How to Use FocUs in Live View of the Nikon D800 Camera


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Focusing in Live View

When you activate Live View, your camera raises its mirror out of the way so that light can get from the lens directly to the sensor. It's the sensor that creates the image that's shown on the LCD screen, so no Live View image can be created when mirror is down and in the way. Now, unfortunately, there's something else that happens when the mirror flips up. The autofocus sensors in the camera are located up here in the camera's pentaprism. Light from the lens gets bounced up here by the mirror and the autofocus sensors analyze it to calculate focus.

When the mirror flips up though, those sensors go blind, meaning your camera loses its normal Autofocus capability. When you're in Live View then, the camera has to use a different method to autofocus. Rather than relying on its autofocus sensors, the computer in the camera will analyze the image that the sensor is capturing and focus accordingly. The practical upshot is that Autofocus in Live View is much slower than it i...

Focusing in Live View
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Focusing in Live View provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ben Long as part of the Shooting with the Nikon D800

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