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  1. 8ball

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    can you guys give me a good run down of focusing to infinity i searched google and on there and i am just not satisfied with what i found

    what i am using is a nikon d 3000 with a 18-55 lens and a 55-200 lens
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Set your camera to manual focus and turn the focusing ring on the lens until the white line is set against the infinity marker (the sideways '8')
     
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    can you explain what the focusing on infinity really does?
    does it just focus on everything?
     
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    Option #2: Manually set your focal distance beyond half-way. With AF on, focus on something several hundred feet / meters in the distance. Focus locked? Look at your focal distance window on the lens now. What does it show? Same difference.
     
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    now would you use this same thing for taking lightining pictures ( that where this all started form) and for taking star pcitures?
     
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    For nighttime shots, John's method is the one to use. I tend to back off infinity ever so slightly though. Use the sharpest aperture for your lens, usually in the f/8 range.
     
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    thanks!
     
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    The problem with this is that the Nikon 18-55 has no distance markers at all. I don't know about the 55-200. Hell, even my 35 only has distance, not DoF indicators.
     
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    I dont have my camera with me so i cant really look at this right now but where would i see the inifity sign inside the view finder or on the outside of the lens?
     
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    crimbfighter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The kit lenses don't have the focusing window in them. Part of being the less expensive lenses. I asked this question a while ago.

    To find infinity, from behind your camera, turn the focusing ring all the way clockwise (at least I believe it's clockwise, try manually focusing on something close, then far away and just note which direction you have to turn the ring - then that's the direction you have to turn it) then back it off just a tiny bit from there. That should put you really close to infinity.
     
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    They don't have focusing markers on them???? *Shakes head in amazement* Wow, okay, in that case, go with Kundalini's method.
     
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