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There is an AF/MF | AEL switch on my Sony α7R II. If I switch this to AF/MF, and then press the button inside the switch, nothing happens on the viewfinder screen or back panel screen.

How do I turn on manual focus for a Sony α7R II?

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From the online manual:

You can easily switch the focusing mode from auto to manual and vice versa while shooting without changing your holding position.

Switch the AF/MF/AEL switch lever to the AF/MF position, then press the AF/MF button.

During auto focus: Temporarily switches the focusing mode to manual. Adjust the focus while the AF/MF button is being held down.

During manual focus: Temporarily switches the focusing mode to auto while the AF/MF button is held down, and locks the focus.

Hint: If you select [AF/MF Ctrl Toggle] in [AF/MF Button] under [Custom Key Settings], the focusing mode remains switched even if you remove your finger from the button.

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