Newbie cannot focus properly

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stitch123 New Member • Posts: 17
Newbie cannot focus properly

Hi everyone,

Please be gentle with me as brand new to photography. I have a canon eos 550d with the kit lens, and prime 55mm 1.8. I have been really struggling getting pictures of my kids in focus with the prime, even with them standing remarkably still and using a tripod. I have since tried to take pictures of static objects and have been having the same trouble. In my more recent tries I have taken photos of a 45 degree line of battery, and no matter what I do when I focus on the middle battery using the viewfinder it is never in focus, in fact usually a battery 1 or 2 in front of it is in focus. However if I use the liveview to focus it is much much better. I cannot work out what I am doing wrong. I have uploaded some test files to flickr (brand new to flickr too so I hope this worked).

If anyone could look at the links below I would be most grateful as I want some nice pics of my kids whilst they are growing up.

Tests were done on tripod with timer. Subject 32" away. All focussed on middle of middle battery.

50mm lens with different apertures ;

Liveview :

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH1xLXh

Viewfinder :

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH1xGr3

Same test with kit lens (obviously doesn't go as wide as 1.8)

Liveview :

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH1pHrg

Viewfinder :

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmH1xtma

Thanks so much.

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4)
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