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Old 15-08-2009, 12:42   #1 (permalink)
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I know it's me and not the equipment , when i take a photograph of an item amongst a noisy back ground bird in a tree type of situation I seem to get the subject slightly out of focus and the item closest in focus . sounds daft I know, this is in Auto focus is there a way to avoid this . I have tried changing the Focus points to the one in the centre. I'm still so new to this
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Old 15-08-2009, 12:47   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Frustartion

The focus "point" isn't actually a point but a small area, and the camera can get confused if there are other objects nearby. Using a single focus point (e.g. the centre one) is more reliable, but not guaranteed. Sometimes you have to forsake modern technology and go back to good, old-fashioned manual focusing.
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Old 15-08-2009, 13:22   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Frustartion

Could be one of a few things, too slow a shutter speed/camera shake or something else, could you not post a photo showing the problem, preferably with exif data intact. The photos in your gallery look good.
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Old 15-08-2009, 21:19   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Focus Frustartion

Best as Silky says in this situation, Manual focus.
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Re: Focus Frustartion

AF will often battle to focus on a subject which does not stand out from the background very well; it needs a definite contrast change to be able to focus upon something, and if the subject blends in with the background, AF won't be able to lock on to anything. As said, this situation is best handled by using MF ... no-one's fault, it's just one of those things that photographers have to wrestle with from time to time
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I know it's me and not the equipment , when i take a photograph of an item amongst a noisy back ground bird in a tree type of situation I seem to get the subject slightly out of focus and the item closest in focus .

... As everyone else says, Manual....
You say it yourself, "Noisy" background, you camera is having trouble identifying what to focus on, and is picking the wrong object... it doesnt know what a bird is, so wouldnt know that is what you want....
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Re: Focus Frustartion

Never mind all this "face recognition" stuff, what we really need is "bird recognition". Or, better still, dial in whatever you want the camera to recognise. And make sure you turn it off before your wife sees it.
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Re: Focus Frustartion

Tha problem with most auto focus systems is that the sensors home in sometimes on your so called "noisey " background. In this case as you describe would most likely be the branches and leaves.
When these sway and move in the breeze the sensor usually pics this up as the focus point, usually because the light is changing when the leaves part or move and your prime subject being possibly of a lower contrast value gets OOF.

Also make sure that you have not set the auto focus to Servo or Tracking focus settings. You need to set the focus to one set and hold with the shutter release half way down ,just before you compose the shot and then fully push the shutter release to take the picture,
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