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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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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 the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
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Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure?

Why does an unfocused lens still give a focused view with a longer exposure? For example, I took an out-of-focus photo with a ¹⁄₁₀th second exposure (at f/7.1), but when I change to 10 seconds (at ...
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Do lenses have focal planes or focal spheres/ellipsoids?

The title says it pretty much all. I'm asking this because I find myself always using the focus point in the center, and after I focused, I rotate my camera to make the framing right. However, if ...
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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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Why does the focus light come on in manual focus mode?

When I'm in the manual focus mode, I find that the focus light (the red blinking light) sometimes still comes on before it takes a photo. Why is this? I thought the purpose of the light is to ...
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How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D

I have been using this lens for a while, mostly for portraits and have noticed that for some reason the outdoor pictures where I most likely had to quickly compose and take the shot have had something ...
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What is the technical difference between focus and zooming?

This may look like a silly question but I don't know what the difference between zooming and focusing is. Zooming in will usually let me have fewer subjects in the scene while zooming out will allow ...
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Precise focus information in metadata

I am trying to get the precise focal length used for a stack of photographs taken with various focal length. See the following link. My problem is that even if the photographs are obviously focusing ...
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What determines the sharp parts in an image: the DoF or the focus point?

I am a little bit confused between depth of field (DoF) and focus points. Which of them is responsible for making part of the image sharp?
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How to get accurate focus at night? [duplicate]

I've tried focusing shots at night, but never get a perfect click. Are there any tips that might help?
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Light-field shots entirely in focus?

A light field camera can be used to make shots which can be truly refocused after the shot, however if I understand the technology correctly it would be just as easy to process the "image data" in ...
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Wide aperture in low-light results in muddy image on Powershot G16?

I have a Powershot G16 that I'd like to use as my standard camera for its light weight. It takes amazing photos in the day, but I'm having some problems with handheld at night. I'm still a photography ...
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Why can't I get a sharp macro image when shooting handheld, even with IS?

These days I shoot macro handheld, using the focus and recompose technique. I used AF-one shot. I used a Canon 100mm 2.8 on my Canon 550D. My shutter speed was 1/100s, but it was quite frustrating ...
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How to nail focus for DSLR astrophotography?

I've been doing a bit of astrophotography and the problem that I almost always have is nailing focus. I'll manually focus on a bright star or the moon (which hopefully isn't an option!) by magnifying ...
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How can i get AF confirmation working with Samyang 500mm f/6.3 with dandelion chip?

I've put a dandelion chip (4th gen) on my Samyang 500mm f/6.3. I shoot a Canon 6D by the way. So, that's cool now I've set the chip to return f/6.3 and I can get a correctly exposed LiveView, EXIF ...
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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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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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Focusing on hyperfocal distance with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens [duplicate]

I have a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens on a Nikon D7000 body. I have a theoretical understanding of hyperfocal distance. And it seems like the lenses with an clear indication of "infinite" focus point are ...
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Is there a way to avoid focus searching? [duplicate]

While using my camera in a relatively low light scenario I noticed some shots I missed because my camera was struggling to focus. I use a Nikon D7100 and noticed that the AF assist light only came on ...
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Why does my Samsung NX1000 zoom way in when manually focusing?

I bought a Samsung NX1000 this week, and I have the 20-50mm lens. However when I put it on manual focus, the picture keeps jumping from standard zoom to "mega zoom" — it zooms a lot further in then ...
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What is the difference Focus mode and AF-Area mode?

I am using Nikon D5100. To shoot a subject which is: Stationary: we can set AF-area mode to Single Point AF we can set Focus mode to AF-S Moving: we can set AF-area mode to Dynamic-Area AF we can ...
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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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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 ...
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Why can't my DSLR with kit lens focus on objects close to the lens?

I have a Nikon D5200 with the 18-105 kit lens. I cannot focus the objects which are 15-20 cm away from the lens. Can anyone tell me how to manipulate the settings so that i can focus those objects? ...
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Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low

I've had my Nikon D3100 camera for about 3 years. I recently accidentally reset my shooting options. Since I've done that, I'm having a hard time getting the camera to focus and take photos in lower ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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Which lenses show focus shift?

Some lenses, because of a design that includes uncorrected spherical aberration, shift their plane of focus backwards as the aperture is narrowed. This is most apparent at close focusing distances and ...
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Compensating for Focus Shift?

Some lenses, because of a design that includes uncorrected spherical aberration, shift their plane of focus backwards as the aperture is narrowed. This is most apparent at close focusing distances and ...
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What makes the focus ring on a lens go smoothly?

I’m curious about the smooth movement of the zoom or focus rings on a lens. How is the smooth movement done? Is there some kind of liquid with high viscosity? That doesn’t sound very probable. On the ...
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What is a focusing rail?

In What are the best practices for DOF stacking? I noticed a mention of a "focusing rail". I've never heard of such device. What is it, and in what circumstances is it useful?
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What might make focus points blurred/gone from viewfinder on Canon T2i after cleaning?

The red lights are all but lost in my T2i now....barely a haze of a blur. The focus points work fine, and I get the audible beep, but I have to check my focus point on the back before shooting and I'm ...
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What is the reference plane used when the minimum focus distance is measured?

Once you know the MFD (minimum focus distance) for a particular lens, is that the distance from the subject to the front of the lens or to the camera sensor?
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How much does a drop in temperature affect focus?

In an answer to question "What lens characteristics are important in astrophotography?" there was mentioned "If the temperature changes drastically, you may need to refocus as different materials in ...
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Canon 50mm F1.4 focus problems

I've had this lens for a couple of years, but am really struggling to get sharp pictures now. I've tried it on a 400D and a 7D and both show the same results. I had the problem with it getting stuck ...
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Science Fair Project Relating focus to pinhole size

I am doing a science fair project in which i want to see how the size of a pinhole effects the light diameter, and i would like to also relate this to focus and focal point. How would i do this?
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How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?

Tonight I tried my best to take some night landscapes in the darkest of dark conditions. Hoping for an epic composition of the Milky Way and a landmark. Of course, none of my glass could auto focus ...
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What would appear on polaroid film exposed without a lens?

I am trying to get a better understanding how lenses & focusing works. Let's say that I am standing in a completely dark room holding a unexposed polaroid film, and turn on a TV in the other ...
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Tricking compact's camera autofocus

I'm trying to get some bokeh using a compact (almost premium) camera, a Nikon Coolpix p300 (although the question is general). Since the camera hasn't got a manual focus option, I'm trying to use the ...
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Is the focus plane of a fisheye lens inherently curved?

After shooting of a fisheye lens earlier this week, I noticed that what is in focus does not seem to lie on a flat plane as it would for a rectilinear lens. Now, I am aware that lenses usually exhibit ...
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What is the difference between depth of field and depth of focus?

Reading this answer I realized that I didn't know the difference between the two depths (of field and focus). Browsing related questions didn't reduce the blur (!) between the two... Wikipedia ...
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how to select a proper aperture for 50mm portrait lens? [duplicate]

I am using 50 mm 1.8 potrait lens with my canon 600D. But when i take a portrait with f1.8 on Av mode using autofocus, only subjects eyes are sharp and rest of the other face is slightly blurry. How ...
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What (and why) are the differences for AF between viewfinder and LiveView [duplicate]

I find that viewfinder never beeps to confirm focus. It also is much quicker (~0.5s) but sometimes jumps around constantly and never settles to a focus point. LiveView probably gets less light for ...
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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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How does changing focal length affect depth of field?

I'm curious about how my "area of acceptable focus" changes when the focal length of the lens I'm using changes as I zoom (or switch lenses). In particular, I'd like to know how the front & back ...
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How can I increase depth of field when photographing through a microscope?

I was photographing a small beetle and ran into the problem that it was just 0.5 inches long, and the macro setting on my camera failed to produce a sufficiently detailed and crisp image. Therefore I ...
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What factors determine the size of focus step done with remote shooting?

When a DSLR camera is used for remote shooting, corresponding software usually provides very simple way to change focus position: small, medium and large steps forward or backward. This is how it ...
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Canon lens FD 50mm 1:1.4 with Canon Rebel T3i - no focus

I am trying to use an old FD 50mm lens with my Rebel T3i camera but cant get focus. Is there any configuration on the camera I havo to make or it just don't work at all? Thanks!
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how to focus with a ND filter

I've just bought a ND3 filter (-10 stops) and was looking for recommendations on how to focus the camera. Basically many recommendations are around focusing WITHOUT the filter, then switch to manual ...