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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 enough. ...
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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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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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Nikon D5500 Autofocus with Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM

Should the Nikon D5500 be able to auto-focus the Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM lens? Auto-focus works with this lens on my Nikon D40X. On the D5500 it toggles between MF and AF. Video of what I ...
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How can AF adjustment be inconsistent across lenses?

How is it that sometimes a lens will work fine on a camera body without adjustment yet others need some AF micro adjustment tweaking. I would imagine that the accuracy of the AF system with regards to ...
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What can I do when autofocus suddenly starts blocking at around 2m on a Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm 1:2.8 D?

I had this lens for quite a few years now, it used to work as expected. I didn't use my stuff for a few months, maybe 6-8 months. I just bought a D600 and tried to use them. The AF does not work as it ...
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Why 5-50x focal length for autofocus micro-adjustment?

When we do an AutoFocus Micro Adjustment session, the general opinion is to set the focusing target at 25 x focal length (or somewhere in the range of 5-50 x focal length). Why is so? What happens if ...
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Is it normal for live view to freeze when focusing with a point & shoot camera?

I went to a Best Buy recently and tried a few point-and-shoot cameras, among which the Canon G15, Canon SX260, and Canon SX50. With all of them, I noticed that the live view freezes for a short time ...
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How can one measure the autofocus performance of a lens?

Many of the lens reviews tend to comment on their autofocus performance, but they seem to be mostly subjective in nature (fast, slow, hunts around etc). I understand that the autofocus performance is ...
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Why doesn't the focus assist light get triggered on a flash connected via a Pocket Wizard TT1?

I have a Pocket Wizard TT1 and TT5 which work fine. I mount the TT1 on the camera shoe and the TT5 fires my remote flash ETTL fine. I now want a focus assist light, so I set a flash (580, 430 or ST-...
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What is “hybrid AF”, and how does it compare to other autofocus technologies?

I've heard of some new cameras — particularly mirrorless cameras — with a feature called "hybrid autofocus". What does this mean, and how does it relate to the traditional approaches of contrast and ...
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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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Simply bad focus or too big aperture?

I have made a mistake with this image: ISO 400 | 1/1700s | f/2 I used manual Aperture mode and set it to F/2 (now I believe this is too much). Kids were one meter away. It was light cloudy morning....
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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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How can I find which lenses have “Continuous manual focus”?

Canon lenses with USM auto focus can be called "continuous manual focus" (at least some). By this I mean that you can override the AF without switching it off. I've found this very handy, and I often ...
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Why is AF performance different in automatic and selective mode?

How often do you use AF in selective (SEL) mode? The reason why I'm asking is that I've noticed that on a Pentax body (K10D and K-5) the AF is a lot more accurate when in AUTO mode than in SEL mode. ...
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How to focus on fast moving objects with a low-end dslr?

I will go to an Enduro race and I want to take sharp, in focus, photos. I only have a Canon 550D, EF-S 18-55 IS and EF 50mm f/1.8. I tried using autofocus on moving motorcycles and 90% of them were ...
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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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How to take clear photographs with DSLR

I just bought a Nikon D5200 with the 18-105mm lens and I have taken this flamingo photograph but can't see their faces properly and If I zoom in a little bit the image is pixelated. I have tried ...
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What does infinity focus mean and when should I use it?

All my lens have focus ring where at the end there's an infinity symbol. What does that mean? If I'm taking landscape shot and what everything from near to far to be in focus, do I use infinity? Or am ...
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Will the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D be a good fit with the D60, even though it doesn't autofocus?

I've been using a Nikon D60 for over a year now, and thinking about upgrading the stock lens. I am thinking about this lens: Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF Autofocus Lens But on the page ...
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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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In which situtations are cross-type autofocus points better?

I understand that the difference between "regular" autofocus points and cross-type ones is that the latter consist of two diagonal "regular" ones. I also understand that this is better. But what are ...
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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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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of the ...
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Does the Canon AF/MF switch actually do anything on L lenses?

I picked up a second hand 50mm f/1.2L lens recently with not a scratch on it. I've noticed that when the lens is set to MF, the autofocus on the camera (6d) still works. As a workaround I have ...
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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 Canon 5D mk II autofocus be accurate enough for a f/1.2 lens?

What autofocus accuracy can be expected from an EOS 5DII or EOS 5DIII camera? I have an EOS 5DII with f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses. I have a lot of problems getting consistent autofocus with these lenses. ...
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Why is AF slow in Live View on DSLRs?

Why is AF so slow in Live View on SLRs ? On compacts, the AF works very smoothly and quickly.
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Why isn't my DSLR focusing accurately on a fast-moving subject?

Here is a photo I took earlier today: I did my best to track him down the hill and fire off as many shots as I could. Some turned out fine and in focus but the better ones like this one didn't. My ...
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Fine tuning a lens focus [duplicate]

I just got a 35mm f/1.4 lens and wanted to see if it has any focus issues to be fixed. So I got this kit and not sure what exactly I should have done but I focused on the middle of that bar code like ...
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can i transform my manual focus lens into an autofocus lens?

I have a Nikon D3300 camera. And I bought a 55-300mm nikkor lens but this lens is not an autofocus lens, so when shooting I should manually focus and sometimes the photos are blurry. Is there any ...
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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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Why is my Canon 500D with kit lens having trouble focusing at higher focal lengths?

I have a Canon 500D with the kit lens. Recently I have observed that its not able to focus at higher zooms but it works at min zoom. To get it to focus, I have to zoom out or recompose and it works. ...
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Why are my pictures blurry/soft?

Ok so I shoot basically one thing....real estate. I am in the market for a new camera so I borrowed a friends canon 50d. I have been using a Rebel xti and been getting good results but I want to ...
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How to eliminate auto focus noise in video mode when using NIKON D7000?

You can hear the noise when taking a video w/ NIKON D7000 w/ normal lens. Is there any way to get rid of the noise? Will shotgun mic help? Thanks in advance!
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Why did my 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens deactivate autofocus on Canon EOS 1000D?

I recently lent my 50mm f/1.8 lens to a friend who owns a Canon EOS 1000D. Afetrwards he told me that the camera had deactivated autofocus when he switched back to his kit lens (18-55). Is this ...
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What is the best focus setting for a group photo in manual mode?

I have a Canon 5D Mark III. I understand the depth of field issues taking group photographs at a wedding, but I am concerned the guests at the extremities might be less in focus than the centre if I ...
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For those that can afford fancy teleprimes is it preferred to use AF or MF for birds?

Context I'll be using a Nikon 300mm/f4 on my Sony a6000 and seeing what birds I can get with it. The Sony 55-210mm is what I've been using but it lacks the reach and native teleconverters. ...
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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 auto-...
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Why does Nikon D3100 locks Shutter in Autofocus mode?

So I just got this Nikon D3100 Camera. And I am trying to take a picture using autofocus with the kit lens(18-55mm). The system is in Auto mode, AF-A, single frame and the lens A-M switch is on "A"...
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Why is my lens focusing sound lounder than before?

I'm new to DSLR camera. I didn't mount a lens properly. The camera still allowed me to take photos, so I didn't notice the error. After I had been using it for 10 minutes I noticed my error and ...
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How to tell if a digital camera shoots quickly

In my experience, most (at least) older digital cameras take some time -sometimes even a second or so- from the moment you pressed the button to the actual taking of a photograph, especially when ...
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Does using multiple batteries (via grip) improve AF speed?

I want to say I read somewhere that, particularly with heavier lenses (such as the 70-200 F/2.8), having two batteries in the portrait grip would provide extra juice to the AF motor and help it ...
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Why does my D70s no longer focus my Nikkor 70-300, but still focuses the 18-70?

At first I thought my lens was dead but after switching to my other D70s it worked fine. So, here's the issue: One of my D70s bodies can no longer auto-focus my Nikkor 70-300 lens. Switch to a 18-70 ...
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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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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 mode....
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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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Why is my Canon Powershot A1100 focusing only on the bottom part of scenes?

I've been using a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS camera for the past year and it had been working just fine until I decided to change its settings. After I had serious trouble with it, I reset the settings ...
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Why do phase-detection focusing sensors not like linearly polarized light?

I learned that polarizers did not work with autofocus and we had to get new "CPL" filters, 27 years ago. I even understand how they work and the nature of the light produced, which was a lot more ...