D5000 issues with focus - Very new.
Just bought a D5000 last night and I have been really enjoying it. Never had a DSLR before so I am playing around quite a bit.
I am trying my hand a take pictures of drops of water hitting the surface of a bowl of water. However I cannot get the kit lens to focus at all on the water. It tries, but then cannot find a subject to focus on I guess.
How do I get it to focus? I've tried putting my hand in the shot and quickly taking it away, but that does not work.
#1. "RE: D5000 issues with focus - Very new." | In response to Reply # 0
MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 26-Feb-10 11:43 PM
Welcome to Nikonians!
Congratulations on your new D5000!
It sounds like you are too close to the water. Every lens has a minimum focusing distance. The minimum focusing distance for the 18-55mm is .9 ft from the sensor plane to the subject. If you are closer, focus will be impossible.
In addition trying to use Auto Focus on a moving target at minimum focusing distance is iffy at best.
For shooting water drops you should have the camera mounted on a tripod and use Manual focus. Then work on getting the timing just right so you release the shutter in sync with the water drop.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: D5000 issues with focus - Very new." | In response to Reply # 1
MichaelBaca Registered since 26th Feb 2010Sat 27-Feb-10 04:05 AM
Thank you so much. I hadn't really thought of that. I was just outside doing some long exposure shots with auto focus, and had the same issue. If only I had read this before I went out!