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
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!