I LOVE my 50mm lens. It allows me to photograph things in low light, it creates a wonderful, softly blurred background that is perfect for craft and food shots, and it was really inexpensive (as far as lenses go). If you don’t yet have a 50mm, I strongly suggest heading over to B&H Photo to grab one- you’ll be so happy you did!
The only problem with my 50mm is it can be really prone to focusing issues. It is really finnicky as to what it selects to focus on, especially on f-stops lower than 2.5. (1.8 and lower are the WORST at this…)
I’ve had a few people ask about their problems focusing while using it- and I myself have had some major frustrations with it in the past. Don’t give up though- there are some easy solutions to get your shots perfectly in focus. If you don’t have a Canon, please refer to your camera’s manual to find out how to switch your camera’s focus point. I am illustrating how on a Canon, as that is what I shoot with.
Changing the focus point is different on each camera, and your instruction book will tell you how. On many models, the manual AF point selection is only available in aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual and program mode, not the fully automatic (green) or subject modes. Make sure you select one of these exposure modes before you press the button on the far right of the back of the main handgrip to activate the focus point selection.
Once the manual focus point selection is activated you can change the active focus point by using the four direction buttons on the rear of the camera. The active point is shown in yellow on the rear LCD screen, and also indicated in the viewfinder.
This will tell your camera to send it’s autofocus in the point you selected. It will still do the actual focusing work for you, but in the specific point you pick from the camera’s view plain.
This will allow you to get quick, easy focused shots of your crafts, favorite people, or landscapes- without having to turn your lens on to manual focus (which can be really shaky if you aren’t using a tripod).
You can always switch your lens to manual focus (there is a small button on the lens itself which will allow you to do this), but if you do, you should use a tripod as it is pretty hard to get a clear shot without one using manual focus.
This may seem like a tiny fix, but it will save you a ton of time! Since using the manual point autofocus, I have not had to re-shoot a craft setup over and over when I need a low f-stop due to low light. It takes some of the hard work off the camera to know exactly where to focus! All you need to do is line up your product and click!
What is your favorite fix for a common problem with a lens?