I just purchased a new nikon F80 with a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lense. It appears that Nikon decided not to put on the hyperfocal markings on th lense barrel. In fact, it doesn't even have the focus distance on it neither. How are we supposed to utilize hyperfocus? Any suggestions?
The Nikon 28-80 D lense doesn't even have distance markings. Without the distance (in ft or metres) you can't use the formulas or the handy cards. I spoke to a salesperson at a major camera store. His comment was with autofocus, you don't need hyperfocus markings or distance markings. What the heck is he talking about? I guess I'm S.O.L.
...as long as you can estimate distances. Fortunately, you don't have to be all that close to the hyperfocal distances to get a good result, becuase the choice of what is "acceptable focus" is so subjective anyway.
So, If the hyperfocal distance is 3 feet, find something about 3 feet away, focus on it, recompose, and shoot. Everything from 1.5 feet to infinity will be in focus.
Or, another way: If the hyperfocal distance is 4 feet, and everything in the image you want to be in focus is more than 4 feet away, you can safely focus on the closest part of the image that needs to be in focus and know that you have enough depth of field to carry you out to infinity. (Any focus distance at or beyond the hyperfocal distance has enough DOF to carry to infinity.) I use this cheap trick all the time when I don't want to set the camera to MF and then stare at the useless little numbers on the lens.
Or, for the technically minded and sure of hand who doesn't mind mucking up his equipment, you could spend hours painting little lines on your lens to indicate focus at various distances .
Your "salesperson at a major camera store" clearly doesn't do much landscape photography with wide angle lenses. But that need not stop you from using hyperfocal focusing anyway, it'll just be more of a guess for you. (As if the distance markings on most AF lenses these days were actually accurate or useful anyway.)