Prblm: Nikon Coolpix 5700 puts focus on wrong object.

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ola Theander, Aug 17, 2003.

  1. Ola Theander

    Ola Theander Guest

    Dear subscribers.

    I have a Nikon Coolpix 5700 that I've used for a while now and I'm mostly
    satisfied, apart from the problems in low light conditions that several
    postings here mentions. It can also be a bit slow to respond, especially the
    zoom. But I have one major problem that I haven't managed to solve which is
    quite annoying. The problem seems to occur mostly when doing portrait
    photos, typically when the subject fills most of the picture and only a few
    percent of background is visible. If the background is contrast rich with
    sharp edges, the result very often is that the camera focuses on the
    background instead of the subject. This results in a sharp background and a
    blurry subject.

    Any idea how this problem can be prevented? This can be a basic problem
    since I'm far from a professional photographer.

    Kind regards, Ola Theander
    Ola Theander, Aug 17, 2003
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  2. Ola Theander

    Ed Ruf Guest

    Change AF Area Mode to manual and choose the appropriate area from the 5
    available or use manual focus.
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Aug 17, 2003
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  3. Ola Theander

    Ola Theander Guest

    Hi Ed.

    Thanks for your answer. Actually I use those particular settings that you
    suggest i.e. the AF manual mode but it seems to me that under certain
    circumstances, as described before, the camera ignores the area that is in
    the focus selector and still focus on the object with the sharpest edges.
    This is not always the case, but it's pretty often so. Have you had a
    similar experience?

    To fous completely manual might be a solution, but the way that's done with
    the CoolPix is a bit akward to me.

    Kind regards, Ola
    Ola Theander, Aug 17, 2003
  4. Ola Theander

    Ed Ruf Guest

    You're welcome. I can't say I have I have or haven't experienced this
    specific problem. You might also consider giving spot or center-weighted
    metering a try. I was my understanding spot metering should also limit the
    AF to within the spot area, but I have found that not always to be the case
    in my experience.
    That's much to kind, IMO. Though the method itself is awkward at best,
    whoever at Nikon made to decision to stop giving users real-time distance
    feedback for the MF ought to hung by their thumbs. I'll grant you this
    readout on my 990 might not have been totally accurate, but one could at
    least consistently set the same MF setting/distance. The bar graph by
    itself on the 5700 is absolutely worthless.
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Aug 17, 2003
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