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Autofocus Reality Part 4: Nikon Full Frame

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I started this series to simply demonstrate a well-known fact; that contrast detection autofocus in Live View was more accurate than standard Phase Detection autofocus for still subjects. It ended up being a bit more than I’d bargained for just with the Canon cameras. After that series was done, I promised several people that I […]

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Autofocus Reality Part 3B: Canon Cameras

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Some days it’s good to be a geeky gear-head. This is one of them because a) I finished testing autofocus on all of the Canon camera bodies we had, b) I actually found out some interesting stuff, and c) I got worked up about camera marketers while doing it, so I have my next post […]

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Autofocus Reality Part 3A: Canon Lenses

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  Sometimes I get to write cool, new stuff. Sometimes there’s just grunt work to be done, usually of my own making. This is one of those times. To bring you up to date if you’ve landed here first, this is how I got here. Autofocus Reality Part 1 showed that on center-point, single-shot autofocus, […]

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Autofocus Reality Part 2: One vs. Two, Old vs. New

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The first part of this series confirmed what we already new: Live view focus is more accurate than phase detection AF. This part is going to (sort of) look at something I’ve wondered about along with some related old wives’ tales. And unlike the first article, at the end of this we’ll have learned something […]

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Autofocus Reality Part 1: Center-Point, Single-Shot Accuracy

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Once upon a time I wrote an article attempting to explain phase-detection autofocus¬†and its limitations.¬†That was a lot like trying to explain what happened to the Mary Celeste or why Stonehenge was built. Actually we probably have a better handle on the Stonehenge thing than we do on the Mary Celeste or phase-detection autofocus. So […]

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