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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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Can changing metering mode change focus?

I've Canon 600D and I use the back button to focus and the shutter to meter, I've been using spot metering for over 2 years for now and I understand what's the difference between it and evaluative, I ...
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Why does my lens refocus when the f-stop is changed?

I have a prime Sigma f1.4 50mm lens on my Nikon D90 in P mode and focus mode on a set point of the field and notice that when I am using a tripod and change the f-stop that the camera changes the ...
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Can I damage the focus system by turning the focus ring when the lens isn't mounted?

I have a couple lenses that don't have an internal focusing system, and whenever I want to put them back in my bag, I turn the focus ring to make the lens shorter. I noticed that when the lens is set ...
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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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What is the difference between AI Focus and AI Servo autofocus modes?

Recently I bought a Canon 60D and I am uncertain about when and how to use/activate the AI Focus and AI Servo functions. I understand the One Shot autofocus function for still subjects. You press ...
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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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What is a focus limiter?

What is a focus limiter and how does it work? What is the advantage of it? For instance Tamron 90/2.8 Macro has a focus limiter. According to the documentation: In the limit position, the Tamron ...
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Nikon D60: Autofocus of two AF-S lenses not working anymore after using another lens

I have used my Nikon D60 for about 6 years now, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, and AF-S 55-200mm Nikkor f/4-5.6G lens, and the autofocus has been working fine this entire time. However, I ...
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Why does the IR-Assist beam of Canon Speedlites not get used in AI Servo AF mode?

The IR AF-assist beam on the Canon Speedlites (I have a 430 EX II) doesn't seem to come on when the DSLR (I have the EOS 7D) is in 'AI Servo' AF-mode. It works fine if I'm in one-shot mode (comes on ...
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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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Is it possible for increased ISO to improve focusing in low light?

A member of a digital photo forum, to which I subscribe, stated that when she was photographing some badgers at night, the auto focus wouldn't work due to the lack of light. She then said she upped ...
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Are there cheap or DIY focus assist solutions for the Canon 5D?

I want a better autofocus system for low light. Low light auto focus is my biggest bane. I use a 5D so the options are AF on a flash like the 430 or 580. I happen to use the Pocket Wizard TT1 so I ...
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What apertures are required to enable autofocus, including cross-type or high-precision focusing, on Canon DSLR cameras?

This is a follow-up to Why does Canon and Nikon limit or disable autofocus beyond certain f-numbers? I'm doing this to separate the AF aperture requirements from the linked question above. My goal ...
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Why is DSLR autofocus much faster than Mirrorless autofocus?

When DSLRs are not using Live View they autofocus much faster than Mirrorless cameras. Why is that? Why can't Mirrorless cameras use the same autofocus mechanism that DSLRs use?
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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 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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Enable Auto focus after timer on Nikon D800?

I'll start with an apology if everyone knows this but me. I bought a Nikon D800 about a month ago (adore), but the wireless remote I used for the D7000 is not compatible. No worries, I'll just ...
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Why does my Nikon D5100 suddenly have a 30-60 seconds delay before auto focus starts working?

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55 kit lens. It was working fine till a few days ago. The auto focus used to work from the very next second after turning ON the camera. But now the auto focus does ...
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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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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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How to achieve auto focusing with a non-TTL flash (YN-560 II) in low light situation?

I recently bought a new YN-560 II hotshoe flash but found that it has neither TTL nor assist beam for focusing in low light situations. The problem now is that I'm starting my career as a night ...
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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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How does autofocus deal with the time to change aperture and raise mirror?

This picture turned out really well: and here Lila is running towards the camera, and the aperture is wide open. I know the AF system uses the phase of light and diffraction to work out when it is ...
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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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Manual and Autofocus not working on near field with Canon Rebel T3

I dropped my camera on a tile floor the other day and everything appeared fine. My wife tried to take some close up pictures of a gift today and found that the Auto Focus wouldn't work on close field ...
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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 ...
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Where do we focus when shooting cars in a street?

f I just want to put the camera at night at the corner of a street to get long exposure effect of the cars that are moving for their car lights, What is the focus settings I should use? Should I also ...
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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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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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Shooting full manual during an event or function

I have been shooting quite a bit of events lately. I do pre-shoot prep on my camera gear and check out the venue ahead of time to evaluate the setting and how the event will run plus light quality to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it true that cameras with larger sensors are more likely to mis-focus under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and my single biggest problem with the camera is that it often mis-focuses under low light. I shoot a lot of low-light photos, and I work around it by using manual focus. I have ...
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What to do about autofocus problems on a brand new SLR?

I'm having an autofocus problem with my new D5300: I've tested with both the 18-55 kit lens and the 50mm 1.8 AF-S, but it won't always autofocus. I have tested in good light conditions, with different ...
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Focus Effect for Canon Powershot SX520 [duplicate]

How can I achieve a focus effect for Canon Powershot SX520? Something like this: Thanks!
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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 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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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.
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Why does AF assist light only work with center focus?

Last night I had some problems with the AF assist light of my D80 that made me miss some pictures. I thought it would be defective, although I was able to use it the previous time. Looking for the ...
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DSLR in AF mode. Do we need to use Focus ring on lens?

My camera is in Auto Focus mode (AF). As my understanding, the camera will focus on subject automatically. But when I rotate the focus ring, the focus subject points will change, too. I don't ...
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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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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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How does focus work on mobile phone cameras?

How does focusing work on mobile phone cameras? Aren't their optics simple enough to not have any moving parts whatsoever? If so, how come most smartphones have an auto-focus, and with various ...
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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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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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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 ...