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Your answer to my poor focus problem

Not sure I understand your answer... you say I can toggle around the focal point in the viewfinder using the menu switch... in what setting or menu item is this possible?
Also, what do you mean by this: evn try amnually focusing on your subjects.

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  • usandy Jan 07, 2009

    Well, I've had an interest in photography for over 25 years, but this autofocus threw me. The viewfinder looks so crisp, but the image is so fuzzy.... I use a tripod, stopped down past 8, a remote for the shutter but still sometimes the shot is poor. I now do not use a UV filter... hate to do that because of potential damage to my lens surface, but it has helped a bit...

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Usandy,
sorry about my mad typing skills, you can set the focus to wrap around as you toggle with the menu switch while looking thru the viewfinder to set your focal point in the picture. (it is in the settings menu)
The other part was you could "even try manually focusing on your subjects" in manual mode. Are you new to photography / digital cameras?
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