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Focus is the mechanism of converging light from a point light source onto an imaging plane by a lens.

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Nikon D3300 Focus light indicator

I have a Nikon D3300, 18-55mm lens for 3 for three weeks now, and i noticed something with the focus points when looking at the viewfinder. D3300 focus pointslooks similar to this: When I select ...
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Tethering to improve focusing

I use a Canon 700D, and my focus is always just a little bit off. What is the best tethering device I could use to preview on a bigger screen?
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Why does this lens lose focus when you zoom in but not when you zoom out?

This is regarding the Sony 18-105 E-mount constant-aperture zoom. I took at photo at 18mm, focusing manually: I then zoomed to 105mm, and took another photo, keeping the same focus: Notice that ...
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Canon IXUS 160 and IXUS 175 focus problem

I have a focus problem with my Canon IXUS 160 and Ixus 175 Cameras. The focus works fine with close subjects but once subjects are far, my images are very blurry. Restarting the camera fixes the ...
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When changing between manual and auto focus, should I change the setting on both the body and the lens?

I use my DSLR (Nikon D500) for both photography and video, and I prefer autofocus for photography and manual focus for video (to get rid of autofocus noise). There is an option for changing between ...
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Focus accuracy on new Tokina 11-20. Expected or defect?

I seem to have a focus issue with my new Tokina 11-20. It's mounted on a Canon 1000D(XS) The camera is on a tripod. The lens is wide open F/2.8, at 11 mm. I manually focused on the T on the box ...
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What is the most general theoretical reason images out of focus appear blurry?

Don't know if I should ask here or physics for optics. But I am wondering how come images out of focus appear blurry? It seems to me that if a given lens geometry has a given focal length, then ...
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How can I take a photo with everything in focus with my DSLR?

I am quite new to DSLRs and one of the first things I noticed was the incredible focus points and depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When filming a ...
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How do I keep both the background and foreground in the image in focus at the same time?

How do you have both the background and foreground in the image in focus at the same time? Last week I was attempting a shot where I had the back of a hat in focus and in the distance you could see a ...
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Nikon 16-85 VR focus noise problem?

My 16-85 VR is doing some weird noise during focus, manual or auto. It's like an hiss. I asked in a local shop and they said it can be some microdust inside the lens. But I'm a little worried it can ...
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How can I use AF+MF on Fujinon lenses with hard stop focus rings?

Fujifilm cameras have an AF+MF mode which autofocuses when the shutter button is half-depressed, then lets you correct it using the focus ring. However, some Fuji focus rings have hard stops, so you ...
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I don't need anything to be blurred. I need everything to be focused [duplicate]

The scene is at the distance of say 10 feet. I own Nikon d7200 and a lens of 18-140 mm. There are three cats here and there (not together), but many of my images focused on one/two cats and not all ...
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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

I am going on a lengthy road trip this summer, and I wanted to have some fun with the pictures I take. I thought it would be cool to take pictures of my girlfriend in various locations, but have her ...
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My photos are way too dark, must use 6000+ ISO inside

I have a problem. I recently got a new lens (18-105mm) and my pictures just gets dark. I am shooting in manual mode, I changed to automatic mode without flash and it got lighter. There must be a ...
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Is recomposing necessary for trap focus to work?

Trap focusing guide says: Set custom setting #A5 to AF-ON ONLY Set the focus mode to SINGLE SERVO Set Auto focus area mode to SINGLE POINT (9 point, 21 point, 51 point or 51 point 3-D will ...
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Why does my Zorki 4 take blurred pics on infinity focus?

I've recently bought a Zorki 4 and the results I get from my test roll are quite disappointing. I've been calibrating the mirror, adjusting it for both infinity focus and close one (1 meter). Here is ...
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What are these red markings on this lens?

What do those red marking do (just to the right to the focus distances?
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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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Nikon focus and recompose: identifying behaviour on different models

My Nikon D3000 refuses to take a picture if I focus and recompose with the AE-L/AF-L button set to "AF ON". (The focus point is on an out-of-focus part of the image after I recompose, so the shutter ...
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How can I meter and focus on different places of an image with a Canon DSLR?

I have a Canon 700D. I use the P mode (this way I can select a single focus point; I use the center one most times). I haven't changed any other setting. I raise the camera, focus on my subject (...
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Help me understand effective f-number

If I set a lens to, say, f/2 but my focus is set to its closest point, my effective f-number won't be f/2 any more but it will be higher by a factor that depends on focal length, image magnification ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

New to macro photography. Shooting Nikon D5000 with 60 mm macro lens. In manual (or any P, A, S) what focusing mode should I use; i.e. Matrix, Spot or what? Are these "live" in Manual mode? I ...
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Can focus stacking (or a similar technique) also be used to reduce depth of field?

Instead of using multiple images focused at different points to extend the depth of field, can I also reduce it? Does a technique exist to reduce focal length by stacking multiple images that are ...
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What is the point of the Olympus E-620 infinity reset

In the manual, it states: RESET LENS When set to [ON], this resets the focus of the lens (infinity) each time the power is turned off. What does this mean? Does this mean that if I were to turn ...
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Where to focus when shooting landscapes?

When I am shooting landscapes, where (at what point) should I focus when using Auto Focus? Or if I am shooting the lit up skyline of the city, what should be my focus point? The reason I ask is that ...
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Recording a maths tutorial video with iPhone [closed]

I am making a series of maths video tutorials to put up on YouTube. I have made a wooden crane that position the iPhone above my desk looking down so that it captures an A4 sheet of paper. (I have ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

I took this photo with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens & Canon "life size converter", and it looked somewhat fuzzy. After separating out the RGB channels, it seems evident that the different ...
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Why are my sports team pictures fuzzy?

UPDATE: I added the largest jpeg files I could with the original tone, unedited except for a cropping and the change from RAW to jpeg. Thanks for everyone's advice!! This forum is awesome! I use a ...
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Are focus and noise problems I see with my Nikon D80 simply because newer cameras are better?

I can't seem to get photos with good focus or without noise. Is it the fault of the Nikon D80?I have read that cameras only two or three years old have much better light sensors and that that is what ...
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Are any photographers known to intentionally make “creative” use of front/back focus settings of a camera?

A couple of weeks back I was testing my lenses for front/back focus, and an idea struck me: it's entirely possible to setup the camera to constantly back or front focus, so to permanently change the ...
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How can I improve my soft-focus shots out of a moving vehicle?

I was shooting with a shutter speed of 1/4000, f/7, ISO 800, using a 70-300mm telephoto lens. I have been shooting through the windshield of my SUV. Is there a filter I can use to help me get better ...
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Focus issues in a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens

I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (without VR) and the pictures taken with it are not sharp and crisp as I think they should be. I use it with a Nikon D7200 that works perfectly with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ...
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Why is my subject still out of focus when it's inside the range shown by a depth of field calculator?

In a depth of field app, I entered my camera's sensor size, focal length of 50mm, aperture of f8, and focus distance of 6 feet. The app tells me that DoF is 2.1 feet, from 5.1 to 7.2 feet. I then ...
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What is back-focusing?

What is back-focusing? Is it something I need to be worried about, or can I just live with it? How can I tell if my camera/lens is sufferring from it?
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Any cameras move the sensor instead of lens elements for focus?

All the cameras that I'm aware of move lens elements to obtain focus, although I'm not familiar with the workings of in-phone cameras. It occurred to me this morning that you could also focus by ...
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Since it's not “focal length”, what is the term for the distance at which things are in focus?

I was under the impression that the “focal length” of a lens is the distance at which stuff appears in-focus. (E.g., perhaps I set the camera so that objects 3 meters away appear sharp, ...
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Focus change after switch off camera?

I am using a zoom lens. The focal length is adjusted to 70 mm with manual focus. I then switch off the camera. Will the focus change after i re-turn on the camera? Noted that focal length and zoom ...
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How does refocusing in a dual lens work?

HTC One (M8) and the recent Huawei P9 offer dual lenses. This allows the option of refocussing after the picture has been clicked. Could someone explain how does that happen? How does the software ...
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Does a crop sensor affect closest focusing distance? Why does it not affect focal length in EXIF data?

Since I am considering to buy the Nikkor 105mm micro VR, I wondered if the cropped sensor does affect the closest focusing distance of 0.31m? Thinking about this, the following additional (and ...
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What do “Frontfocus” and “Backfocus” mean? [duplicate]

I've read those terms in a couple of lens reviews, and not even Wikipedia has an article about it. So my questions are: What is back/frontfocus? What causes back/frontfocus? Is there any preventive ...
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How can I take portraits where more DoF appears in front of the subject than behind?

This photo has been processed, of course. More importantly, it seems that DoF is more on the front of the subject than on the rear side. What type of post-processing and lens is suitable for producing ...
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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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What could be causing focus problems in low light?

I am not a professional photographer but shoot outdoor and indoor pictures, weddings, and portraits as a hobby. I use a Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens and a 35mm 1.8 ED lens. I have been ...
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Tips for using movie mode on DSLR [closed]

I've got a Nikon D5100 and while it takes pretty decent pictures, I have had nothing but trouble trying to use its "movie mode". This main issue I see is that movie mode only works in "Live Preview" ...
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Does focusing at infinity mean the sensor is at F?

According to thin lens optics, an object focused at infinity should correspond to the sensor position exactly at F, which is the focal length of the lens. It also means that the image of every point ...
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Nikon D3000 Blurry Pictures. Focus Issue?

Here are two examples: Both pictures are in NEF format here. The pictures have not been modified in any way except except for being resized and converted to PNG. Just for kicks (and to prove I'm ...
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How can I “unblur” these pics of the Northern Lights?

A total NOOB to photography here. I was in Tromsø, Norway this weekend and was lucky enough to capture some pictures of the lights. Now, when I say I'm a noob, I actually mean that I know very, VERY ...
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How can a lens with a single focal length focus on more than one plane?

By definition, a prime lens is a fixed lens system with a fixed focal length. Then, simple physics tells us that it should be able to focus only on one plane (at a fixed distance) in front of it. But ...
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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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How do you take a picture without focusing?

So I've just started getting into photography. I'm currently experimenting with taking long exposure photos at night, but my house doesn't have the ideal surroundings for a good pic. Is there any way ...