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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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Quiet video autofocus on a consumer level SLR? [closed]

I bought a Canon Rebel T3 a while back before doing my homework on the features. The video quality looks very good to me. However, I have to hold down the shutter button to keep focus. The auto-focus ...
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Why can I not disable full-range auto-focus in newer point-and-shoot cameras? [closed]

I owned a number of Canon PowerShot cameras (SD300 and SD1000), and I was always pleased with being able to quickly take one out of the pocket, and take a picture within about 2 seconds of noticing ...
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What benefits are there from autofocusing with the lens rather than with the body? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for focusing? I have read in this question that the lens motor will be the one doing the focusing if both the body ...
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How can I get better focus results with my Nikon D90 at a fashion show?

I shot at a fashion show last week, and had focus problems. I used my Nikon D90 with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8, with no flash. I tried many autofocus settings but none of them worked. I also tried ...
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Which DSLR other than Sony A55 has best video capabilities with autofocus?

I've bought an Sony A55 camera for home use. Recording video is very important for me. Fortunately this camera is very good in video recording. It records 1080 HD and more important than that it does ...
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How do you take pictures in a dark room?

I wanted to practice photography with flash so turned off the room lights and tried to take a photo but there is a circle that shows in viewfinder when the camera has locked the focus on something, ...
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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 should I handle auto focus on a moving train

I have a Nikon D3100 with Nikor 55-300mm lens. I do railway photography and especially when light is less than optimal, the camera's auto focus has hard time latching onto an oncoming train. (I take ...
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Does this test chart show that my kit lens front focused?

I just bought me a Nikon D7100 with 18-140 kit lens. When I used focus test chart page 18 to test my camera and lens I got one of following result at 35mm/f4.2. I used Nikon's ViewNX2 to open the raw ...
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Auto focus vs Single Continuous/Point focus

I'm using a D600. Sometimes, having the ability to select my focus point is good. However, in certain situations, moments can be lost when you're framing or moving the focus point to the subject in ...
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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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Are extra auto focus points expensive for the manufacturer?

Having a lot of auto focus points is a feature associated with expensive camera bodies. There are of course different types of points like crosstypes and also different sensitivities, but lets ...
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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 the difference between touch focus and autofocus?

I have a cheap Chinese Android phone, a Landvo l200 based on MTK68XX chip. It claims to have a 13MP touch & autofocus camera. I wanted to know how this autofocus feature differs from touch focus ...
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Why does the camera say Subject is too Dark and refuse to click the shutter

I was trying to take some nice pictures of the Toronto city skyline from the shores of Lake Ontario under a full moon night. Now I put my nikon d5200 on a tripod and set f/4 and shutter = 30 sec. I am ...
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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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Should I always use point-autofocus and spot metering while shooting a small restless bird in a bush?

I am a beginner and I am finding more and more images to be out of focus or grainy when viewed on a computer screen, compared to the camera LCD. Could anyone give a step by step listing of the ...
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Can the Sigma 2x teleconverter be hacked so it will work with the Sigma 50-500mm?

Does the autofocus hack (where you mask off connectors on the teleconverter to make it misreport the aperture) work on sigma 2x teleconverter fitted on Sigma 50-500mm DG lens for Canon cameras?
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Do mobile cameras ever vary f stops?

I've been trying to get my head around the camera in my newly-bought Chinese mobile phone. I wonder how focusing actually works in these kind of phones. I imagine that in the standard context of ...
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What is the purpose of Quick Mode focusing in live view?

What is the purpose of Quick Mode (found on some Canon DSLRs) focusing in live view? To me it seems like a bad blend between live view and viewfinder mode that really doesn't cut it. Of course it's a ...
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Has D600 AF fine tune option? Can I fix backfocus of my lens on D600?

I know that the D800 has an option to tune AF. Does the D600 have this option, and does it work as well as it works on the D800? Can I fix a back-focus issue with my lens on a D600 without sending it ...
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Superzoom unable to autofocus at infinity at mid-zoom focal lengths

I have an inexpensive "superzoom" camera that functions properly and fills my needs but has one problem I seem unable to resolve. It is a GE Power PRO X500 camera with which I have taken several ...
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How to set AF in night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? Recently I went on a night forest safari trip with my Canon 1100D. I had put the camera in manual mode ...
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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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Canon EOS T2i 35-55 mm lens. Won't autofocus

Actually it WILL autofocus if I force adjust focus by hand beyond subject. It then adjusts itself to focus. If the lens is focused in front of the subject, it will not autofocus. Bad servo in the ...
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How do prime lens allow variance of focal length when focusing? [duplicate]

If the definition of prime lens says that their focal length is fixed, then how come you can still alter the focal length when focusing? (either MF or AF)
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Is the Canon 7D compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses? [duplicate]

Are all the lenses compatible with 7d? Especially EF-S? Anyone having a autofocus issue with 55-250mm IS lens?
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Why would my Tamron lens auto focus stop working?

I purchased a Tamron 70-300 mm lens for my Nikon d5300 a few days back. Its autofocus worked perfectly. But now it doesn't work at all. I am a beginner and I don't know much about it. Why would it ...
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Lumia 1020 Auto settings information?

What is the value of auto in lumia 1020 compact phone. I mean the value of iso, we can manually vary from 100 to 4000. and shutter speed from 1/16000 to 4s. brightness value -3 to +3. Every control ...
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Advice on Canon 7D Autofocus problems?

So I've had a Canon 7D for about 3 years. It's started to develop what seems like a lot of trouble with the autofocus over the last couple months. I don't recall having any such issues in the past, ...
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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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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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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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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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Canon camera DIY repair

I have a digital rebel XT, an 18-55mm, and 75-300mm lens, all by Canon. Everything has saltwater damage. I'm aware that it's cheaper to just replace it all, but I was fiddling around with it, testing ...
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens will not autofocus

I have a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED Lens that I purchased in Feb of 2013. I have been using this lens with my Nikon D3200. Up until this point my lens and camera have been completely ...
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Is there a way to make auto-focus more smooth while filming with Sony A55?

Wondering if anyone can help with this. I have a Sony SLT-A55, and when in video recording mode it is able to auto focus. My issue is that it does this "too quickly". For example, if I'm shooting ...
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My D5200 does not autofocus when in live view mode [on hold]

My D5200 does not autofocus when I switch to live view. When live view is off it autofocuses properly. I'm having a lot of problem shooting videos.
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Focus specifics in Samsung s5 [duplicate]

Can I take a photo with blurred background with Samsung s5 for a subject far by 2 metres of the lens? and what is the specific distance for manual focus for a 16 megapixel mobile phone lens to take a ...
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Nikon D3200: Issues with focus, clarity and noise in low-light conditions [closed]

I am just having a ton of issues with my Nikon D3200. I am finding that in post-processing a lot of my photos are lacking clarity. I am also finding that it performs TERRIBLY in low light. The is a ...
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Which focus points on the Nikon D750 support f/8?

The Nikon D750 has 11 autofocus points rated up to f/8. Which ones are the f/8 points?
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Can I enable back-button focus on a 3rd-party battery grip for my Nikon D610?

I have set up my camera to have back button focus. Does this not carry over to the battery grip or is there a way to set that up as well. I have a Nikon D610 but I have a third party grip (vello ...
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Camera body with autofocus [duplicate]

Can I buy a Nikon camera body that already has autofocus, then purchase any non-autofocus Nikon lens and be able autofocus simply from the body itself?
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How do I prevent white box(es) (face detection) from showing up on my Canon EOS 60D?

I use a Canon EOS 60D to shoot a separate angle facing the audience at my Church. It works pretty well, except I have one huge issue. Whenever I point it to the audience, a bunch of white boxes start ...
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Apertures required to enable autofocus on Rebel T6s/T6i in Live View?

Your article "What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?" is most useful. Would the new Canon autofocus technology, in the ...
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Using motorized lense on a motorized Nikon body [duplicate]

Say I'm using a lens with an AF motor on a Nikon body which also have AF motor. Which one will be active? Is there a way to control it? Thanks
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Canon 750d very slow focus speed

I've a new EOS 750d (T5i), with several Canon lenses. Before, I used to have a 450d. I've noticed that the camera is very slow to focus, the motor is audibly struggling, and focusing on an inanimate ...
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camera mobile phone takes pictures at constant focal length if 3.5 mm.supposed to have autofocus and touchfocus [duplicate]

This is a cheap Chinese landvo l200 Android mtk65xx mobile The onlything it keeps Changing is IS0 from 150 to 800 + And exposure time I wondered how can it autofocus and touch Focus when it keeps ...
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Contrast detection AF not working?

What are the possible reasons why my Nikon D3300 won't focus properly at all on live view? It works perfectly when using phase detection (or when looking through the viewfinder), but when I start ...
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Nikon zoom lens troubleshooting

My Nikon D5100 squeals and won't photogragh on its 55-300mm lens beyond 80mm. I've tried turning autofocus on, taken out & reinserted battery, and changed memory cards.