manual focusing on canon and nikon dslr

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Peter Huebner, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. If I understand right what I've been reading in various reviews and
    guides, cameras like the D60 or D200 will display a little 'in focus'
    light in the viewfinder when you're using manual focussing, even when
    using unrelated manual lenses with an adapter (one guy was talking about
    using his Leica lenses that way).

    I've gleaned little indication if this will also work with cameras like
    the 450D, the 500D or the 50D.

    Can anyone confirm or deny? I'd rather know before I go out and buy
    anything ;-)

    cheers, -P.
     
    Peter Huebner, Feb 12, 2010
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    Ofnuts Guest

    At least on the 450D you also get the light. You will also have the beep
    if the camera is set up thus.
     
    Ofnuts, Feb 12, 2010
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    Chris H. Guest

    Works just fine on my 50D, and as noted by Ofnuts there is a beep as
    well if its turned on (which mine is).
     
    Chris H., Feb 12, 2010
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  4. Only with lenses (or adapters) that have a chip and talk to
    the camera, AIUI.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Feb 12, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Incorrect. Focus is determined by the camera and does not involve the
    lens.
     
    Ray Fischer, Feb 12, 2010
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    Bruce Guest


    The short answer is yes.

    The long answer is, it depends.

    If you are using Canon EF lenses, or independent brand lenses with a
    Canon EF mount, you will get focus conformation when focusing
    manually.

    However, if you use another brand of lens with an adapter to the EF
    mount, you will not get focus conformation. You can pay more for an
    adapter with an electronic chip that will operate focus confirmation.

    To obtain the most accurate manual focusing, it is worth buying a
    special focusing screen that is optimised for manual focus. I have
    used screens from KatzEye in three Canon DSLRs and one Nikon DSLR, and
    they are excellent.

    http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/item--Canon-40D-50D-Focusing-Screen--prod_40D.html
     
    Bruce, Feb 12, 2010
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