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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 be sure a lens will autofocus on my Nikon D5000? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What type of lens will auto-focus on Nikon bodies without a focus motor? I have a Nikon D5000. For Nikon Lenses I know that I have to buy ones that are AF-S. Easy ...
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What low-cost ultra-wide angle DX lens will autofocus on my Nikon D5000?

I need a wide angle lens for low-light/club photography with my Nikon D5000. I was going to pick up this one, but then I realized that it won't autofocus on my body. What is the closest equivalent ...
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How can I make phase-detection AF more accurate with a Canon 650d and 50mm/1.8?

This is what I get pretty much every time when shooting in Live View mode using the Canon 50 1.8: This is what I get when I'm lucky when focusing through the viewfinder: This is what I get when ...
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Skin tones become yellower/ oranger when flash is on

When I take pictures of people, the yellow and red tones seem to be enhanced and the result is a more jaundiced complexion in best case scenario and orange and a bit shiny if their skin is a bit oily. ...
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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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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 can't my camera autofocus in low light with a small aperture?

My question is not about "how to focus in the low light" or "how to focus a camera". The question is why the camera is unable to auto-focus in low light with high f numbers? In these conditions, I ...
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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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How to improve the PowerShot G12 shooting speed?

I have been using a Canon PowerShot G12 for about a year, and find it incredibly slow. In full auto-mode, with good lighting conditions, I feel the G12 regularly takes close to 0.5 s between the time ...
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lens care: compressing lens without full-time manual focus when camera is off?

The lens manuals for my lenses without "full-time manual focusing" warn not to use the focusing ring when it's in Auto-Focus mode. I assume that even applies when the camera is off, but am I being ...
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Budget Nikon setup - future problems due to AF-S vs AF? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the lack of AF Motor on the Nikon D5100 an important factor? I am just starting up as an amateur photographer to venture into DSLRs. Being on a tight budget, I am ...
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Are Nikon lens double the cost of Canon auto-focus lens?

Are Nikon lenses double the cost of canon Camera? Point in case, below. I am an amateur photographer and my usual requirements are: Portraits with nice Bokeh Macro (flowers, insects etc.) Day ...
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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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Problem with TTL autofocus on Canon 450d - is there a way to adjust?

I have Canon EOS 450D, and it seems, that camera have problem with autofocusing, when i'm looking through optical viewfinder. If I switch camera to liveview - autofocus works correctly, but slow. The ...
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How To Fix Badly Functioning Shutter Release-Button?

I have a compact Pentax OptionM10 which I bought in 2006 and sometimes shutter-release button works only when pressing it on edge and under specific angle, but mostly as I apply little pressure which ...
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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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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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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 to fix inoperative autofocus in Canon 70-200 F4 L USM?

This lens has been sitting on the shelf for years and I recently hauled out my DSLR to play with it. Turns out the autofocus no longer works. I'm wondering if there's any kind of remedy for this short ...
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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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How do you use the different autofocus points on your DSLR?

My Nikon D300 has quite a few autofocus points. There's a button I can operate with my thumb to change the autofocus point but I find that quite difficult to use. So I almost exclusively use the ...
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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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Shutter half-press to focus possible in Live View mode on EOS 50D?

When not in Live View mode and when the lens is set to AF mode, when I press the shutter button half way on my Canon EOS 50D it causes the camera to auto-focus, as expected. In Live View mode, I have ...
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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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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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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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Autofocus performance of different brands at night

Are there huge differences in the ability to focus in low light between different brands and models? I have a Pentax Kx with a Sigma 30mm 1.4. My problem is, that the camera's autofocus does not work ...
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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 does the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 have fewer AF points in optical viewfinder mode?

From the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 manual: When AREA is selected for AF MODE in the shooting menu and S is selected for focus mode, the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor offer a choice of 49 focus ...
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Is it really better to not half-press to focus with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1?

Fujifilm's new camera uses contrast-detect autofocus, and the current Internet hand-wringing is over whether this is a horrible critical flaw or not. As often happens in such discussion, a bit of ...
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Is there a secret way to make the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's autofocus point selection faster?

I think the answer to this is "no", but it may actually be available and I'm just not figuring out how to toggle the setting. The X-Pro 1 has a wealth of AF points — 49 in EVF mode and 25 in OVF ...
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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 ...
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How important is auto-focus with a 50mm lens?

I have a Nikon D5000. I have wanted the 50mm AF-S as a portrait lenses for a while, but it was sold out forever. I finally broke down and got the older 50mm AF. Good lens, but no auto-focus on my ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus via the viewfinder?

My Nikon D3100 out of the blue cannot focus correctly. It seem the that the focus motor always stops at the end of the run (Infinity) and cannot lock on the target, thus cannot release the shutter. I ...
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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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When a camera auto-focuses, is the current focus distance reported from the lens to the camera?

The question says it all -- does the camera "know" how far the subject is from the lens, i.e. what is the current exact focus distance set at the lens?
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What settings do I need for shooting a candid against the sky?

I have Canon 1000D. Most of the times I use canon 50MM F1.8. I use evaluative metering and single point (center) auto focus. What setting do I need to change to have metering of sky (say red of ...
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autofocus and maximum aperture of 60D [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the aperture limits for autofocus on Canon DSLR cameras? It is mentioned on page 79 of the EOS 60D manual that the center point AF is twice as accurate at ...
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How to verify that Nikon SB-28DX AF-assist is working?

I have a Nikon SB-28DX which I am using with an F5. I understand from the instructions how to turn the AF-assist illuminator off. But, how do I verify that it's working? Does it still work with ...
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Is the Canon 600D Al servo autofocus up to the task of following moving subjects?

Has anyone tried shooting fast moving subjects (birds, cars, running animals) with Canon EOS 600D using Al servo autofocus? I am thinking of getting this DSLR but the internet reviews are a bit ...
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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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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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Auto-focusing problem on a Canon 500D with a EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS(standard kit lens)

I'm having problems with the lens. I've tried auto-focusing with my other lenses, and it works fine. It can only auto-focus one way, i.e. the focusing ring is still able to move, but only able to 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 lens focus better/faster with a speedlight attached to the camera?

I have a Nikon d90 and have often found that the camera reaches focus faster, with less re-adjusting and missing the focus, when I have a speedlight (the Nikon sb-600 in my case) attached. Why is ...
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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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What causes auto focus to misfocus?

If I understand correctly, autofocus works with contrast detection or phase detection, and both of these systems are in the camera rather than the lens. Surely then, the camera just needs to control ...
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How important is auto focus and aperture control in a macro setup?

I'm thinking of starting some amateur macro photography, and I'm not sure I want to go with macro lenses, due to their price. I currently have the following lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Canon EF ...
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'Bokeh' effect with autofocus switched off in manual mode (Nikon-D90)

I want to understand how focusing works in Manual mode in my D90. I switched off the autofocus buttons in the Kit lens and the camera body. I have changed to the manual mode. Now, when I try to ...
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Where can I find advice on using an advanced AF system for wildlife and bird photography?

I recently purchased a Canon 7D, as my previous 450D had become a severely limiting factor in my endeavors to wildlife and bird photography (particularly bird photography, which I LOVE, but for which ...