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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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How can I use AF+MF on Fujinon lenses with hard stop focus rings?

Fujifilm cameras have an AF+MF mode which autofocuses when the shutter button is half-depressed, then lets you correct it using the focus ring. However, some Fuji focus rings have hard stops, so you ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

New to macro photography. Shooting Nikon D5000 with 60 mm macro lens. In manual (or any P, A, S) what focusing mode should I use; i.e. Matrix, Spot or what? Are these "live" in Manual mode? I ...
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Can focus stacking (or a similar technique) also be used to reduce depth of field?

Instead of using multiple images focused at different points to extend the depth of field, can I also reduce it? Does a technique exist to reduce focal length by stacking multiple images that are ...
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What is the point of the Olympus E-620 infinity reset

In the manual, it states: RESET LENS When set to [ON], this resets the focus of the lens (infinity) each time the power is turned off. What does this mean? Does this mean that if I were to turn ...
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Recording a maths tutorial video with iPhone [closed]

I am making a series of maths video tutorials to put up on YouTube. I have made a wooden crane that position the iPhone above my desk looking down so that it captures an A4 sheet of paper. (I have ...
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Different colors of light are disrupting my focus. What lens feature minimizes this?

I took this photo with a Canon 50mm compact macro lens & Canon "life size converter", and it looked somewhat fuzzy. After separating out the RGB channels, it seems evident that the different ...
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Why are my sports team pictures fuzzy?

UPDATE: I added the largest jpeg files I could with the original tone, unedited except for a cropping and the change from RAW to jpeg. Thanks for everyone's advice!! This forum is awesome! I use a ...
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Are any photographers known to intentionally make “creative” use of front/back focus settings of a camera?

A couple of weeks back I was testing my lenses for front/back focus, and an idea struck me: it's entirely possible to setup the camera to constantly back or front focus, so to permanently change the ...
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Nikon focus and recompose: identifying behaviour on different models

My Nikon D3000 refuses to take a picture if I focus and recompose with the AE-L/AF-L button set to "AF ON". (The focus point is on an out-of-focus part of the image after I recompose, so the shutter ...
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How can I improve my soft-focus shots out of a moving vehicle?

I was shooting with a shutter speed of 1/4000, f/7, ISO 800, using a 70-300mm telephoto lens. I have been shooting through the windshield of my SUV. Is there a filter I can use to help me get better ...
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Focus change after switch off camera?

I am using a zoom lens. The focal length is adjusted to 70 mm with manual focus. I then switch off the camera. Will the focus change after i re-turn on the camera? Noted that focal length and zoom ...
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Focus issues in a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens

I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (without VR) and the pictures taken with it are not sharp and crisp as I think they should be. I use it with a Nikon D7200 that works perfectly with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ...
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How does refocusing in a dual lens work?

HTC One (M8) and the recent Huawei P9 offer dual lenses. This allows the option of refocussing after the picture has been clicked. Could someone explain how does that happen? How does the software ...
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How can I take portraits where more DoF appears in front of the subject than behind?

This photo has been processed, of course. More importantly, it seems that DoF is more on the front of the subject than on the rear side. What type of post-processing and lens is suitable for producing ...
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Any cameras move the sensor instead of lens elements for focus?

All the cameras that I'm aware of move lens elements to obtain focus, although I'm not familiar with the workings of in-phone cameras. It occurred to me this morning that you could also focus by ...
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How to more effectively stay in focus with a wide aperture (50mm/1.8)?

I've been experimenting with street photography lately and - while I'm getting some decent shots - my biggest pain point is staying in focus. For example: With the following subject, I nailed a ...
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Are focus and noise problems I see with my Nikon D80 simply because newer cameras are better?

I can't seem to get photos with good focus or without noise. Is it the fault of the Nikon D80?I have read that cameras only two or three years old have much better light sensors and that that is what ...
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Does focusing at infinity mean the sensor is at F?

According to thin lens optics, an object focused at infinity should correspond to the sensor position exactly at F, which is the focal length of the lens. It also means that the image of every point ...
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How can I meter and focus on different places of an image with a Canon DSLR?

I have a Canon 700D. I use the P mode (this way I can select a single focus point; I use the center one most times). I haven't changed any other setting. I raise the camera, focus on my subject (...
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Why does a manual focus lens have an autofocus motor?

Can someone explain to me why the Rokinon 24mm lens has a focus motor? Quoting from LensHero's page on the lens: Generic motor built-in focus motor From what I understand, only autofocus lenses ...
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How can I “unblur” these pics of the Northern Lights?

A total NOOB to photography here. I was in Tromsø, Norway this weekend and was lucky enough to capture some pictures of the lights. Now, when I say I'm a noob, I actually mean that I know very, VERY ...
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How do you take a picture without focusing?

So I've just started getting into photography. I'm currently experimenting with taking long exposure photos at night, but my house doesn't have the ideal surroundings for a good pic. Is there any way ...
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Why “plane of focus”? [duplicate]

The spatial locus on which a lens/camera focuses (and so appears sharpest in the resulting image) is always referred to as the "plane of focus". My question is why does it have to be a plane? As I ...
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How much does a step move the focusing ring?

Does anyone know about how much a lens step rotates the lens? I’m just after an approximation for field use. In other words you are out in the field and want to shoot a stack. My goal is to be able to ...
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How to focus at several locations at once? [duplicate]

I've seen pictures with several objects being in focus and others not in focus. How do I do that? When I focus my camera, lets say along a wall, only parts of the wall will be in focus. Here is a ...
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My photos are way too dark, must use 6000+ ISO inside

I have a problem. I recently got a new lens (18-105mm) and my pictures just gets dark. I am shooting in manual mode, I changed to automatic mode without flash and it got lighter. There must be a ...
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How can lens cause consistent front or back focus?

I can understand body focusing problems, but I can't imagine why lens might cause front or back focus. I have two third party manufacturer lenses for my Nikon: one is front-focusing, the other is back-...
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Getting a completely sharp bird when it is up close

Context So I know that Depth of Field (DoF) is controlled by your f-stop (aperture opening) of the lens in question. Question Is it possible to get birds completely sharp when they are so close (8....
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Eyes rapidly defocus when taking pictures

I wear glasses for an astigmatism. When taking photos, I find that my eyes lose focus almost right away, since one eye is closed and the other is looking through the viewfinder. This happens whether ...
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Since it's not “focal length”, what is the term for the distance at which things are in focus?

I was under the impression that the “focal length” of a lens is the distance at which stuff appears in-focus. (E.g., perhaps I set the camera so that objects 3 meters away appear sharp, ...
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How do I auto-focus an EOS M when stopped down to kill the ambient?

I'm trying to do take some portraits with two off-camera strobes. I want a dark background, so I'm using a high f-stop and high ISO to kill the ambient, relying on the strobes to light the model. But ...
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How does aperture affect focus area? [duplicate]

How does the aperture affect the focus area? Here are some examples: With an 35mm(50mm)/f1.8 prime lens What f-value will bring a group of people standing in five rows into focus? What f-value will ...
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Is it possible to use more than one focus point on the Nikon D3200? [closed]

When focussing with the D3200, is it possible to select more than one focus point? If so, how?
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Fine tuning a lens focus [duplicate]

I just got a 35mm f/1.4 lens and wanted to see if it has any focus issues to be fixed. So I got this kit and not sure what exactly I should have done but I focused on the middle of that bar code like ...
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Is recomposing necessary for trap focus to work?

Trap focusing guide says: Set custom setting #A5 to AF-ON ONLY Set the focus mode to SINGLE SERVO Set Auto focus area mode to SINGLE POINT (9 point, 21 point, 51 point or 51 point 3-D will ...
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Can trap focusing damage the shutter release system?

Trap focusing requires the photographer keep the shutter pressed (point#6 below) until the object appears at the point where camera is pre-focusing. Set custom setting #A5 to AF-ON ONLY Set ...
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Autofocusing multi v single point at a party [duplicate]

Context I've shot at a party at night recently. I've used mainly multi point (continuous) tracking as it makes more sense, as random events may come and go. Question My friend suggests that I ...
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Good Photographs with Moto G2 Camera [closed]

I have got a MOTO G2 Mobile with 8MP front camera, usually i get best shot from my phone but is there any way so that i can capture best pictures with a mobile camera everytime?
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Pictures keep coming out unfocused

I have a Nikon D70 and it seems like whenever I use manual focus everything will look very sharp through the view finder and on the camera screen, however when I open the pictures up on my computer ...
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Focus Issues With L-Series Lens

I have a really frustrating issue with a Canon 24-70 ƒ4 L Series Lens. I noticed that it was unable to focus at or near infinity except at the wide end (when used with my 5D Mk3). When focused ...
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Is there any way of saving this blurry photo??? [duplicate]

http://i.imgur.com/Lb9FXGe.jpg Is there ANY way to save this blurry photo? I have photoshop. PLEASE HELP.
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Why is my subject still out of focus when it's inside the range shown by a depth of field calculator?

In a depth of field app, I entered my camera's sensor size, focal length of 50mm, aperture of f8, and focus distance of 6 feet. The app tells me that DoF is 2.1 feet, from 5.1 to 7.2 feet. I then ...
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How can I focus quickly outdoors in the dark?

I was with my family at a seaside, late and in darkness. My nephew and niece were playing in the water and running around, and I wanted to take picture of them, but my autofocusing system was taking ...
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What could be causing focus problems in low light?

I am not a professional photographer but shoot outdoor and indoor pictures, weddings, and portraits as a hobby. I use a Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens and a 35mm 1.8 ED lens. I have been ...
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Why is infrared light's focus point different from that of visible light?

When reading about infrared photography, it's often mentioned that IR's focus point is slightly different from visible light. Why is the focus point of infrared light point different from the focus ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

Today I was shooting two persons with my camera (Canon 7D) on a tripod. One person, the one I wanted to be in focus, was composed so far out of the center that I don't have any focus point close to ...
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How do I manually focus my Nikon P520?

Can I manually focus a Nikon P520, and can I set infinity as well? I've looked at the manual settings and I cannot find the answer.
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What can I do if everything with my 55-200mm macro lens is suddenly entirely blurry and the camera won't take pictures? [duplicate]

I have a brand new Nikon D5500. The 55-200mm macro lens is not working properly as far as I can tell. It was acting funny the other day when I was trying to take pictures. The pictures were coming ...
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How can I more consistently focus on the point I want?

I've had so many wonderfully composed images turn out lousy because my AF isn't as accurate as I'd like (or I don't know how to wield it). Despite using single-point AF, my focus point is often ...
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Can Minolta lenses obtain infinity focus when mounted on a Canon camera?

I know this isn't the ideal setup but I have access to a good selection of Minolta glass so I can try it without any expense. I've got a Canon 600D, a "Minolta Sony Alpha AF Mount Lens to Canon EOS ...