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When i shoot a group of people (20) the people on the ends are out of focus. I use a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens.

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  • kakima Dec 28, 2010

    Are they lined up in an arc with the camera at the center, or in a straight line? The plane of focus is parallel to the image sensor, perpendicular to the axis of the lens. You can also maximize the depth of field by stopping the aperture down (larger F/numbers), zooming out, and moving farther away from the group. (Yes, I know the last two contradict each other. You'll just have to find the proper balance for the particular photo.)

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Edge to edge focus is an ongoing debate with every photographer that has run into it. A flat field of view is possible if you have deep pockets, a tilt shift lens, view camera in 4x5 or computer programing that will pull this out in post processing. I'm not trying to give you a smart answer but the amount of Barrel distortion and pin cushion effects on an 18mm wide angle lens will be difficult to correct. What I've done with huge groups to minimize the problem is use rows of people Kneeling, sitting and standing to minimize the effect and try to shot it loose then crop in. What this does is uses more of the center of the lens and also use F8 or F11

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