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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 ...


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 ...


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 do the same with my camera because it's a pain to focus manually (Olympus XA). I suggest that rather than just taking someone's word for it, that you play around with a DOF/hyperfocal calculator and see what is ideal based on your camera/lens combination or combinations. I use this one: DOF Master


It is true that for a camera with a 23mm lens and crop factor 1.52 (inferring from your 35mm) that at f/8 the hyperfocal distance is a little over 10 feet (closer to 11 actually). "Is it correct" is not the question you should be asking though. What do you want from your photos? Do you actually want to get the whole scene in focus from 5 feet beyond? Will ...

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