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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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Best AF Fine tuning for Nikon D7000 lenses

Over the last few months I've been noticing an annoying back - focus problem on my Nikon D7000, regardless if I was using a AF-S or AF lens. But the problem seems to happen more often on my 35mm 1.8G ...
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Focus problems and seek noise with Canon 24-105 f4 L

I have a Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens. Just today, it started having focusing problems. The problem does not manifest if the focus is easy: bright light and centre focus point is on a good contrasty part ...
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My NIKKOR 55-200mm lens behaves like it is not attached to the camera, even though it is attached

I just purchased a Nikon D5500 with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, along with one digital high-def 2.2x teleconverter and a digital high-def .43x super wide angle lens with macro filter. The ...
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How do lenses focus? (and zoom?) [duplicate]

My understanding of focal length is that it is the distance from the lens to the sensor; in my observations: higher focal lengths make for longer lens. Then I started thinking about how a lens ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

I have to do a portrait shoot for a friend. My camera (Pentax K-30) allows me to focus in the following modes: 1 focus point (center) 11 auto focus points 5 auto focus points I haven't yet ...
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How to do focus stacking with Sony A7?

It seems that software like helicon remote or EOS utility which allow you to pick focus points remotely make focus stacking so much easier. I couldn't find anything like that with Sony A7. Even's ...
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Can I achieve infinity focus from Auto focus? [duplicate]

I have a 18-55mm zoom lens with no Infinity symbol on it. Let's assume I want to capture stars in night. There are three ways to do it (If I am not wrong) Use Auto focus (If your camera is able to ...
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How do I prevent my camera/lens from focusing on only a subject? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 70D and am using a 50mm lens. I want to prevent it from focusing on a subject all the time. Instead, I want everything to be in focus like you get with a kit lens (18-135 etc.). I have ...
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Manual focus working in AF Mode with an STM lens - is this intentional?

On my new Canon T6s/760d with 18-135 STM lens, I just noticed that in AF mode, when I hold the shutter button halfway, if I turn the focus ring on the lens, it does affect the focus! I preferred to ...
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How to reduce noise shown in LiveView when photographing in the dark?

At night, when I want to take photos, I usually use LiveView to focus instead of the optical viewfinder. So I set my camera on a tripod, go to LiveView and use manual focusing to get the focus. But ...
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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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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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Focus problem in viewfinder mode with the tamron 17-50 f2.8

I bought my 70d and the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 VC. I noticed that I don't have focus when I use the viewfinder but when I use the live view there is no problem at all. Someone might come across ...
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Autofocus not working outside scene modes

I've just got my first DSLR (an old Canon 1000D) and I'm having problems with autofocus: When I'm in full auto or any scene mode (sport, portrait...) it works fine and I can make photos normally, but ...
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600D Lens Don't Move back and front

My camera lens recently started losing focus. When I press the shutter halfway, the lens just doesn't respond and adjust focus. The flash flickers an electric sound and light but then the camera ...
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What setting do I use for a 70-300 lens? [closed]

I have a 70-300 lens and I tried taking a picture of a ship on Lake Michigan. The Picture was blurry and I was using a tripod, What settings do I need to have my camera set on to get nice clear ...
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How do I work around a problem where my lens won't focus on distant objects?

I have a Pentax K10D with a 28mm lens that will not focus on distant objects. Will an extension tube solve this problem? I do not care about autofocus. Is one tube better than another for manual ...
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How does manual focus work using Leica lenses on other mirrorless cameras such as Fuji XPro1?

I used to own a Leica M4P, now I have gone digital with a Fuji X100. I love the X100 but the autofocus gives me so much trouble for street photography and its manual focus is terrible. I really ...
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How can I take photographs with a large depth of field without diffraction?

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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What is the best auto-focus mode to use for bird photography?

Consider the image below: How would the shot be focused here? Using Auto-focus or manual? If there was a cluttered background, will auto focus detect the small bird and sharply focus on it?If manual ...
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Background warping through foreground defocus

I came across this effect the other day, and have spent the better part of the last week trying to figure out exactly what is happening. When photographing two layers, with the foreground in front of ...
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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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Does the Sony wireless remote commander (hardware, not the app) focus before firing a shot in Manual?

I have a Sony NEX-6 and the wireless remote commander (Please note: it is the hardware not the app). Last night, I was taking some night shots in Manual with the camera on a tripod. I set the camera ...
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Getting a sharp focus on a 50mm when the subject is at 5m - 10m [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer with a 450D/XSi. I'm using a 50mm/1.8 prime lens to start out and I noticed that a lot of times my pictures end up not being sharp for stationary scenes. I was mostly using ...
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How to overcome auto-focusing problem in event photography?

The biggest issue for event photography I have noticed is camera not getting auto-focus at correct time. The moment you have to capture the camera is still focusing. If it would be landscape ...
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Is it possible to get bokeh in cellphone photos?

I have wondered how to get some parts of the image out of focus when using smartphone cameras (or if it can even be done). Recently found out about the concept of bokeh, and am interested in ...
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How to take a photo of a close-up object without focus stacking?

I'm trying to get into product photography and took some fun shots. I'm talking about shots of my iPhone and things like that. What I quickly realize is that I am unable to get enough DOF. I'm using ...
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Is a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens only meant to focus close range?

Ok, so I currently shoot with a canon Rebel which of course has a 1.6x crop factor. My primary lens is Canon's mid-level 50mm f/1.4. I love this lens for close up portraits and can get a very sharp ...
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Are there cameras that autofocus during an exposure?

The origin of this question is related to panning. I was trying to explain why panning is more effective for subjects moving across your FOV at right angles, vs. a subject whose distance to the ...
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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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What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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Can I combine several low quality pics into one higher quality picture?

Is there an easy tool to combine low quality pics taken from a mobile phone, all of the same thing but taken within a few seconds interval from one another, mostly suffering from slight out of focus ...
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Camera won't shoot in Program mode?

We just got a new Nikon D7100 at work and are having an odd problem. Occasionally the shutter will not release when we try to take a picture. It appears to do this when there's not enough contrastn ...
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Canon EOS SL1 - Manual focus stopped working

I recently purchased a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR SL1. My 18-55 mm lens shoots amazingly, and I have been using it in auto and manual focus. About a week ago, my manual focus randomly stopped working. The ...
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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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Lack of sharpness: is it me, or my zoom lens?

I am specifically talking about Nikon 24-70mm f 2.8 lens Here is the picture I took with that: And here is another one I took with my prime lens Nikon 85mm f 1.8 I think this one is sharper and ...
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How can I get correct focus when taking a self portrait with a DSLR?

Recently I purchased a Canon Rebel T5. I'm a high school student so this was in my budget. I enjoy taking picture of myself and putting them on Instagram... taking photos for my friends' parties and ...
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What is bokeh, exactly?

I understand that "bokeh" refers to out-of-focus areas of an image — but there is obviously more to it than that. What does the term mean exactly? How well is bokeh really understood? Is it purely ...
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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

I would like to know how to correct for the problem of capturing moving (or even stationary) birds amid foliage. Too often I end up with a blur even when I use a fast shutter under bright sunlight. ...
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How can I get tack-sharp portraits with the focus perfectly on my subject's eye?

How can I consistent achieve tack sharp images, when wanting to focus on eyes in a portrait? I am always using single focus and moving the focus point to the eye and recomposing if necessary. What ...
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How can I get my camera to focus on water dropping?

Here is how I have my DIY style setup: Water is dropping where the coin is, I put the coin there with the hope that it can focus on the coin but it couldn't. I am on AF-S , S and use AF-ON button ...
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Best focusing techniques with sony a7r

I've been using the Sony A7r for a few days. I mostly do landscape and street photography, but I enjoy studio/modeling as well. With modeling I normally use the focus and recompose technique, ...
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How does ground glass work when focussing?

To use ground glass, I turn the focusing ring on my lens until the image becomes clear on the glass. But what is it about the glass that makes this work? What are the physics involved?
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How to achieve sharp focus on two subjects in a portrait with low depth of field? [duplicate]

I prefer to have a very narrow depth of field. Whenever I am focusing for portraits of too people standing near to each other, the focus-point-selected person is sharp, while the person standing next ...
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set manual focus distance [duplicate]

My nikon D3100 with 18-55 lense set to manual mode. How do i set the focus to 10.5 meters as required for a landscape photo using Hyperfocus calculation. The camera has a range setting for focus but ...
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How can I get maximum DoF with no distance markers?

I am aware of what hyperfocal distance is and the general principles behind it. However, most of the tutorials I have seen and read regarding it make use of lenses with focus distance indicators. ...
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Why don't we focus at the nearest hyperfocal distance to get everything in focus?

I came across this article, and it says that if we focus at a hyperfocal distance, then everything from half of hyperfocal distance to infinity will be in focus. Then why don't we set the focus ...
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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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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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Mamiya M645 Super not focusing right

A friend of mine gave me her M645 Super with the note that something's not right about it. Quickly realized that it doesn't focus right with it's 80mm lens. Basically you can't close focus within 5 ...