da35 2.8 / d-fa 100

Started Jun 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: da35 2.8 / d-fa 100
In reply to stanic042, Jun 27, 2012

stanic042 wrote:

hunting can be reduced using the quick-shift function
enjoy this excellent lens!

I agree with stanic042, definitely learn to use Quick Shift to avoid hunting. Here are a couple more tips I hope will help:

  • Resetting the lens to a focal point beyond the subject distance helps a great deal with auto-focus. The camera will usually search for focus by moving in. If you start beyond the subject, you will hit the target without cycling through the macro range.

  • Use manual focus for close macro work. AF is too coarse for real macro shooting. AF will not distinguish between a bug's eye and it's back, a stamen from a petal, etc. Most macro shooters set the focus manually, then rock slightly toward the subject and away to select the exact point. Squeeze off several shots, preferably in high speed drive mode as you try to stay on the focus point. You will have more shots to sift through, but you'll have a better chance than one will be exactly right.

Macro shooting is a specialty. Nailing focus is tough, but getting the right balance between ISO, shutter speed and aperture is the never-ending challenge. A good external flash (with diffuser) can help a great deal, but presents challenges of its own.

Congratulations on the new lens, it's a great choice.

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Dan

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