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    Focasing problems

    Hi I've got a Sigma 150-600c lens which i use with my D5200, but its have been focasing on the branch next to the bird im trying to get a shot of, even treid a tripod, have just tried updating the lens online , but still getting the same problem, any ideas ? thanks in advance.


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    Re: Focasing problems

    @moth
    While composing the shot, twist the focus ring a bit to get the bird slightly out of focus, then use the auto focus to snap focus back on the bird. Also, try to get the center focus points to do the work, they're smarter than the outside edge focus points. You also might want to do this in single point auto focus. If nothing else, switch to live view in manual mode, use the + button to zoom in on the birds eye, attain focus and then snap the shot. Hope this helps!

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    Re: Focasing problems

    Thanks,will try it out at the nature reserve at the weekend

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    I definitely recommend single point for a bird in the tree.
    When you use a tripod with that lens be sure to turn the stabilization off. The OS on that lens gets really crazy on a tripod.
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    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Focasing problems

    What focus mode are you using?
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    Re: Focasing problems

    Manual and sports mode

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    Manual focus should put it all on you for a bird in a tree and not be a problem. Unless you mean manual shooting mode, which would have no effect on focus. "Sports" is a scene mode, not a focus mode. However, it does by default set up a very automatic focus mode which could give you a problem with a bird in a tree. You could change the focus mode within the Sports setting, but why bother, leave it as a mode to try for sports. Manual focus or single point are your best choices for a bird surrounded by a tree.
    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Focasing problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    I definitely recommend single point for a bird in the tree.
    When you use a tripod with that lens be sure to turn the stabilization off. The OS on that lens gets really crazy on a tripod.
    As Nick mentioned, single point AF would also be my choice. If you are using multiple points, your focus will be hit and miss for that situation. This should give you a good idea of different AF settings and how they work in a variety of situations.

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    Focasing problems
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    As Nick mentioned, single point AF would also be my choice. If you are using multiple points, your focus will be hit and miss for that situation. This should give you a good idea of different AF settings and how they work in a variety of situations.

    I've changed a few of the settings, so not sure what I was in, but definitely in single point now, just need to get out and give it a try, thanks to you all for your help, will let you know how I get onFocasing problems


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