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Focus is the mechanism of converging light from a point light source onto an imaging plane by a lens.

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What could cause the focus to be off in some images and not others?

I took a number of photos like the one here. Each was at the same settings but each time I asked the camera to focus (with a single focus point) and the focus point right on the girls face. The ...
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Calibrating a lens…is auto focus less reliable when zoomed?

So, I'm calibrating my lenses to a new camera body, a 5D Mark IV. When calibrating my 70-200 ƒ2.8 (version 1), I found that the focus was accurate at 70mm. However, when I calibrated it at the 200mm ...
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Is a Siemens star, printed with laser printer, suficiant for sharpness testing?

I have a Samsung SCX-4600 and I decided to make a Siemens star out of it using an A4 paper with vector to very high resolution PNG illustrations. Is it an decent choice? How will it compare to a ...
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Are internal focusing primes actually uncompensated varifocal lenses?

If I shorten the focal length of a lens without taking any other measures, that will reduce the required flange distance for infinity focus - meaning that if the actual flange distance is not changed, ...
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Why can't I turn the focus ring on my Vivitar 100-300mm far enough to get infinity focus?

I recently bought VIVITAR 100-300mm F5.6-6.7 macro zoom. I use it with Nikon D70S. Here is my problem. When distance between my D70S with VIVITAR and object of photography is 15meters and more, I can ...
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Does the autofocus system look through the lenses?

I have a doubt about the effect of putting a filter (polarizer, UV etc) on the autofocus system. In theory, a lens which is put in front of the lens will affect the focus (we must set a different ...
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Why doesn't lens focus after turning focusing ring while set to autofocus?

My brother tried my new camera and was turning the focusing ring quite harshly on auto focus. (50mm canon lens) I’ve read multiple similar questions but nothing is quite what I mean. Ever since my ...
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If I swap cameras, will my lens keep appropriate focus?

I'll be going to a place where the night sky is quite nice to photograph. I plan on taking a star trail long exposure shot with a Canon 3000N, an analog camera. I'm pretty sure it won't be able to ...
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Reason for offset in lens/sensor and tripod mount?

I have noticed that my Canon Powershot G11 tripod mount is more in the center of the body of the camera and not aligned with the lens/sensor. Is there a reason for this? My concern is that as I rotate ...
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Why is there a maximum focus distance when using an extension tube? [duplicate]

I am using the Nikon D850 together with the Sigma 50mm/1.4 Art and the MEIKE MK-N-AF1-A extension tube(s). During first shots I found out that the combination not only has a minimum focus distance (...
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Are electronically parfocal RF lenses parfocal enough for fireworks photography with zoom?

Within a month or so, it's the first time I'll see fireworks as an owner of a good camera and naturally I'm planning to take photographs of them. By researching various fireworks photography sources, ...
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Is it best to use a wide aperture when I'm focusing at infinity and depth of field is not a concern?

If I shoot at f1.4, I can easily separate my subject from background due to the shallow DoF. In the case where I turn the focus to infinity at f1.4, I will have everything in focus, except the ...
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Can we prove that the object is not tilted from photo(s)?

This is an image of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. Can we from this image, or from combination of images available online say with a certain degree of confidence (prove?) that this red circled minaret is ...
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AF Fine-tune zoom lenses?

How do you fix / fine-tune the focus on a zoom lens? Nikon states The D850 can fine-tune autofocus automatically. The results can be used with all lenses of the same type. But does it also mean ...
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Focus in Analog and Digital Cameras [duplicate]

Why a subject not in focus in the viewfinder of an analog camera is seen as two misaligned half circles, while in that of a digital camera is evenly blurred?
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Why can't my custom camera body focus to far distances?

I have built a custom optical device that uses a standard C-mount lens as found on CCTV cameras. Wikipedia states that the flange-to-film distance of a C-mount lens is 17.526 millimetres. I have ...
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What affects tripod stability?

I have a Vanguard Veo 2 265 CB tripod. I really like it and it has been performing, but lately I am trying to get my pictures as sharp as I can get and I noticed something. It must be trivial to ask,...
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Would it be viable to use my camera as a low power microscope?

I sometimes do pcb soldering and it is useful to have a microscope on hand with zoom of anywhere between 7x-12x to view the tiny components. I don't really want to spend several hundred dollars on a ...
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Back-focusing with Canon 7D2 body and Sigma 50mm art lens: is the Sigma USB dock the solution?

I just bought a second hand Sigma lens (50mm Art f/1.4) for my Canon 7D2 body (Mark II). This combination yields a very serious back-focus problem: With no micro-ajustements correction on my body, ...
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How to focus old manual viewfinder cameras?

I recently got two really old cameras, and I'm lost. The cameras are an Agfa Silette, and a Welta Weltax. I expected the cameras to have a focusing mechanism similar to rangefinger cameras, or split-...
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Nikon D5200 no longer focuses

It used to be that on my Nikon D5200 camera holding down the shoot button halfway the viewfinder would show green dots and it would focus nicely. Now after resetting the camera settings, replacing ...
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Focus issues even when using Single-Point [duplicate]

I have been noticing, even if I use AF-S with Single-Point focus and set the focus on the eye of the bird, still the final photo either comes out blurred or has less details. Someone in a response to ...
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Why aren't faces sharp in my f/1.8 portraits even though I'm carefully using center-point autofocus?

I love my Canon Rebel T6 and take portrait pictures in Av mode with a 50mm in 1.8 Av. I'm using auto focus in the 'focus on center point' mode. I make sure that the center point focuses on the face so ...
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How do I find infinity focus with a kit lens when there's not enough light for optical verification? [duplicate]

I have a D7200 which I want to use at long distances in low light photography. The kit lens, a 18-140 does not have focus markers on it. Furthermore, the focus ring does not stop hard at any point. ...
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How can a subject stay in focus if the shot is recomposed afterwards?

I have a doubt about a procedure that I see many photographers continuously apply and they taught me. I see that, when they want to take a picture with their reflex, they do this sequence of steps: 1)...
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How to set focus when subject is more than one object?

I have taken a photo with men dancing in a group. It was rejected by an agency stating: "The main subject is not in focus and grain noticed in the photo". Below I am giving the cropped image. Since ...
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How to identify main subject of the photo and set focus?

I am using Nikon D5600. While on street photo shoot, I clicked a couple of photos and submitted on one of the stock photo website. Few photos got approved whereas few were rejected with a comment. ...
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What makes these white stars appear black?

This is partial screenshot from an episode of the TV (Netflix) show Daredevil (season 2, episode 7): Note how the normally white stars of the US flag are showing up as black - albeit quite out of ...
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How do fixed lenses “focus” on things at different distances? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand depth of field and I'm struggling. If I'm playing with a 50mm fixed lens, and I alter its focus using the little ring around the lens, what is actually changing in terms of ...
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Why do I get so many unsharp pictures with my Canon 70-200 IS f/2.8?

Please take a look at the picture below. You can see where the focus point was thanks to a LR plugin. But the image is unsharp - again. And yes, I'm sure the dog was standing still enough for 1/250 ...
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Focusing issues on live view - Nikon D750 w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

On a heavily used Nikon D750 w/ AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED: When using live vision, ussualy while holding the camera up over my head, autofocus focuses nowhere. This happens right after having ...
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Is minimum focus distance (MFD) really minimum?

On my prime lense the barrel shows the "minimum" focus distance (MFD). According to the definition you find on internet you cannot focus an object closer to this distance (measure from the sensor ...
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Canon EOS80D would not focus [duplicate]

While in manual mode with auto focus, could not get the camera to focus for night astrophotography. Tried different combinations of ISO, TV and AV. I noticed that the EV was all the way to the right....
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When using Back Button Auto Focus, do I release the button before shooting a sequence, or hold it down?

When shooting moving subjects (Sports), am I suppose to keep the back button AF pressed during a sequence of shots? Or do I press til it focuses, and then let go and shoot a sequence? Thank you in ...
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Can hyperfocal distance be used to keep everyone in focus in group photography?

If you have different sets of people standing at different linear distances from the camera can we use the theory of hyperfocal distance to ensure sharp focus on all subjects? Conversely does being "...
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What is the Job of second lens in dual camera Mobile phones

Somewhere I read that two lenses are required to create a DSLR effect- Blurring the background. But today I read, the Aperture size is responsible for blurring the background, So any lens (single ...
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DSLR lens image inversion?

 Out of simple curiosity, do DSLR cameras produce an inverted image on the sensor, with the image being flipped by software?  I've dabbled with astronomy prior to my current interest in ...
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Is there any mirrorless camera that can mark areas within DoF in the EVF?

All mirrorless cameras have the image in the rear LCD and the electronic viewfinder (EVF) fully generated by a computer, making many utilities such as noise removal, text overlays, histograms, etc ...
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Would adding an external lens allow one area outside the focal plane to be in focus?

I’m doing high speed scientific imaging. I have a camera mounted in a fixed location with a Micro Nikkor 105mm lens. It’s viewing a fixed subject that has a small mirror oriented 45 degrees underneath ...
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How can I tell whether or not a lens has focus breathing?

So recently I got a 90mm macro lens, installed a focus bracketing app onto my camera and let it run. Unfortunately, turned out that this lens has focus breathing which means the actual zoom level in ...
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Is the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens parfocal or not?

I read a review of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. It said: Focus shifts while zooming. Zoom before you focus. Surprised by this (I don't recall ever seeing the focus scale shift while ...
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Does image quality of the lens affect “focus and recompose” technique?

As I understand it, 'focus and recompose' is often used to ensure the subject is in focus and at the same time composition is right. It has been estimated that some lenses are best in terms of image ...
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Is this the limit of the camera image quality or is the subject out of focus?

I'm using the "macro" mode in the Powershot G9X II. The macro mode is simply a shorter focus range, there is no magnification in place, like in aftermarket macro lenses for DSLR's. I've shot many ...
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What units are used for zoom and focus distance for the varifocal Dahua camera? [closed]

I've been working with an industrial Dahua camera and since I do not have a full model of how the camera works (and because I'm a complete newbie to cameras in general), a few elements are still ...
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How to perform non-center focusing using common film SLR camera?

I have a Nikon FM2 camera with Nikkor 50/1.4D lens. Is there a way to focus on the area that is not center? This can be easily done with digital camera as Nikon D750, where we can just use focus ...
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How to find an angle and a distance for clicking picture of a distorted artwork to achieve 3D effect?

If you know about 3D pencil artworks, you would know people draw it distorted (generally length is enlarged i.e., stretched from bottom to top) first and then click a picture at some angle (30-40 ...
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Everything in focus with d750 [duplicate]

as you can see the flowers are not focused, I cannot focus everything, I have to chose the squirrel or the flowers, is it normal? THANK you D750 28-300
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New camera won't focus while zoomed in, old one focuses perfectly. Why? [duplicate]

I take photos of computer hardware for sale on ebay. I had been borrowing a camera for photos (Olympus SZ-16) and the camera will be able to focus while very zoomed in to a device while relatively ...
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How can I preview depth of field on my Canon M50?

I recently bought a Canon M50, and it's actually my first time ever taking pictures with a camera other than my phone, so I'm super noob. Today I was playing around with my M50, trying different ...
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My camera won't focus on close objects [duplicate]

Hi my EOS 6d mark ii camera will not focus when I am trying to get a close up photo but will focus on a far away object. Please help.

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