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Old 08-05-2010, 08:20 AM
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Shaolin : Erm.. thanks for that but I'm not that much of a noobie! haha! But I appreciate the advice.

Clipper : Is that right! I've been messing with my 50mm on this and I can't seem to find a focus length that gets everything sharp and dandy. I've tried going 1/3 of the way based on the markings on the lens but doesn't quite do the trick. Then started fiddling every 2 or 3 mm focusing turns then snapping. So far out of the 80+ shots i took of the same scenary something is always out of focus. What am i doing wrong?

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Shaolin T : I understood probably something like 70% in that whole jimbang there. I think I'll go with Hanuman's advice and test it. The thing about this is my prime lens switch is kinda stiff. Trying to read the manual on how to switch it from infinity to something else.
Shaolin : Oh.. i see why you posted that. I was actually talking about the aperture switch thing on the prime. It's not related to the focusing, man... I AM a noobie afterall. My apologies.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:21 PM
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Well it's most usable for landscape photography and that's generally what it's used for.

The way I usually do it using Av mode and auto-focus, set to optimum aperture for landscape (f/8-f/11) and then see where is the horizon and estimate where 1/3 of the landscape ends and use AF to lock there.

Then take the picture, as simple as that.

I also use this technique as often I'm taking landscape with a zoom lens (Sigma 10-20mm UWA) so there is no hyperfocal marker.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:29 PM
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I've read through your links the 2nd time and it does make sense now that I've tested it.

And your example technique is extremely useful! Thanks!
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what about this link?

http://digital-photography-school.co...pe-photography

i think i better start using hyperfocal focusing instead.
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what about this link?

http://digital-photography-school.co...pe-photography

i think i better start using hyperfocal focusing instead.
oh wow.. layman terms on this hyperfocal theory! Me likey. Tqvm.
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In Nikon prime lenses with D markings (meant for Distance) hyperfocal is relatively easy. For e.g., 20mm 1:2.8D (see below, lens at left)

1. Set cam body to manual focus
2. On the lens barrel, turn the infinity marking to a desired aperture, say f11
3. Read the adjacent f11 reading on the right of the spectrum
4. The corresponding reading reads 0.7m
5. Set the cam setting to f11 as well

That means, from 0.7m to infinity the image will remain relatively sharp. It does not require you to focus, extremely convenient for landscape work particularly in low light.
IMG_1101web.jpg

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Old 08-09-2010, 10:45 AM
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Hey thanks! that's great advice!

I've been experimenting and found out the sweet spot for clear landscape pics, just that now I need to learn to compose so that nothing nearer than that gets into the picture and spoils it by blurring up in the foreground whilst the rest is sharp.
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Hope this might help ... http://www.shortcourses.com/use/using2-9.html
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