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How to Focus Manually on Your Nikon D5300

Some subjects confuse even the most sophisticated autofocusing systems, causing the Nikon’s autofocus motor to spend a long time hunting for its focus point. Animals behind fences, reflective objects, water, and low-contrast subjects are just some of the autofocus troublemakers. Autofocus systems struggle in dim lighting, although that difficulty is often offset by the AF-assist lamp, which shoots out light to help the camera find its focusing target.

When you encounter situations that cause an autofocus hang-up, it’s easier and faster to switch to manual focusing. For the best results, follow these manual-focusing steps:

Adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight.

If you don’t adjust the viewfinder, scenes that are in focus may appear blurry and vice versa. If you haven’t already done so, look through the viewfinder and rotate the little dial near its upper-right corner. As you do, the viewfinder data and the AF-area brackets become more or less sharp. (Press the shutter button halfway to wake up the meter if you don’t see any data in the viewfinder.)

Set the lens and camera to manual focusing.

First, move the focus-method switch on the lens to the manual position. The setting is usually marked M or MF. Download File PDF

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