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MichaelBaca Registered since 26th Feb 2010Fri 26-Feb-10 10:38 PM
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"D5000 issues with focus - Very new."


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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.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 26-Feb-10 11:43 PM
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Hi Michael,

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!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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MichaelBaca Registered since 26th Feb 2010Sat 27-Feb-10 04:05 AM
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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!

  

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