Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/11

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Subject: [Leica] sharp ears & soft eyes! focusing tips? -
From: dlridings at (Daniel Ridings)
Date: Tue Apr 11 08:12:23 2006
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The others have given you the best advice.

To that I would add ... wrack out your lens to closest focus before
you put it to your eye and start focusing. That way you might stop as
soon as you get a sharp image. If you stop too soon, depth of field
might help you out.

If you start from infinity and then start focusing, you might stop too
early, but depth of field won't help that must in front of the point
where you stopped as it will behind the point.

Bottom line:

Get a rangefinder.


On 4/10/06, Eric Korenman <> wrote:
> A call for focus help - and no, I am not going to buy an autofocus camera!
> I often misfocus when shooting portraiture -  Ending with soft eyes but
> razor sharp ears!
> Obsessive testing shows that I am responsible- not my R8 nor my lenses.
> The only help has been to always correct my focus.  I do this with a quick
> rightward corrective focus twist just after I focus my typical way.  IE, I
> focus 'normally' and then have to shorten the focus distance with a
> correction.
> If I forget I get sharp ears & soft eyes.
> I think my brain is edge seeking and the obvious edges are the side of the
> head compared to background. I find it tough to lock in on eyes. I tried a
> ground glass screen and that was a minimally helpful.
> I often shoot a 50mm lens at f5.6
> Tips?
> Eric
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