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Focusing with Small Apertures posted by Laura Poland April 30, 2009 06:02AM reply | quote
posted by Laura Poland

I have noticed when using apertures smaller than F/8, I have a difficult time focusing because when I look through my viewfinder the image I see is so dark! I am using a Nikon D80. Has anyone else out there noticed this problem? What have you done to compensate? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Laura Poland
Reflected Spectrum Photography
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Re: Focusing with Small Apertures posted by pathography April 30, 2009 06:27AM reply | quote
posted by pathography

On all Slr cameras, they focus at wide open: F2/f4/f5.6 depending. When the app ring is in place you are seeing what the sensor/film plane is seeing. Try focusing on you subject wide open, then placing what ever app you like.
I would say that your camera has a DOF preview button with a "normal" lens play with your app, and press the button. The image will go very dark, but the DOF will increase. I hope this helps.
Re: Focusing with Small Apertures posted by juznobsrvr April 30, 2009 07:14AM reply | quote
posted by juznobsrvr

Laura, there are various tips posted on this forum regarding this issue or similar ones. David's tip on using a laser is one example -- here's the link: [lensbaby.com]

You can also do a search on this site. Try tying laser or click here: [lensbaby.com]



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