Zooming on Autofocus on a D5000
This is probably going to sound like an extremely silly question and the answer is probably well known and obvious to most. However, since I am new to DSLR's ( having just bought a D5000) , I need some help with this.
Lets say my subject is at a distance from me . I have the 18-55/3.5-5.6 zoom (kit) lens attached. Focus is set to AF-A on the camera and the focus button on the lens is also set to A. The current focal length is 18 but I want to zoom in on the subject.
How can I get the camera to zoom in on the subject if that is what I wish for it to do without doing it manually? I can get the camera to auto focus the subject but it does not zoom in. It focuses at the distance that I am currently away from my subject. Basically to cut a long story short how do I get the lens to zoom in auto focus mode. Thanks.
#1. "RE: Zooming on Autofocus on a D5000" | In response to Reply # 0
You turn the zoom ring on the lens - that's the one with the big rectangular pattern on it. On DSLRs there is no such thing as a power zoom, mostly because of the interchangeable lenses. An 11-16mm zoom would have extremely different requirements than, say, a 200-500/f2.8 zoom whose zoom elements individually weigh as much as the entire 11-16mm lens.
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#2. "RE: Zooming on Autofocus on a D5000" | In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for replying to my post. So, if I do understand what you are saying, am I right to say that even on Auto Focus mode (on the camera and lens) , zoom would still need to be done manually? The auto focus only aids in the sharpness of the picture only once the desired magnification has been set. Is that it?
#3. "RE: Zooming on Autofocus on a D5000" | In response to Reply # 2
That is correct. Auto-focus only works the focus system. The zoom/magnification is always manual.
In addition, changing the zoom after focusing will require you to focus again.
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#4. "RE: Zooming on Autofocus on a D5000" | In response to Reply # 2