1. gazguildford1

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    to be blunt I am really bad at using manual focus my eyes just aren’t up to it BUT as with all settings there’s a time and a place it’s needed is there any aid to help with manual focus I.e a magnifying glass for the view finder would be good lol
     
  2. scott199

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    What camera ?
    I know Nikon do eye peices for certain, maybe all that magnify or you can buy ones tailored to your prescription.

    Most I believe will use live view for critical focus, again if possible.

    What camera and what are you shooting on manual.
     
  3. gazguildford1

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    It’s a Nikon d3400 so very basic but it does me I just find the view finder rubbish esp when I’m comparing a landscape or focusing on something any distance away
     
  4. Apex Photography

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    as @scott199 says most Camera have live view. I don't know about the d3400, but most cameras let you zoom in in live view aswell which you can use to see if the image is in focus or not.
     
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    Try liveview. It gets rid of the potential for a focus difference between the camera focus sensor and the actual camera sensor. You can zoom in on the plus and minus buttons on the left and scroll about using the pad on the right. The standard AF-P kit lens is nice to use on manual as it is not over sensitive. I switch back once the lens is in focus.
     
  6. jonbeeza

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    I did try manual focus on my D3300. I also tried activating the rangefinder setting, and check focus, by looking at the focus scale. <llII 0 llll> At the bottom right, in the viewfinder. I had no luck with this method myself, I found it pretty difficult.
     
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  7. droj

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    You've adjusted the eyepiece? If the range of adjustment isn't enough, you can get add-on eyepiece lenses too (Nikon DK-something) but it's not always easy to guess the power wanted.

    Live view's more use on a tripod really, more than if you're working hand-held on the fly.

    A dslr with a glass prism should have a brighter finder. If it was full-frame even more so. A camera with an electronic vf could show focus peaking.
     
  8. holty

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    nikon camera manual focus
    should be a small green light comes on bottom left hand corner in the viewfinder
    when the subject is in focus

    ps read camera manual
     
  9. jonbeeza

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    I have just been trying manual focus again ( this morning) , on my D3300 and old lenses that don't have the focus motor. I did use both the green dot, and also getting the reading on the bottom right at I0I. Taking time, I did get a bit better results, and most photos are now in focus. It is a little time consuming, plus you miss what is going on around you. But I suppose this does not apply to landscape photography, as you can take more time to set things up.
     
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    Don't know if this is the same on Nikon cameras, but if I set my Canon to One-Shot AF mode, but put the lens in manual focus mode, I still get the focus confirmation beep when I manage to manually focus on my subject.
     
  11. Graham W

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    Does your camera support focus peaking?
     
  12. jonbeeza

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    My D3300 does focus peaking. So I would assume the D3400 would.

    Press the +magnifying symbol, while in live view.
     
  13. droj

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    Focus peaking isn't the same as magnifying live view ....
     
  14. jonbeeza

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    Oh I see, my mistake. ;)
     
  15. Phil V

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    You appear to be looking for a problem to solve.

    AF cameras aren’t really designed to Manually focus, if youre trying to manually focus on a distant object for Landscape photography, you’ll probably be better served using hyperfocal focussing.

    If your eyes are crap, your camera is way more reliable than you.
     
  16. jonbeeza

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    Probably why I have such a hard time using my old lenses on my D3300. It can be done, but such a time consuming pain.
     
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  17. Tom Pinchenzo

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    If you switch to Live View when you've composed then zoom in on where you want to focus then you can really fine-tune it. But like others have said - AF will be fine 90% of the time. I only find it awkward of there isn't an AF point where I need to focus. You can even leave it zoomed for taking the photo. The added benefit of doing this is you can see if there's any motion from wind etc.
     
  18. gazguildford1

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    Thanks guys will try it out
     
  19. russellsnr

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    Hi, Trouble with live view outside is sometimes hard to see the screen never mind if you have focus!! I bought one of these as you can attach it to the back of the camera and makes seeing the LCD a lot easier, the model on Ebay is just an example there are many more makes out there.
    eBay item number:
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    LCD Cover.JPG
     
  20. Mr Bump

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    When I use my olypus digital I use focus lock.
    select the focus point keep button held down and pan the camera to select your image
    this keeps the point of focus correct?
     

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