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January 26, 2013
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I am a new Nikon DSLR user.In Autofocus mode the camera does a beep sound or we get a dot mark
in the viewfinder which indicates the the subject is in focus. How we
can determine in manual focus mode whether the subject is in focus or
not? Does the camera will do a beep sound or show a dot mark in viewfinder?

January 27, 2013
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Saurabh… When using manual focus the Nikon will show the yellow dot when you are in focus. The camera will not beep.
The adjustment is very sensitive and is easily missed. The dot will go on and off very quickly.
I suggest you first use auto focus and then carefully turn it off with the button on the lens.

Ohhhh, and yes… Welcome to our forum.
I should have said that at the start.

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January 27, 2013
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In my D7000 a green dot will light up when in fokus, and like Mandrake says it is easily missed and i did not know of it before Mandrake said it where there. So a big thanks to you Mandrake for learning me something new. Laugh

January 27, 2013
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I am happy that it has helped.
We will not argue over whether the dot is yellow or green. lol
For me… it is the same color as the other information in the viewfinder display
which seems to be yellow.

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January 27, 2013
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Mandrake said

We will not argue over whether the dot is yellow or green. lol
For me… it is the same color as the other information in the viewfinder display
which seems to be yellow.

Mandrake

Hehe.. No argue..

April 24, 2013
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Now what i don’t get is why you would manual focus using the auto focus indicator??? I seem to miss the point here. Confused

The way to focus on manual focus is with a (i dont know the english word..) the semi transparent glass in the viewfinder. In most dslr camera’s you can change this glass and put in a glass for manual focus.

This glass dosn’t cost allot and is mostly used with macro photography.

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Rudi…

We are not talking about the auto focus indicator, but rather, the manual focus indicator which is available on many Nikon dslrs when focusing manually.

You can focus, using the manual focus indicator, in either the viewfinder or in Live View on the LCD.

The manual focus indicator has arrows that indicate which direction to turn the lens focusing ring and a green dot in the center that lights up when focus is spot on. Some cameras have the arrows and the green dot. Others, as mine, only have the green dot which comes on when exact focus has been manually achieved.

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April 29, 2013
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Yes I know that you are talking about using a “manual” focus indicator.

Still don’t see the use of this function. The only difference is that you have to turn the focus ring yourself. The camera is still deciding if its in focus or not. In my opinion, not manual focus. Only seems like more work for the same result. But on the other hand, I don’t have any experience with this function so i could be all wrong.

The 100% manual focus (with the other glass) is often used though. If the area is to dark or the object is to close for the autofocus.

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I use auto focus most of the time, but there are some situation when auto focus sometimes just doesn’t work that well, for example.

1. Low light
2. Action photography
3. Macro
4. Shooting Through Glass/Wire Fences
5. Shooting panorama
6. Taking self-portrait

I have this explained in my video:

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Mandrake said

I am happy that it has helped.
We will not argue over whether the dot is yellow or green. lol
For me… it is the same color as the other information in the viewfinder display
which seems to be yellow.

Mandrake

Hi Mandrake,

The cameras should have a traffic signal as the indicator.
Red = DON’T PRESS YET
Yellow = Press Slowwwwwwwwly
Green = Go Go Go …..

LOL

ps. I have a D7000 also and I get the green dot … but I still get c****y photos at times … LOL

Ian ….

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Hello Ian…. It’s been awhile. Welcome back. Hope all is well.

On the road, I’ve always thought that yellow lights meant…
“Hurry up before the light turns RED!”

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April 30, 2013
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Hi Mate,

Yes, I started getting very busy for some reason, time flew by. I have been putting in a lot of time trying to improve my photography skills.
The club i joined this year is being a good influence on me in this respect, they hold a competition each month with a different theme. I have gained a couple of certificates of merit so far, which is very encouraging.There are about 150 members and they are all very helpful to each other.

I see you have been very active in the forum which is good to see. Has the dust settled for you since the Cyclone? Hope so mate.

Anyway, keep in contact mate, always good to chat.
Oh, and by the way did you notice I am the first one in the Member’s list when you click on the the button? … LOL
I only noticed that last night and had a good laugh about it.

Kind Regards

Ian

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A-Fan-4eva said
Oh, and by the way did you notice I am the first one in the Member’s list when you click on the the button? … LOL
I only noticed that last night and had a good laugh about it.

It might have something to do with the fact that the list is alphabetical.

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May 1, 2013
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You think? awwww and I thought I was speshul ….. LOL

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Hi
A photo in the manual mode requires knowledge. Still need skill and skill.
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