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The best thing to do is to manually select the focus point closest to what you want to be the point of focus, and if necessary recompose only slightly from there. That's because turning the camera to recompose moves the plane of focus more than you might think — see this answer for a nice diagram. Typically, with portraits, focusing on the eyes is ...


What if I set my lens to Auto focus... Assuming you are focussing on stars bright enough for your autofocus to pick up. If not try to focus on the moon or some other bright object in the distance with autofocus. Since stars and star trails are very faint, to capture them properly throughout the frame you are fighting against two competing factors ...


Hummmm.... well this will be a little bit hard to explain, but if you'll read what I'll link and write then you'll understand it. You are a beginner, isn't it? :-) You want everything to be in focus like you get on a kit lens (18-135 etc). First you must understand the basic notions about Depth of Field (DoF) and Aperture. If you already know these ...


You can switch your AF to "One Shot" Mode. This will prevent continuous focussing. It will focus once you press the trigger halfway and then stay at that focal length until you release and press again.


If you have the luxury to focus with the center point and recompose, then this is your best solution. This is because the center point is the most sensible AF point and will nail the focus the best. Be sure tough to have enough DoF in order to catch the portrait in focus (unless of course if you want to achieve some special effects) and, also, focus ...


Your old D80 had a focus motor built into the body that connects to a mechanical coupling on Nikkor AF lenses to move the focus elements in the lens. Your D5300 does not have a focus motor in the body. To use autofocus your D5300 requires that you use Nikon AF-S or AF-I lenses or the equivalent third party lenses (such as Sigma's HSM or Tamron's USD and PZD ...


Selecting the autofocus point is covered on page 68 of the manual1: Selecting the AF point [...] Press the [AF point selection] button [...] Select the AF point Press the [4 way controller] to select the AF point While looking in the viewfinder, you can select the AF point by turning the [main command dial] until ...


This is a bit of an apples and oranges comparison, because the D610 is a full frame camera. isn't it more comfortable to have less focus points wider spread over the whole field instead of like 50 in a small area in the center? There are two different things here: number of af points spread of af points Now here's the thing: the af points of the ...


Depends on what you're shooting, but usually, yes, it is much better to have more focus points. There are cameras with just one focusing point (eg. Hasselblad) but usually, especially when you shoot action, you need more points because: focus in center & recompose is prone to error, blur and the delay which the movement of your hand introduces can ...


I am sorry, I have just made a typical mistake. I had not tried to erase all configuration data in the camera before asking (with the option in the menu). I though I had tried changing every related option but it seems I left one of them. Just restoring the configuration to preset values has made it magicly work. In the end I still don't know why it ...


The included documentation often does lack. I don't have that camera but you should be able to find further very detailed info on the Nikon website discussing each feature. Here's a couple links to get you started. They have a lot to offer there.


Does this camera support back-button autofocus? The reported behavior matches what my 6d does, sort of—I have it set to move AF from the shutter button to a button on the back, but green box overrides that setting and puts AF back on the shutter button.


Are you shooting in Live View? If so, to focus you should press the AE Lock button <*> on the back of the camera. Half pressing the shutter will not activate Auto Focus in Live View. If you are shooting using Live View and have Custom Function C.Fn-7 set to 0: Disable neither a half press of the shutter nor pressing the AE Lock button <*> will ...


Autofocus works when you turn on the AF on your lens and hold the shutter button half way down and let the camera do the trick. Have you tried that?

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