ...
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Which one is better - more cross-type sensor or better sensitiveness of cross-type sensors?

What makes better sense for situations like: low light, sports/action, wild life? More cross-type sensor on AF (like Canon does) Or more sensitive cross-type sensors (like Nikon does)
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Will the Nikon D3100 autofocus with the 50mm f/1.8D lens?

I have the Nikon D3100 and was wondering if the autofocus on the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens would work with it. I've read that the AF is not compatible with the D5000, and that the AF is rather slow in ...
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Help is needed in Fixing Canon lenses USM's focus motor [duplicate]

I have the Canon EF lens, but the USM motor looks dead. I need help in order to get it fixed so I can use this lens again. Unfortunately a "focus by wire" system is used in this lens and I have no ...
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Why doesn't my Sigma lens autofocus if the subject is initially way out-of-focus?

I have a Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro lens mounted on my Canon 6D. Even if AF mode is set to minimum-to-infinity range, if my subject is way out of focus (too far or too near), like, say, ...
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Why don't cameras have autofocus points in the edges and corners?

On all the DSLRs I've used, there are never any autofocus points near the edges and corners. Why is that?
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Can a drop of a camera+lens cause AF calibration issues on either — or both — the lens and the body? What are the mechanics involved here?

My question is, if you drop a camera, and you think you might have an AF issue, what are the mechanics involved that might cause a mis-calibration? I can imagine that the lens has movable parts -- ...
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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 test the autofocus system before asking for support?

For outdoor usage I got an Olympus TG-2 compact camera. Various tests claimed autofocus: 'quick and mostly accurate' - at least I could not find any that described problems. Now, I know that I cannot ...
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canon 6d or 5d II for macro?

At the mo I have a 550d and a 60d. my lenses are 17-35 2,8L, 24-80 2,8L, 70-200 2,8L, 100-400 4,5-5,4L sigma 150 2,8 and looking for the canon 50 1,2. The obvious next step is a FF Body. My main ...
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Do focus area modes matter if shooting in manual focus?

It seems my camera lets me change the focus area modes (e.g wide, center or spot) even when I am shooting in manual focus so I am trying to understand if area modes matter even if the camera is in ...
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Nikon d7000 will not auto focus

Nikon D7000: When I press down on the shutter release my camera does not auto focus with any lens. I have checked and it's NOT on manual I have tried resetting my camera I want to shoot nightlife so ...
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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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Do mirrorless cameras focus less or more accurately than SLRs under low light?

How do the following compare in terms of autofocus accuracy for night photography: Mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX-5R, in hybrid autofocus mode. The NEX-5R, in contrast-only autofocus mode. A ...
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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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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...
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What can I do about Pentax superzoom 18-270 autofocus problems?

I use a Pentax K200 and have been satisfied with the original Pentax 18-250 superzoom, for travelling, outdoors, family types of use. However the autofocus gradually failed, the motor going to and fro ...
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Are extra auto focus points expensive for the manufacturer?

Having a lot of auto focus points is a feature associated with expensive camera bodies. There are of course different types of points like crosstypes and also different sensitivities, but lets ...
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What is the purpose of Quick Mode focusing in live view?

What is the purpose of Quick Mode (found on some Canon DSLRs) focusing in live view? To me it seems like a bad blend between live view and viewfinder mode that really doesn't cut it. Of course it's a ...
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How to get tack sharp portraits with shallow DOF when lacking an AF point where I want to focus?

What is the best way to get tack sharp portraits with shallow depth of field when lacking an auto focus point where I want to focus. I don't want to crop and "focus and recompose" is not an option ...
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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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How AF works with lenses f/2.8 vs f/4

I read following in a web site (http://realphototips.wordpress.com/tag/ai-servo/) Lenses with maximum apertures of f2.8 allow the camera to use all high precision sensors. In low light or other ...
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Should I always use point-autofocus and spot metering while shooting a small restless bird in a bush?

I am a beginner and I am finding more and more images to be out of focus or grainy when viewed on a computer screen, compared to the camera LCD. Could anyone give a step by step listing of the ...
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Nikon 300mm autofocus makes noise and stops working temporarily

I have a Nikon D5100 and a used Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/2.8D IF-ED II, where the two usually work great together. However, if I use autofocus a few times in a row (usually when the change in focus ...
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Which lenses typically don't focus properly on the Canon 60D?

I currently have the 18-200mm kit lens for my canon 60D. I am thinking of getting the 10-22mm wide angle lens as a second lens. So far with my kit lens I havent experienced any focusing problems or ...
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Why am I getting poor AF results with my Pentax K10D?

I've been using Pentax K10D for a while and I'm a bit frustrated with performance of auto focus on that camera. Very often the images are not sharp enough despite taken in with decent lens (e.g. ...
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Why is micro 4/3 autofocus so much faster than DSLR live mode focus? [duplicate]

Both a DSLR in live view mode and a micro 4/3 system camera use the main sensor for autofocus. However, on a DSLR it's embarrassingly slow. This can't just be a software thing. How is it that one is ...
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Why isn't the gain on phase-detect autofocus sensors increased in low light?

Modern phase-detect sensors can focus in pretty low light. However, the limit for low light focusing tends to be reached much before the camera can no longer capture images using a high imaging sensor ...
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What does AF -0.5 EV sensitivity mean? Or -3EV in Canon 6D's case? [duplicate]

I know that it stands for Exposure Value, so my 6D focuses in 2.5EV worse light than a 600D. But it's relative to... what? What makes it meaningful? What's the "base unit" for AF sensitivity?
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What is the practical difference between phase-detect and contrast-based autofocus?

What are the main differences in field use between phase detect AF and contrast based AF? I understand the technical differences, but I am not sure what the implications from a photographer ...
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What's the difference between cross-type autofocus points and regular ones?

What's the difference between different autofocus point types (cross vs point and such)? Cross points seem to be a "feature" — why?
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Where is Canon 1100D autofocussing in low light low contrast conditions?

It's obviously my fault for living in the UK and expecting to want to enjoy my bird photography in grey January afternoons, but, I would appreciate some opinions on the following. I took 150 shots ...
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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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What causes auto-focus “freezing”?

On occasion, the auto-focus system in my camera and/or lens just stops working. I'll be holding down the shutter release halfway and tracking a subject and I can feel/hear the auto-focus system ...
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Why are OVF and Liveview focus dots in different locations in my Nikon D800?

I put my camera (D800) on a tripod to check for any focusing issues ,and if I switch from OVF to Liveview the focus dot is in a different location.I tried two different lenses and they both give the ...
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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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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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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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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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What does STM mean on a Canon lens?

The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 has a designation of STM on the lens. What does this mean? What are the advantages of having it and does it replace an older technology? We have a terminology thread that ...
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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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How do I fix a lens with a problem returning to autofocus mode?

I bought a Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM lens for my Canon 350D. It works mostly fine, except after switching from AF to MF, I can't return to AF mode. After I switch MF->AF, the lens doesn't ...
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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 ...