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Manual focus is the direct control of a camera/lens's focus by the photographer. This is generally accomplished by turning a focus ring which is mechanically coupled to the lens's focus, but some cameras without focus rings allow manual control over the autofocus motor.

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Is using live view for accurate manual focusing really better?

Commonly I hear of landscape photographer who rely on live view to focus now. The process I use is: Tripod mount the camera Switch lens to manual focus Enter Live View Live View zoom to maximum ...
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Why don't DSLRs come equipped with “classic” focusing screens (split prism, etc)?

I have a hard time manual focusing my Canon EOS 350D. Compared to the few higher spec DSLRs that I played with, and that have a pentaprism, my Rebel's (pentamirror) viewfinder feels crammed and ...
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How does one get manual focus right with a fast-aperture lens?

I have got an old lens (f1.4) that I have to use only with manual focus on a DSLR. Well, it is difficult for me to get the subject on focus. Although on focus according to the viewfinder, the actual ...
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Is it safe to manually-focus the Nikon 18-105 while in autofocus mode?

There are only A and M settings, no A/M. but I just noticed that Nikon website has mentioned three focus modes for this lens: Auto, Manual and Manual/Auto I'm confused if this is only a typo or is it ...
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Automatic vs Manual Focus [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is manual focus better than autofocus? Perhaps this question has been asked before. I understand that in some cases, automatic focus cannot be used, for example, ...
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When is manual focus better than autofocus?

We all know that autofocus is very convenient for everyday shooting, especially on cameras with tiny viewfinders that make manual focus difficult (like my Nikon d3000). However, just like the ...
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Autofocus performance of different brands at night

Are there huge differences in the ability to focus in low light between different brands and models? I have a Pentax Kx with a Sigma 30mm 1.4. My problem is, that the camera's autofocus does not work ...
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Easier ways to pre focus a distance on a lens without manual focusing meter?

In applying zone focus(focusing at particular distance in advance, before the subject comes in) to shoot a bike that will come into frame, how do I correctly focus at a particular distance with a lens ...
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How to set AF in night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? Recently I went on a night forest safari trip with my Canon 1100D. I had put the camera in manual mode ...
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Is there a way to turn off the focus point display on a D7000 when a manual lens is mounted?

I recently got a Katzeye focusing screen for my D7000. Since my favorite lenses are all manual focus, I'm really enjoying this. Unfortunately, my D7000 helpfully puts a focus point on the focusing ...
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Can I use a Fuji HS30 as a training camera before buying a real dslr camera?

I am thinking about buying a Fuji HS30 to my wife, so she can start shooting on full manual, before investing in a dslr and some lenses. Do focus ring and zoom ring in Fuji HS30 behave like a dslr ...
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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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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear ...
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Tips to manually focus sharply with viewfinder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one get manual focus right with a fast-aperture lens? I feel difficult to manually focus via the view finder because of its small size.Its seems to be in good ...
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How does a fly-by-wire focusing lens work?

I have learnt that fly-by-wire focusing is an electrical manual focusing system. But how does this focusing method work? How do you manually focus with fly-by-wire? What is the scope of this ...
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Pentax DA L lens focusing scale? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? I have a Pentax K-r with the kit DA L 18-55 and a prime DA 35. As far as I'm concerned, they are good ...
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Manual focus in Nikon Coolpix P7100

Is it possible to focus manually with Nikon Coolpix P7100? I put my camera on a tripod and tried to make photos of full moon this night, however the camera is unable to find focus on the Moon and all ...
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Fixing F number in Manual Focus 50mm lens on a D7000

I have a 50mm f/1.2, this lens: http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/1435/NIKKOR-50mm-f%252F1.2.html that I got used from a guy I know. When I mounted it in my D7000 though, ...
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I almost cannot switch to manual focus on my Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens

Usually troubles with autofocus are related to a non working AF. I've got the opposite issue: AF is working too well. Actually, it is ALWAYS working, and I cannot turn it of. Even when I switch to ...
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Image blurry when split image is aligned in the focusing screen

I just bought a used Vivitar V3800N with a Vivitar 50mm 1.7 lens for an intro photography course. I'm coming from a fully-automatic D60, so this fully-manual camera feels really alien to me. I'm ...
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How do I manually focus my macro in poor lighting conditions?

I'm using my Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro handheld all the time together with a flash rig and it works wonders. Most of the time I have an Eg-S focusing screen installed as well which makes it even easier ...
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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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How can a teleconverter allow manual focus lenses to autofocus?

I've found that some discontinued teleconverters, such as the Pentax F 1.7x AF Adapter and Nikon TC16A, enable autofocus with manual focus lenses. How is this possible? Does this system have any ...
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How can I find infinity focus on a kit lens with no markers?

I have a kit lens which has no markers. What would be a recommended way to find infinity focus on this lens? I plan to shoot objects at night -- not necessarily stars or the moon. So, adjusting the ...
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Does my SLR have an indicator to help me use manual focus quickly and accurately?

I have Nikon D5000 which lacks in-body focus motor. I also have imperfect vision. When trying to manual-focus, results are not perfect. I could save a fortune by buying AF rather than AF-S lenses. ...
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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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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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How can I accurately focus manually on an APS-C DSLR?

My favorite portrait lens is the Nikon 50mm 1.4G. I love the light and what it is capable of. My problem with it is that on my D90 the AF is sometimes horribly slow, and in many cases (mainly low ...
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What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
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'Bokeh' effect with autofocus switched off in manual mode (Nikon-D90)

I want to understand how focusing works in Manual mode in my D90. I switched off the autofocus buttons in the Kit lens and the camera body. I have changed to the manual mode. Now, when I try to ...
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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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How to focus manually when you don't have a live view in the DSLR?

Nikon D3000 doesn't have a live view which means that the scene can't be seen on the LCD screen. So, how do you use the manual focus in such cases? Hit and trial, or is there a way out?
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Why does Zeiss manufacture only manual focus lenses?

I've heard that Zeiss's quality is very good/great but I'm also curious if it has anything to do with the "manual focus only". I have read this question but it only partly addresses my question. Is ...
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How do I use manual focus on my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS?

When I turn to manual focus setting in the camera, a bar appears on the right side of the screen which has measurements like 1 2 5 m. Increasing on decreasing that bar doesn't show any effects on the ...
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Which is better - autofocus and recompose vs. manual focus?

In some occasions autofocus doesn't focus what I intend it to. What is the better option - to use autofocus, focus what I want and recompose, or use manual focus in that situation?
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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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Is it possible to get a larger screen for live view, for precise manual focus?

I've been doing some test macro shots lately and it's been a pain to focus sharp. The macro lens already minimizes DoF and makes things hard but I've been thinking of an external screen that I can ...
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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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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 should I chose a manual focusing screen for my Pentax K10D?

I am considering buying a split focusing screen, replacing the original one. I would like to use some split/microprism screen to ease the focusing of the manual lenses. I own both kit lenses (18-55, ...
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In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way?

In film cameras with film advance levers, what happens if I don't crank the lever all the way? Will the lever 'remember' the last position it was at and keep the shutter button locked until I crank it ...
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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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How can I get everything in focus?

I have a Canon 550D with 70-200 f4 and 50mm prime lenses. Although the camera has built-in 9 focal points, I sometimes face a strange problem. Here's a sample photo: In reference to the above pic, ...
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Photography concepts using SX20

I've bought a Powershot sx20 half a year ago and I'm quite happy with it although I know it doesn't compare to a DSLR. I've learning photography on my own: bought a 58mm ring and some filters (cpl, ...
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When would one need manual focus override?

In lens reviews, ability to override auto-focus manually is often referred to as a good (and important) feature. I have rarely, if ever used that feature, so I feel I might be missing out on an ...
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Can manual focus be faster than autofocus?

Recently I've gotten into street photography, and I've noticed there are some situations where it is technically impossible to autofocus, to be precise, when you have moving objects and don't want to ...
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How to I enable focus indication when focusing manually?

I've read that it is possible to have a lamp lit up when your picture is in focus when you are focussing manually. How do I enable this feature on a Canon 5D MkII?
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Light meter adjustment for a manual focusing screen

Katz Eye has replacement focusing screens for semipro Canon cameras, but they do affect the light meter in some situations. I am rather fond of using my spot meter, but am annoyed by the effects of ...
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How can I improve focus using both manual and auto on a candle flame?

I got my new tripod and 50mm F/1.4 sigma on my Nikon D7000 and was testing it out doing some shots of a flame on a candle. The below image is the sharpest i was able to produce. In review of my 50+ ...
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Problem in using 70-300mm non VR lens with Nikon D5000

I am finding it quite difficult to use my 70-300 Manual focus non-VR lens with D5000. Learnt it from experts that 70-300 non VR lens does not perform well with D5k though the lens mounts on this body! ...