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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'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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Why is the AF confirmation chip needed?

I've read that adapter rings for manual lenses in Canon and Nikon might incorporate an Autofocus Confirmation chip... With my old Pentax K10D all manual Pentax-K lenses had AF confirmation, and they ...
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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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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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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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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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Why can't I take a photo in dark with auto focus, manual mode?

I'm dorking around with a Nikon D80 and I am a total beginner. I am trying to shoot some light trails but the darn thing doesn't even take a picture. I am in manual mode with the bulb setting. For ...
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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 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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Is there any reason you would use one-shot focus over AI-Servo?

The only one I can think of is recomposition - achieving focus and then recomposing. Are there any others? The convenience of tracking your subject seems very, very convenient - moreso than the lock ...
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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 my “action” shots are blurry even shooting on AF-C, is this a lens or camera limitation?

I'm currently using a Nikon 28-200mm AF-D with my D7000. While trying to take action shots (e.g. my dog running or sports) none of the shots seem to be in focus even on AF-C mode. Would this be a ...
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How to correctly focus on the background person in a shot?

I tried to take some portraits of my sister-in and her fiance earlier in a sunny, green park. I took a few pictures where the fiance is closest to me but turning to look at his wife-to-be who is ...
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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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Will any non-AF lens work on a Nikon camera with built in AF already in the camera body?

I want to purchase a camera with a built in autofocus motor, but I want to know if lenses without autofocus will then focus automatically on that camera body. In other words, can I buy a Nikon camera ...
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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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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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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 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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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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How do I get my Canon 70D to detect my Tokina AT-X 400mm lens?

I have recently purchased a used (but remarkable condition) Tokina AT-X 400mm f/5.6 with an EF mount. This works on my 6D, allowing for aperture and focus control from the body. However, my 70D ...
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What is AF-L needed for? [duplicate]

After quite a lot of reading even, I am not being able to grasp the rationale behind the AF-L part of AE-L/AF-L button on Nikon D5300. If the camera is set to AF-C, then the concept of locking focus ...
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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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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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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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Why does a manual focus lens have an autofocus motor?

Can someone explain to me why the Rokinon 24mm lens has a focus motor? Quoting from LensHero's page on the lens: Generic motor built-in focus motor From what I understand, only autofocus lenses ...
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Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII - Does Autofocus <5m really work?

some days ago I daring duck had approached while I was taking photos of her and her friends in a pond. I was testing my new 70-200 2.8 VRII and I was a bit worried about the autofocus while working ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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Is contrast-based autofocus really better than phase-based, or is it just me?

I feel like I quite consistently get: Blurrier autofocus Lower exposure when shooting with my T5i's viewfinder than its LCD (i.e., in phase-based vs. contrast-based mode). But whenever I search ...
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How to more effectively stay in focus with a wide aperture (50mm/1.8)?

I've been experimenting with street photography lately and - while I'm getting some decent shots - my biggest pain point is staying in focus. For example: With the following subject, I nailed a ...
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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?

When I take a portrait with settings which result in a DOF shallow enough that the subjects' movements risk missing focus on the eyes, should I use continuous AF mode - is the continuous AF fast ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there cameras that autofocus during an exposure?

The origin of this question is related to panning. I was trying to explain why panning is more effective for subjects moving across your FOV at right angles, vs. a subject whose distance to the ...
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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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What settings affect how the focus points are displayed for my 7D?

My Canon 7d is about 2 months old. I used it for a shoot in DC, and it just isn't behaving as expected. When I try to focus, I get little black boxes in the focus frame. They used to be black, with ...