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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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When a camera auto-focuses, is the current focus distance reported from the lens to the camera?

The question says it all -- does the camera "know" how far the subject is from the lens, i.e. what is the current exact focus distance set at the lens?
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How is the term Gaussian blur used?

Is the term Gaussian blur used strictly in post-production, or can it also be used as a term for an out-of-focus area in your image when you-re taking the picture? I'm pretty sure that bokeh is used ...
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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 does using a tilt-shift lens make things look miniature?

This question isn't so much about how to achieve the effect of making a scene look like it's modelled in miniature, but why tilting the focal plane creates the effect. What is it about photographing ...
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Are there DSLR lenses that don't allow for manual focus?

I am looking into getting a Nikon soon (either a D3100 or a D5100). One of the reasons that I am upgrading from a point and shoot is because I want to have more control over the camera's functions. In ...
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Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture?

I am new to photography. I have Fujifilm FinePix HS10 camera. Lately I was trying my hands on landscape photography. I learnt from different tutorials that setting high aperture value gets most of ...
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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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Is it difficult to focus on 1.4F prime lens, and if it is how to counter that?

Does difficulty in focusing have anything to do with 1.4F (Nikon G)? Will it be still difficult if I use manual focus? Is auto focus too slow? Is there a way to counter it? This example photo (from ...
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Why does my lens focus better/faster with a speedlight attached to the camera?

I have a Nikon d90 and have often found that the camera reaches focus faster, with less re-adjusting and missing the focus, when I have a speedlight (the Nikon sb-600 in my case) attached. Why is ...
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Why doesn't pixel peeping with magnified Live View give the sharpest possible image?

I've seen this comment (most recently in this question), or similar, in several answers here on photo.SE: "Pixel peeped images aren't likely to look sharp". Why is that? It would seem to me that if ...
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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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Are there macro focusing techniques for handheld shots?

I know that when doing much macro work that the autofocus system is nearly useless. When hand holding and trying to manually focus, I find myself continually going a little too far or just not far ...
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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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Is it possible to measure distance to an object by adjusting the focus?

This is maybe not a 100% on topic photography, but I couldn't find a better stackexchange site to post this on and maybe you guys can help me out. I have a camera that takes pictures of a production ...
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Does focus breathing make a lens slower when close focusing?

I've heard that focal length of some lenses will become noticeably longer when focusing to a close distance, an effect called "focus breathing". Since f-number is focal length divided by diameter of ...
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How do I determine focus points in Adobe Lightroom?

Not sure if this is possible or not in Adobe Lightroom. I would like to see the focus points chosen by my Canon DSLR. I am guessing this is stored somewhere in the EXIF, but I'm not certain. I find ...
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Is it possible to get tethered focus and aperture control with any current DSLR?

I'm looking to get into some photography work and I had a couple questions. I'm quite an amateur at this, unfortunately, so I would appreciate any and all assistance! I want to be able to control the ...
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Is it normal for focal length to change while focusing?

When I change the focus distance on my Pentax 55-300mm lens, the focal length appears to change. More specifically, the lens appears to zoom in as I focus towards the minimum focusing distance. This ...
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How do I select a focus point on the Nikon D5000?

My Nikon D5000 has 11 selectable focus points but shamefully I don't know how to choose another point other than the center point. How can I do this? Am I misunderstanding concepts?
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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 types of rangefinders are there and what are the differences between them?

I have watched videos on YouTube showing the view through the M9 viewfinder, and it appears that only a small window in the middle allows you to focus. However, I once tried out an old Voigtländer ...
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How can I see photos on my PC as I shoot them?

I am trying to find out how to use manual zoom. Can I connect the camera to my laptop and see the images on PC as I shoot them? I have a Canon 550D Rebel 2Ti. Do I need any special cables for this?
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How can I achieve well focussed and sharp images at long focal lengths?

Well I guess this is a question every newbie asks. I have a Canon 550D with the 18-135mm kit lens. I was out on a small trip in a nearby town to take some good snaps with my DSLR. I know the lens ...
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What are the AF-A, AF-C and AF-S autofocus modes, and how and when should I use each one?

I have seen these autofocus options on all my Nikon DSLR cameras (D50, D80, D90) but I have never really used them. There is the AF button on top. What are AF-A, AF-C, and AF-S ? How do I use ...
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How can I take photographs with a large depth of field?

I was looking at some pictures by TSO Photography, and I was struck by how everything in the image seems to be sharp and in focus. I do realize that to achieve huge depth of field, you set the ...
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Is there a webcam that can focus to infinity, for time-lapse landscapes?

Does anyone here know of a webcam (at least 720p) that has the ability to focus to infinity? At least one webcam I know of (Logitech C910) doesn't allow that. I would like to use it for time lapse ...
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Do still photographers use follow focus, as filmmakers do?

Is a follow focus system beneficial to photographers in low light or other situations? Almost all professional filmmakers use a similar system to manually focus lenses, but I am not aware of ...
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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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In which situation should you not use the manual focus?

Couple of weeks back, I discovered the power of manual focus, and now for each and every shot, I use manual focus! Are there some situations where manual focus doesn't make much sense and we should ...
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How can I achieve this effect, where the flower is sharp and everything else is blurry?

I was wondering how it is possible to take a picture like this. Please have a look here for some example pictures. The flower is sharp, and everything else looks like taken with a long shutter. Is ...
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What do “Frontfocus” and “Backfocus” mean?

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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Does autofocus work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm?

Hallo; does autofocus actually work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm? If so,how good/fast is it?
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Why does focusing feel less accurate to me on the Canon 600D than the 60D?

Is there a substantial (or minor) difference in the focusing in 60D and 600D. I tried both in a showroom and felt (I may be wrong) that there was a difference. The focusing I felt was very quick and ...
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Doubt about focusing in the lens?

I usually find after blowing out my pic in computer that at one point (where I wished to focus) image is very sharp, then as I inspect the picture I see that some more part of the image either ...
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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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Is it possible to improve focus with the Samsung Galaxy S?

Samsung Galaxy S video and photo quality is pretty good but only when fully focused. The focus is getting lost very easly and it become blurred. Are there any ways to increase focus quality and speed? ...
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Best Focus Settings and Methods for DSLR Video? [closed]

Camera Body: Canon T2i Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SD Card: Transcend 16GB, Class 10 Stabilization: Handheld/tripod (maybe) Question: I'm going on vacation this weekend and would like to ...
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What is the meaning of having 9 focus points and how to see where they are?

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS is said to have 9 focus points. I haven't seen any setting which shows all those points on the screen or anywhere. How and what are those remaining 8 focus points used for? ...
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How can I get more of this macro photo in focus?

I want to make a full focus on the body, for example: I need to have a clear focus on the each balls in the photo. I used just single point focus. In this picture I used: shutter speed: 8 ...
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How do I take forced perspective photographs with a point & shoot camera?

My teenage son needs to take some forced perspective shots this weekend as part of a camping/hiking trip. He has a Panasonic DMC-FX01 point and shoot camera. He wants to be able to hold up something ...
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Is it possible to Zone Focus with a DSLR?

I have a Canon 1000d. Is the zone focusing technique applicable in a DSLR? If yes, how do we do it?
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How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?

I suffer from astigmatism. It's only mild, though I feel it's affecting what I'm seeing when looking through the viewfinder. Frequently, after shooting a photo with my Canon EOS 7D, I'll load it into ...
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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 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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Is there a way to do focus bracketing on Nikon D90 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8?

One feature I loved in my old Canon G6 was the ability to do focus bracketing in macro photography. Any hope of focus bracketing using my Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 macro lens on my D90 body?
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Why can't my SLR autofocus on certain parts of a scene?

I had my Nikon D7000 on single-point auto focus and it just would not focus on the spots I wanted. I have marked the spots that could not be focused on with red circles, and the parts that could be ...
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Why would I want to select an autofocus point?

I'm trying to understand why I would ever want to select an auto focus point other then the center point. I have a Canon XTI Rebel DSLR which has 9 auto-focus points, but I'm also looking into getting ...
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How can a prime lens 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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How can I get better focus when a subject is moving towards or away from the camera?

When shooting events or action photos, engaging people, I often find that frontal (or rear) perspective may be very expressive, but my problem is focusing when the subject moves towards the camera (or ...
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Does changing the focal length change focus?

When using manual focus or back focus on D60, I sometimes zoom in the lens, set the focus, and then zoom out. Does changing the focal length (zooming out), also change the focus? In case the answer ...