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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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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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Sigma 70-200mm vs. Nikon 80-200mm auto-focus speed

I'm considering the newest Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM II and comparing it against the older (but still for sale) Nikon AF 80-200mm F2.8 D ED. These are roughly in the same price class, ...
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What does the mirror do when shooting in Nikon Live View tripod mode?

When shooting with Nikon's Live View in tripod mode, the camera uses contrast detection to focus. It does this by using the sensor, which it would seem would raise the mirror similar to mirror lock ...
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How to Turn Off Custom Functions in Canon Film SLRs

So I adjusted the Custom Function settings in the dial, and then I noticed that my Autofocus is now controlled by the CF button. I am using a Canon EOS 50, a 1995 film camera (not 50D). How do I turn ...
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What is an auto-focus motor?

I recently bought a Canon 550D, and I read it has an auto-focus motor, which not all cameras possess. I'd like to know what it is, and what I can do to keep it running smoothly; AFAIK the manual ...
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Why does my Nikon D90 autofocus not work in rapid succession?

When photographing candid shots of my children at play with a Nikon D90, I have trouble with the autofocus system. I focus and shoot one shot, great. But a second later another shot opportunity ...
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What is the best camera for concert photography?

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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Do point and shoot cameras have a metering sensor?

I have a Pentax point and shot camera and I tried to convert it to Infrared. I was successful to remove the front IR filter from CCD and then I had a 760 nm IR filter to kick start with the infrared ...
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Why does Nikon warn about banding at high ISOs when using autofocus on Nikon D4 or D800?

Nikon says that banding may occur at high ISO sensitivities with autofocus on the D4 or D800: D800 Noise in the form of horizontal lines may appear in pictures taken with AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-85 ...
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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 ...
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How do I keep my Nikon D5100 from attempting to autofocus with every shutter press?

I have a Nikon D5100 and the auto focus works fairly well most of the time. But there are times when I have a subject in focus and want to fire off multiple shots fairly quickly. I do not need to ...
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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 is the “AF Stop” button on some Canon lenses?

When looking at custom functions in Canon camera manuals, I've come across mention of setting functionality to have happen when the "AF Stop" button is pressed - a button that, apparently, exists on ...
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Does having the AF points bunched up in the middle make a big difference?

I was looking into the new Nikon D600, which looks like a pretty compelling camera. I however noticed that its 39 AF points though quite a lot are all bunched up in the middle. I am used to having AF ...
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Control and option comparison between the Nikon D7000 and the D300s?

I'm looking to purchase a new camera for both photoshoots and videos. I know all the technical differences like resolution, speed,...and all that. But I went to a shop where the sales lady told me ...
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AF-D vs AF-G: is the aperture ring necessary?

I just purchased a Nikon D7000 with an 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 AF-S lens. I'm also looking at purchasing a lens around the 200-300mm focal length range, and I found the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF lens. As far as I ...
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AF switch on lens vs. AF switch on camera

Is there any difference between using only the AF/MF switch on my camera (Nikon D90) or using the AF/MF switch on my lens (18-105mm)? Could having autofocus on my camera switched to manual focus ...
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EOS Rebel T3i 18-55mm lens won't take a picture - happened with two lenses

I'm a reporter for a small town paper - Early in 2012 we had a body of a T3i go bad and it was replaced new body and we used the old 18-55mm lens. It worked fine for 7-8 months. I do a lot of sports ...
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What autofocus zone selection mode should I use for action/event shooting?

I have a Canon 7D, and typically shoot everything I do in its single-point autofocus zone select mode, because I usually want fine control over exactly what the camera is focusing on and I often find ...
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Can I control if the in-body AF motor is used instead of the lens AF motor on my Nikon?

I have Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm. I know that the camera body has the AF motor and the lens itself has the AF motor too. I was wondering can I control which AF motor should be used while autofocusing. ...
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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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How much did the v2.0 firmware update improve the Fujifilm X-1 Pro's autofocus?

I really liked the Fujifilm X-1 Pro when I tried it for a couple of weeks — enough that it made me think seriously about switching from my much-loved DSLR about five years earlier than I thought the ...
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When is it really necessary to use AF assist light?

I find the AF assist light to be distracting at times when I'm trying to take a candid shot without disturbing the human subjects or taking pictures of pets (they hate getting the AF light in their ...
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What's a Typical “In-Focus” Rate for Portraits with an 85mm?

I have a lot of experience doing travel, landscape, product, ... in short, things that don't move much. Models? Not so much. I have a beautiful 85mm portrait lens for my Canon 1Ds Mk III DSLR, and at ...
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Force AF assist light on body / flash to come on with Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D-40 and D-90 with a wide assortment of prime lenses. I like fast primes for low light photography. Some of my lenses are sufficiently old that they do not auto focus at all. Others ...
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Could autofocus of the Canon t4i be improved with a firmware update?

I am trying to decide between the Canon t4i (650D) and the t3i (600D). Initially I was going for the t4i because of the autofocus. But the sample videos I have seen did not really impress me. Can I ...
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What factors influence whether a lens and camera combination front or back focus?

I know that sometimes a lens/body combo needs to be micro-adjusted to attain ideal focusing behavior, and that this is usually because of sample variation, but which parts of the lens and/or body are ...
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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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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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Do all cameras with autofocus need motors?

Do all autofocus cameras need motors to drive the lens? I would have thought today's modern electronics rendered motors obsolete.
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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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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 the issues with sharpness I am seeing require AF fine-tuning?

I own a nikon D7000 with 18-105 lens. I am not happy with sharpness I get with autofocus in portraits. I read about front/back focusing, but I am not sure whether my gear has this issue. Is this issue ...
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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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Why are there no autofocus tilt-shift lenses? or, why do tilt-shift movements appear to be incompatible with phase-detection autofocus?

I have never seen or heard of an autofocus tilt-shift (perspective control) lens. It seems like perspective control movements prevent phase-detection autofocus from working correctly; for example ...
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Is there a Canon equivalent for Nikon's AF-ON focus system?

I'm very new to photography, and have been reading a lot about concepts and techniques. Yesterday, my brother gave my kid a gift of a professional photography session. I saw the photographer had Nikon ...
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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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Why is my Canon Rebel T3i delayed 10 seconds or more before image capture?

I am brand new to photography and this camera. Had the smaller lens on and the shutter seemed fine. Tried the larger lens (I bought a kit) which was 200M. Played around with settings, also tried the ...
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What does this switch do on my macro lens?

There is a switch on my Canon 100mm USM Autofocus Macro Lens that switches between 0.32 mm and 0.48 mm (I think those are the numbers I dont have my camera near me). What do these numbers mean and in ...
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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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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 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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How can a teleconverter allow manual focus lenses to autofocus?

I've found that some discontinued teleconverters, such as the Pentax F 1.7x AF Adapter and Nikon TC16A, enable autofocus with manual focus lenses. How is this possible? Does this system have any ...
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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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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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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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All my photos were blurry

I recently did a shoot of a baby and my 6 year old son, and I got some fantastic shots that were super sharp. I then did another shoot of a 6 year old and toddler and every single photo was slightly ...
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I almost cannot switch to manual focus on my Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens

Usually troubles with autofocus are related to a non working AF. I've got the opposite issue: AF is working too well. Actually, it is ALWAYS working, and I cannot turn it of. Even when I switch to ...
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Are there solutions to limitations on using back-button AF on Nikon D3100?

I have started to use my D3100 with my AE/AF-L button set to AF. So in other words I use this button instead of the half press shutter button to AF. I'm new to this technique and came across it here ...
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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 ...