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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 advanced is phase detect AF for bird photography compared to contrast detect AF?

My first and only camera is a panasonic Lumix G5 with a panasonic 45-200mm. I wanted to have a first hand experience and decide if I want to switch to aps-c dslrs, but I never had an opportunity to ...
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How does the eye-controlled focussing of the Canon EOS 5 work?

I just read that the Canon EOS 5 had eye-controlled focussing. How does this work? In this short article I found that it had to do with the coupling of infrared eye-tracking and the AF-point choice, ...
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I've dropped my 6d from about 4 feet up. how do I verify I didn't mess up something?

I was sitting at a wedding and talking to a friend animatedly. The camera flew out of my hand and landed lens first and then fell on it's body. My concern is that I messed up the AF or the IS. How ...
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How does auto focus tracking work in DSLRs

I thought auto focus tracking comes from the computation of image on the image sensor when I was using GF1, a MILC. The auto focus tracking was good. However when I use canon 6D, a DSLR the auto focus ...
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Blurry Pictures. Lighting fine.

I recently shot some family pictures for a friend's family event (thank god I didn't get paid for this job). The location was problematic with the light - very strong late afternoon light and I don't ...
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What is the best camera for concert photography? [closed]

I am interested in camera recommendations with a fast shutter and which are able to focus well in low light. The camera will be used for indoor concert photography where no flash is allowed.
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Focus in night photography

Another question related to the Olympus OMD EM5. I bought this camera to replace my Nikon D90 and I'm very satisfied with it. However, I find very hard to do the focus at night. With the Nikon D90, ...
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Why are my photos taken with the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 coming out blurred?

I'm new to photography, and I don't know why the pictures I'm taking are coming out blurred. Here's a sample image, taken with the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 on my Nikon D5200 at 18mm, 1/60s, f/2.8 and ISO ...
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How to shoot moving subject with Panasonic FZ 70/72

I would like to know if I act right. Scenario: moving subject (animal, airplane or sport scene). I get my bridge camera, a Panasonic FZ 70/72. I focus (with autofocus) the subject pressing half ...
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Which image processing algorithm does the contrast auto focus use to check the sharpens?

My read is that the contrast auto focus is using edge detection algorithms like laplace or sobel.
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What to do when autofocus on Canon 85mm f/1.8 not working?

My Canon 85mm's AF isn't working. But here's the thing, it recognizes there's a lens mounted, it gives focus confirmation, and I can even set the aperture, but it does NOT recognize that it's an AF ...
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What would cause an AF confirmation light to go on and off as I approach correct focus?

I'm using two cameras: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi) and Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi). 450D was more heavily used than 400D. Not so long ago I noticed that 450D's autofocus system works not ...
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If I'm using only one focus point, am I doing it wrong?

Unless I have to shot a person or an object which moves, I set my camera to use only one focus point at the middle. It feels just more natural and so easy: when I need to focus on something which is ...
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What technical reasons prevent Canon's new hybrid AF working with non-STM lenses?

Canon's new Rebel T4i (a.k.a. EOS 650D) has a new "hybrid AF" mode, which allows continuous AF during video, but only when used with one of the new STM lenses. I've seen chatter on the web forums ...
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What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus?

I have a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX I bought for my Nikon D5100, it's only a couple months old, never been dropped or anything, and it all of a sudden won't auto focus. Anyone know if this is a simple ...
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Wireless Shutter Release Remote does autofocus before taking the snap?

I have Nikon D3000 and a wireless remote for it. I'm not sure about this thing: Suppose, I am keeping the camera on tripod where some birds will come. Then, I am setting my required zoom and other ...
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DSLR body without auto focus + auto focus macro extension tube set + lens without having auto focus motor but focusing screw = auto focus?

I've Nikon D3000. It died not have auto focus motor boot in its body. I've a lens having no auto focus motor within it. I saw some auto focus macro lens extension tube. Does that have autofocus motor ...
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How to focus manually with a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, for which I just bought a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens. This is a CPU lens and works very nicely in auto-mode, i.e. when you let the camera set the focus. ...
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How to take a photo of defects on a mirror?

Taking a picture of a reflected image of object is depicted in this image. Camera focus is on the image of a piece of paper. Besides the depth of field (cheap Panasonic DMC-FX8 in makro mode, ...
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Does a Canon STM lens autofocus more quickly and accurately on a high-end camera body?

There are incredible reviews on the new Canon STM lenses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho0hOhRSuHk Does autofocus perform better on a 7D body, compared to an entry-level 700D body, for example? ...
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How can I focus in very low light with my Canon 60D?

I'm using a Canon 60D and would like to focus in low light. I know Canons — in fact, all cameras — can struggle here with auto focus, but I'm talking about light so low that I wouldn't be able to see ...
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What does it mean for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0 at f/2.8?

I know what it means for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0. As the answer to this question says, EV0 is the light level to achieve correct exposure with 1 second of exposure at F1 and ISO 100. ...
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What can I do if autofocus does not work but manual focus does?

Recently, the autofocus on my Nikon D3100 stopped working. The ring of the lens wouldn't even turn when I tried to focus. However, when switched to manual focus, the camera works fine. When I used a ...
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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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What does the AE lock button do that half-pressing the shutter doesn't?

The Sony A6000 has an AEL button, while Nikon SLRs have an AE/AF lock button. What do these do that half-pressing the shutter to lock focus and exposure, and then recomposing, doesn't? I'm used to the ...
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Nikon D5100 Focusing Issue

The issue I have had is where the camera tries to focus and cannot focus. It just zooms in and out constantly and no matter what I do it will not focus and fire. The only way I have found around this ...
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How can I confirm focus with a Nikkor 70-300 lens on a D3000?

Good day! I would like to have some suggestion from experienced photographers about following matter: I have a Nikon D3000 Camera. I bought a Nikkor Lens 70-300mm having not motor inside and unable ...
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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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Nikon Lens Won't Autofocus [duplicate]

My Nikon Lens will manually focus but not auto focus. I have tried another lens on my camera body without issues and I have put this lens on another body and it will not auto focus there either. I ...
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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 ...