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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is “infinity focus”?

I have been reading a bit about astrophotography and the term infinity focus keeps coming up. What is infinity focus and how do you set the camera to infinity focus?
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Why is the battery required to manually focus through the viewfinder?

Is it normal that I can't manual focus any of my lenses on my 5D MK iii without having a battery inserted? I can focus on an object, and while looking through the view finder, remove the battery and ...
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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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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 18-55 mm Lens Focus Wheel Jammed

I accidentally dropped my Nikon D3200 with a 18-55 mm lens about a foot onto a hard carpet. It originally looked ok, however I soon realised it wasn't focusing. I saw that the focus wheel was jammed ...
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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 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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Why is manual focus off after installing a 45° split-prism focus screen?

I recently bought a new focus screen for my D5100. I installed it without any problems. But, if I manually focus with the screen it is not correct. A picture of something 30ft away is about a foot ...
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Diagnose a damaged lens from focus test results

I have a lens that gives perfectly decent results at f/22 and f/32. Here's its capture of an ISO 12233 test chart: It's not the sharpest lens I own, but whaddaya want, it's a quarter century old ...
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Does hyperfocal distance only apply to manual focussing?

At any given aperture and focal length, I can still focus on something near or something far away by simply touching the lcd on my dslr. Does that mean that because I may not be focussing at the ...
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Find focus and effective range of single focus camera

I have a cheap camera that is supposed to take videos underwater. It is a camera in a case that is set to a single focus. I checked the specs and it is a manual set focus camera. When I asked the ...
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Samsung NX1000 focus ring does not work, can't get off manual focus mode either

I bought a used Samsung NX1000 last night, everything is great but it's stuck on Manual Focus mode. The Single Auto-Focus [SAF] and Continuous Auto-Focus [CAF] are greyed out no matter what I try. ...
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How does autofocus confirm work with manual lenses?

When I was a kid my dad had an Olympus OM10, he had a bunch of lenses for it and I remember focusing was done with a special circle in the middle of the viewfinder, where you pointed it at the thing ...
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Why do I get blurry pictures at far distances, but sharp results up close?

I took this picture: https://www.flickr.com/photos/91552641@N06/15828810701/ and if you look at the details (like the trees on the right side) they are all kinds of muddy. I had the same experience ...