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Questions tagged [autofocus]

Autofocus is the ability of a camera/lens system to automatically adjust the focus of the lens via a motor attached to the focus group of the lens. Contrast with manual focus.

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Canon 50mm 1.8 lens not autofocusing on *one* camera

I have a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens than when attached to my 100d doesn't autofocus. I presumed the motor had gone on the lens, as it had previously worked fine A friend has recently let me ...
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Are focus-peaking MF and contrast-based AF susceptible to being misled by metallic reflections?

Wondering about some shots that went wrong, which were shot with focus peaking and manual focus, and where there were metallic/mirror-reflective highlights (think scenes with crumpled car wrecks or ...
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How does autofocus micro adjustment (AFMA) really work?

One of my answers was edited to include autofocus micro adjustment (AFMA) as a camera choosing criterion. The edit linked to another answer explaining the AFMA more. My understanding of autofocus is ...
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Which camera (and lens) mode or settings for moving subjects?

So for the first time, I've been shooting moving subjects. I've got a new camera and a lot of stress, so I barely had time to set it up completely before the shoot (nothing professional though anyway)....
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Is it normal for EF 24-105/4L IS to autofocus when switched to manual focus?

I'm using a Canon 6D mark II. I recently got a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L. I wanted to try using manual focus, so I switched the lens to manual focus, but it keeps auto focusing when I half press shutter ...
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Canon EOS 60D will not focus accurately [duplicate]

I have an EOS 60D that has had intermittent focusing issues since a purchased it. I primarily use the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I also have a new Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a ...
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Does near infrared AF assist light work with sensor based autofocus?

Some flashes, cameras and wireless flash triggers (like Canon ST-E2) have a near infrared AF assist light that is invisible to the human eye. My understanding is that his AF assist light works at ...
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What to do with a Nikon D750 body that when switching lenses won't autofocus?

There was another similar question out there and one of the responders commented there was and he got his camera body replaced. I've been having the same issue with my new nikon just bought in January....
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How does a DSLR measure brightness and sharpness of an image?

In mirrorless cameras, light reaches the image sensor all the time, so this data can be used by the camera to determine the correct focus, shutter time, aperture and ISO. Makes sense so far. However ...
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Is it normal to see focus inconsistency frame-to-frame with an f/1.4 lens?

I have the Nikon Sigma 85mm 1.4 and I've noticed some inconsistency with focus. I setup a tripod, and a lens calibration card in an attempt to micro adjust the focus. However, what I noticed was that ...
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How to change auto-focus point in Auto mode on Fujifilm X-T20?

When I set my Fujifilm to AUTO mode, the focus points area seem to be only at the center of the screen. Is there a way to make this to cover the whole area? So that if my subject is at the edges, it ...
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What is “focus distance lower/upper” and how is it different from depth of field?

I have taken two photographs on a Canon crop sensor camera: 18mm f/9 with the following exiftool output (the focus was approximately at 3.5 meters): Focus Distance Upper : 5.27 m Focus ...
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Are the autofocus parameters independent from the selected case?

The behavior of Canon's AI Servo AF autofocus can be modified by choosing one of six presets, and can be customized further by adjusting the Tracking sensitivity, Acceleration/deceleration tracking ...
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650D and AF chip

Recently bought a PK-EOS ring adaptor for my older Pentax K lenses. Went with one that has an AF confirm chip. Chip causes "Communications error" and locks all camera functions. I've discovered that ...
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How sharp are RAW photos before processing?

Are RAW images by nature slightly blurry prior to processing? If I open them up in Lightroom and zoom into the photo, my photos are not tack sharp but a bit blurry. Once I process, it comes out ...
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Best settings to focus in low light and low contrast condition

I have been shooting for several years in the north of Canada and I notice that I don't get a really high percentage of keeper when using my Canon 100-400 Mk II or 70-200 F2.8 Mk II with either 5DIV ...
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Nikon D750 Lens Mounting Issue

I bought a Nikon D750 during the 2017 Black Friday and the camera is just out of manufacturer warranty. I am having a weird issue with my Nikon D750. With the original 24-120mm Nikkor lens, I am ...
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Does EOS utility fully work with other (non canon) lenses?

I only used canon lenses with EOS Utility before and now I'm looking to buy a new sigma lens. My question is: would fine focus adjustments when shooting tethered still work with other lenses? Edit: ...
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Will a faster lens help getting a better (faster/more accurate) focus? [duplicate]

I read that with some cameras (but which?), using an f/2.8 lens or faster enables a more sensitive phase AF point, so there is quantum jump in AF accuracy. But that's not really my question :) My ...
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Why are Nikon Cameras not widely used to shoot video as compared to Canon/Sony? [closed]

I am new to the photography, and I use a Nikon D3400 and 18-55 VR kit lens for casual photography and once in a while I shoot video in 1080 60p. But everywhere in youtube I see people saying that ...
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Why is my Canon 70D's liveview autofocus much worse than the viewfinder's?

First of all I came across these questions already: My viewfinder won't autofocus but live view focuses well Canon 600D Autofocus not working when using view finder but working in live-view Why is my ...
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AF tune first time help

I've purchased a second hand Nikon D810 and have recently started discovering a few focus problems. Since i shoot alot of theatre and things get printed big quite alot, having things with precise ...
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How do i return my nikon d3100 back to auto focussing with the shutter?

I tried back button focussing with my nikon d3100 by going to the button section of the setup menu and pressing ok for the AF-ON button. I now want to return to autofoccusing with the shutter but don'...
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Autofocus issue in liveview for Tamron 70-300mm

I have been facing autofocus issue with Tamron 70-300mm VC USM lens on Nikon D5300. The camera autofocuses fine through viewfinder but it is not able to autofocus at all in liveview, the lens just ...
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Which mirrorless configuration would be faster in low light (ISO 3200)?

I shoot indoor sports (arena) and I am planning to buy new mirrorless equipment. My typical shooting parameters are 1/250sec, 200mm, F4, ISO 3200 using an entry-level APS-C DSLR. AF (speed and ...
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Why does my superzoom lens sometimes miss focus?

I've got a Nikon D7500 with the AF-S DX 18-300mm zoom, a combination I love. I do a lot of outdoor photography and find myself switching between wide angle and telephoto repeatedly as different shots ...
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Are there autofocus-enabled adapters for Olympus lenses on Canon EOS cameras?

Fairly new to photography so forgive my foolishness before calling me out, I already know. I bought a Olympus 50mm F1.8 lens thinking it was a manual focus but when I received it I realized I misread ...
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Focused properly and microadjusted lens give blurry image on Canon 80D and quite fine detail on 350D

I'm an unhappy owner of brand new Canon 80D. I still have 350D which served me for nearly a decade. I use the same 24-105 1:4 L IS lens with both of them. It turned out that lens is blurry. I've ...
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Why are subject's eyes out of focus with EF 28-70mm F2.8 L?

I purchased an older 28-70mm F2.8 L Series lens. I'm trying to use it to take portraits on a Canon 5D Mark III. However, when I use autofocus at 70mm, the eyes are not in focus and the face seems ...
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Can I adjust the autofocusing of my Canon 6D Mk II myself?

So I took my 6D II into CPS for service. It was front focusing pretty hard and I couldn't get it micro adjusted. Canon sent an invoice stating exactly "focus points are off, unit is front focusing, ...
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Why does my lens only autofocus when I have a teleconverter attached?

My Nikon 500mm f/4 AF-S D IF II lens won't auto focus on a Nikon D500 until I attach a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter — then it autofocuses fine. Does anyone know what's going on?
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Does on-sensor phase detection autofocus need adjustment for accuracy?

Is autofocus adjustment actually no longer required with on-imaging-sensor autofocus that's phase-detection only i.e. not relying on contrast detection? If not, why? How does lens autofocus adjustment ...
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What equipment would be best for a new photographer, interested in macro nature photography?

I recently started a photography class and I really like it, and I want to start taking photos outside of school with my own camera but I don’t know what to get. I love taking close up pictures of ...
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Can Magic Lantern provide missing Autofocus Microadjustment (AFMA)?

I want to upgrade my Canon DSLR to either a 50D or 550D. The only thing that I find really lacking in the 550D is autofocus microadjustment (AFMA), but there is free Magic Lantern software, which I do ...
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Can Magic Lantern provide AFMA on an EOS 77D?

I want to upgrade my Canon DSLR to either an 80D or 77D. The only thing that I find really lacking in the 77D is AFMA, but there is free Magic Lantern software. Can I safely assume, in practical terms,...
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Auto Focus Lamp: Nikon

I don't know what happened but my AF lamp doesn't work any more. The bulb is not burnt out because it flickers when \i tested it with the 10 second timer. The problem comes when I'm trying to find ...
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How to set “release priority” rather than “focus priority” on Canon DSLR?

FujiFilm X-Series cameras can be set for focus priority or release priority. This controls the camera behavior when AF cannot lock. On focus priority, the shutter will not release. On release priority,...
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How to accurately determine the size of a nearby object (~15cm) using the autofocus focus distance?

The problem I'm trying to determine the size of an object using the focus distance determined by the autofocus of a smartphone camera (Galaxy Note 8). But I don't seem to be able to get an accurate ...
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Nikon only allows single photo in auto mode or if flash is used

Basically what is happening is if I start my Nikon D5300 in AUTO and take a picture it will only allow me to take that one picture and not allow me to take another picture at all. The autofocus stops ...
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How to prevent autofocus but retain tethered focus control?

I'm using Darktable (on Linux) with Canon 1100D in tethered shooting mode. I found out that from live view section I can control focus in big or small steps. This all works nicely, and I can see the ...
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How to diagnose old Canon EF 35-105mm lens with autofocus motor too weak to reliably rotate lens barrel?

I bought a couple of old Canon EF lenses and they are very slow at autofocusing on my 350D. The worst offender is the EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM. This lens regularly gives up moving the barrel after a ...
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Does time lapse of the sun damage the auto-focus sensors or components of a DSLR?

This question is not about the main imaging sensor, but about the autofocus sensors and circuits on a DSLR. I read that sunlight may damage the shutter or the main sensor. But when using the DSLR, ...
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Autofocus Sigma 17-70 Macro OS HSM not working on D3300

I've purchased a used Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM for my Nikon D3300. It appears to work fine, with one exception: the autofocus. I've checked the switch on the lens and it is set to AF. However, ...
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Sigma DC 18-250mm Macro HSM Lens Autofocus not locking to let me click the picture

I was travelling on a trip with my camera. One day I was using my Sigma DC 18-250mm Macro HSM lens on Canon 70D in autofocus mode to take a picture. When I pressed my shutter button halfway to focus ...
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Why is my Canon 500D able to autofocus only after I manually focus it to the shortest focus distance?

While on holiday, my Canon 500D with EF-S 18-55mm lens stopped autofocusing at all. After fiddling, I’ve discovered that it only focuses when I manually turn the focus to as close up as possible, ...
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How to focus Nikon cameras in low light?

I've been using my Nikon Df every day for 2 years now, and I still can't figure out focusing, especially in low light. Focusing in low light is slow, and sometimes does not work. Sometimes focus will ...
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Why does my “ultrasonic” lens have trouble focusing in low-light and low-contrast scenes?

Passive autofocus systems like contrast detection and phase detection don't work well in low-light environments and on low-contrast areas. But I have a lens that says "ULTRASONIC" on it, and it ...
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How to get more pin sharp shots with a lens known for inaccurate autofocus?

I have the Tamron 70-200/2.8 Macro lens (used on a Nikon D800), which is known for its inaccurate autofocus. Since I cannot rely on the lens to achieve accurate focus every time, the rational thing to ...
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Losing sharpness - lens AF broken? [duplicate]

I have an 10 year old camera (Canon 400D) and primarily use a fixed Canon 1.8 50mm lens. This weekend I was using it and noticed most of my photos with that lens looking blurry and unfocused. Over ...
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My DSLR's autofocus doesn't work after I dropped it — how can I narrow down the problem?

If I try to focus by the shutter button the image doesn't change, even in live view (and I'm not be able to shot a picture). But if I hold the "AE-L/AF-L" button and click the shutter button I'm able ...