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Old 05-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #31
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So u aren't actually focusing on anything then? I assume u r leaving ur focus point centered and in manual focus rotating like u said? I was trying to read on this the other day and I sounded like what I was reading said to pick the farthest thing in the distance that has some light so the camera can focus on it?

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I use autofocus to focus on something far away and then switch to manual focus and try to be careful to not touch the focus ring. I usually only use the center focus point anyway.
In case no one mentioned this, one of the reasons to use a ND filter is to get the aperture back in a range for good sharpness. The smaller the sensor the worse diffusion effects are, at f/11 micro 4/3 and anything smaller is really losing sharpness.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:14 PM   #32
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I use autofocus to focus on something far away and then switch to manual focus and try to be careful to not touch the focus ring. I usually only use the center focus point anyway.
In case no one mentioned this, one of the reasons to use a ND filter is to get the aperture back in a range for good sharpness. The smaller the sensor the worse diffusion effects are, at f/11 micro 4/3 and anything smaller is really losing sharpness.
So if u focused on something wayyyy out why switch to manual focus them? So u don't loose the focus when u decide to shoot then vs locking focus?

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So if u focused on something wayyyy out why switch to manual focus them? So u don't loose the focus when u decide to shoot then vs locking focus?

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If you don't swap to manual once you establish where you want the camera to focus, the camera will have to hunt for focus on every single shot.
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So if u focused on something wayyyy out why switch to manual focus them? So u don't loose the focus when u decide to shoot then vs locking focus?

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When I set up and focus on a point in the far distance, I'm making sure that I have my picture in focus. This is one of the early test shots before the firework starts.

ISO 400, f/16, 10 seconds.







Once I'm happy, I will turn my lens to manual. I've found that when I turn it to manual, the camera will let me take a picture when I want to take it. If I leave it auto, the camera may try to auto focus when the fireworks are on and not allow me to open the shutter until it thinks it is in focus. I really don't want the camera doing that whilst the fireworks are in motion.



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