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  1. #11
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    @lucien I think you are confusing Zoom with Auto Focus. Zoom you can only do manually and in any mode, Autofocus or Manual focus. I think this is what you probably heard. The Focus on some lenses should not be done manually when the Auto-focus is set because that can break something inside the lens. This varies however with zoom lenses. My 70-300mm can be manually focused even when set for auto-focus (but not when pushing the shutter button). On the other hand, my 18-55 cannot be manually focused when it is set on auto. Looking at the settings on the lens, the 70-300 has two settings M/A & M (Manual/Auto & Manual). The 18-55 has A & M (Auto & Manual). Hope this clears up your confusion. Ha!


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  2. #12
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    Hi Cwgrizz, what about the 18-55 afs vr. It has the af amd manual button. can I zoom in while in af with that one without breaking anything Yes that's what I read/heard and it scared me. Better be safe than sorry. I know you use this a lot so HA !
    Last edited by lucien; 04-25-2015 at 08:02 PM.

  3. #13
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    that much I knew referring to Daz

  4. #14
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    @lucien, That lens is what I was referring to with this statement. "On the other hand, my 18-55 cannot be manually focused when it is set on auto." You can and have to manually zoom any zoom no matter what mode you have set, just do not manually focus when in auto unless the lens has an Manual/Auto switch position (The 18-55mm does not have that selection capability. It is either Manual Focus or Auto Focus on that lens).

    As has been stated in a couple of previous posts, Zoom is one thing and Focus is another. They do not have any relationship with the other as far as Manual-Auto settings go.

    Zoom is Manual, manual, manual. That's the way it works. Focus is Manual and/or Auto. Ha!

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  5. #15
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    yes my lens has the auto feature. The 2 options available on the lens are (a/f - manual and vr on off) am I good to go? It is the current kit lens. Yes I get that. I hope we are clear now. I mean me. Did I give enough info regarding the lens? Thanks for being patient. I think I'm going to quit while semi ahead. WayneF, I think closed the deal and "assumed" I was using the current version and he's spot on

    thx,

    now I'm seeming like a total FOOL, all good. Have to start somewhere. I had another issue with a lens the 75-240, and no one mentioned to me that there is a focus ring. This is my first dslr. And I thought the lens was faulty, lo and behold. I turn the second ring near the end of the lens and there is light/focus. Just learned that about 2 wks ago. That's what the guy did in the camera shop and I was in and out in no time. He didn't explain it to me though. He said all my settings were wrong and they weren't. I never focused the lens

    I just looked at your 18-55 it's a g, mine isn't, it shoud put me on the right path
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  6. #16
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    cwgrizz has it right. What you need to remember is that there are two rings on your lens. One is for zoom and can be turned whenever, whatever. The other is the focus ring, that can only be turned when the lens is set to manual with your kit lens. Turning the focus ring when in auto can damage it.
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  7. #17
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    that is my point exactly, even the new kit lens lets say 2013? Then, that brings me to square one and it was a valid question. Never mind my title for the post. I'm going to stick to what I know works. Why ..... I had it right

    nice lens.
    Last edited by lucien; 04-25-2015 at 10:10 PM.

  8. #18
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    fast glass, primes
    Last edited by lucien; 04-25-2015 at 10:14 PM.

  9. #19
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    auto focus/zoom
    @lucien, your 18-55 lens has the same switches as mine does. See the photos:

    auto focus/zoom-lens2.jpg

    auto focus/zoom-lens1.jpg

    VR can be switched on or off at will as long as you are not in the process of taking a picture.

    The larger barrel ring for the "Zoom" can be turned at any time.

    The small barrel ring at the front of the lens can only be turned if the "A-M" selector switch is in the "M" position.

    I believe your 18-55mm kit lens should work the same way.

    We all started someplace. This would be much simpler to explain in person where conversation could be exchanged in real time instead of this way, but this is the best we have for now. Ha! Thanks for putting up with my less than perfect explanations. I am learning too, so I don't always know the best way to explain clearly.
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    Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (IF) DX II; 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR; AF-S VR 24-120mm f/4G ED; TC14E II



  10. #20
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    Re: auto focus/zoom

    thank you, what is that button for. BUDDHA BLESS YOU, I must be DUMMY who has 1 or 2 but not before this post started, the small focus ring point would have messed me up with the (af -m) thing. I guess it wasn't such a simple question after all. Unless your dealing with people that have been doing this in there sleep,. THANKS FOR GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR ME.





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