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How do you focus and compose?
Poll ended at Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:28 pm
I always use centre visor point to focus and then recompose the scene. 42%  42%  [ 5 ]
I compose the scene first and the use the settings to move the focus point. 8%  8%  [ 1 ]
I use both ways depending on the situation, even MF some times 50%  50%  [ 6 ]
Autofocus? Bah! I do it always manually 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Total votes : 12
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:28 pm 
Maybe it's a reflex of my D40 having only 3 focus points or maybe it's because I had contact with a film SLR camera when I was young, but I always use the central visor point to get my subject in focus and then move the camera to recompose the scene.

How do you do it yourself? Central visor point to focus and the recompose, or compose first and then use the settings to change the focus point?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:37 pm 
i think that is what I do.haha.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:48 pm 
I always get focus with the centre point and if need be recompose the shot. It's how my old superzoom camera worked and it's how I will use my new dSLR.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:25 pm 
I prefer to focus then recompose. I usually tell the camera to AF on the center point only.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:01 am 
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Luis, nice poll!
I extended the poll with two other alternatives, as I feel that there are people with other ways to focus out there (like me), even the die-hard MFer!
Hope you don't mind.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:00 am 
Well now I am down with the 3rd option, I wasn't sure in the begining so I put the 1st one, now I have an option that I understand, and that is what I do.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:43 pm 
It's rare that I set focus after framing the scene, but I often get frustrated with AF and use manual.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:41 pm 
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Any camera (Superzoom, DLSR or even Sony HDV FX-1E Video Camera!) I always manual focus, never trust that pesky auto lol!

I suppose the auto focus is fine 9 times out of 10, but sometimes just a little manual nudge can make it better!

One problem I have with small screens is when using manual focus, you can't really tell if it is sharp (I know you can zoom in on the image but still) because of low resolution screens. 300dpi 3inch screens (near 0.9Mp) should be comming in now, rather than 640x480 which is only 0.3Mp, so its far easier to tell right away.

Anywho rant over, i'm going to make a new and exciting topic :P

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:23 pm 
Manual focus is a pain with the lenses I own because of small focus rings and the croped view but macro (as macro as it can be with 1:4 mag. on zoom lenses :)) shots requires it sometimes.


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