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Do separate autofocus motors exist for entry level Nikon DSLRs?

I have a Nikon D3200, which doesn't have an autofocus motor. Therefore, I'm mostly deterred by lenses that don't have focus motors in them. But the ones that do have it are much more expensive. Take ...
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How did photography work before auto-focus was invented?

Having just spent some time reading questions about auto-focus, I came up with a question of my own: How did cameras even work before auto-focus technology was invented? Presumably everybody used ...
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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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What are some alternatives if you don't have a flip screen in your camera?

I have a dslr camera which does not have a flip screen. So in situations where i want to take a shot from very low angle, It is very hard, compared to the flip screen available situation. Is there any ...
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Disadvantages of split-prism focusing screens?

I'm considering getting a microprism focusing screen for my Nikon d3000 (specifically, the KatzEye). Hopefully this will help tremendously with manual focusing, but I suspect there must be some ...
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Why do some lenses focus past infinity? [duplicate]

On the kit 18-55 lens that came with my Nikon D5100 I have noticed that when trying to focus on infinity for shots in dark conditions (star-trails, etc) the lens tends to move past infinity out of ...
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Why are photos taken with my old lenses all out of focus on my new Nikon D5300 body?

My Nikon D80 died, and I was bought a new D5300, body only. All the photographs are out of focus when I use the lenses I used with my D80. Why would this be? I'm using the Sigma 18-50 f/3.5-5.6 DC, ...
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Do focusing screens exist for modern DSLRs?

Recently I bought a second hand Nikon EM. I found that these analog cameras used a very neat trick to focus. After some googling I found that this is called the "focusing screen". Do focusing ...
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What is a focusing screen?

I've seen a couple other questions such as this one talk about focusing screens. What is a focusing screen? Where is it located?
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How do you manually focus accurately without a focusing screen?

I have a Canon 1000D and it doesn't come with a focusing screen. Sometimes my camera cannot focus in low-light. I'd like to manually focus, but without a focusing screen I haven't been able to do it ...
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Does the Sigma 70-300 AF-D work on the Nikon D3200?

When I mount the lens the camera asks me to set the aperture to the lowest setting and lock the ring. When I lock the ring the lens works but the auto focus is non existent. The seller on eBay that I ...
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What are the differences between different types of focusing screens?

I've seen some focusing screen questions, but I can't seem to find a general question, so I'll go ahead and ask. Over the years, there have been different focusing screens and I'll list some below. ...
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Can viewfinder type make an appreciable difference in manual focus?

I have a few old vintage lenses that I love to shoot with on my Canon T3. The obvious disadvantage is the challenge of getting sharply focuses images while focusing manually. I have great vision, but ...
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Supermoon: In focus and Out of focus

In focus moon Tonight I took several pictures of the Super Moon, I am a novice practicing in manual mode. Can someone explain why these photos are drastically different. The out of focus was shot ...
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Will a AF VR_Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D lens work on a Nikon D3400?

I have a AF VR_Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D that I use with my Nikon carmera. I am looking at purchasing a Nikon D3400. Will this lens work on the D3400?

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