New answers tagged autofocus
The images are obviously front focused. If it happens consistently with more lenses (not just one) then it is the body; if you can't compensate it enough with AF Fine (as it seems) you need to send in the camera for calibration...and hope it's not too expensive if your camera is not under warranty. On the other hand, if it happens so heavily just with the ...
Is the lack of AF Motor on the Nikon D5100 an important factor? It depends. On what lenses you want to use, and what you like to shoot. If you are mostly shooting stationary subjects (landscapes, portraits, still lifes, etc.) that give you time to manually focus, autofocus may not be something you necessarily need. Photographers got by without autofocus ...
I think this may help though I'm not sure what mode you currently have set... make sure that the AF-Area setting is on "Single Point" (pg45 of the user manual). I believe using any of the other AF-Area modes may mess up the feature. The manual seems to indicate that the functionality you desire should work. I have a D7000, and it does not have the issue ...
As the question you've linked to says, this is a limitation of the camera. A workaround would be to flip the lens into manual focus after you get what you want with the focus-and-recompose method. That's an annoying extra step, but at least it will work.
D7000 Manual (p99) clearly states that having the lens on "M" while having the body on "AF" can cause damage to the camera. It does not say in what order the switches should be set so the safest procedure might be to turn the camera to the "off" position while setting the two switches.
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