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Got My D30-Is The Autofocus Really This Bad?  
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3469 times:

I just got my D30 delivered this evening and have set about trying to familiarize myself with the new machine (upgrade from a EOS300), I had heard alot of complaints about the auto focus system in this forum and they have immediately become apparent to me.

I have taken several shots so far, all indoors as it's dark now, and from when I use the AF the pictures come out okay but when I line the shot up in the viewfinder it's all out of focus. So what I see through the viewfinder or LCD is completely different to the image being recorded. Correspondingly if I use MF to compose an image it comes out completely out of focus.

Has anyone else had this problem? It is consistent on all three lenses I have tried.


Matt


you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3432 times:

I have read of other people experiencing something like this - complaining that manual focus is impossible. If what you say is true, the camera is defective and must be returned - the D30 should not behave this way.

But before you do, just check one thing - the viewfinder has a built in dioptre adjustment - see if that's in the correct (middle) position for normal eyesight.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

Matt, Yes! Check the diopter adjustment as Colin mentioned. When I bought my Nikon N80 home, and tried it for the first time I could not believe the focus was so off. I have 20-10 vision and thought I was being too critical at first until I noticed the diopter adjustment. That did the trick. Check it once in awhile as it may change over time.

Hope that works for you, let's see some of those D30 shots!

v/r
Jeff


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

It doesn't seem to have had any effect so far I'm afraid, to be honest I think I'll need to leave it untill tomorrow before I try any more test shots-I don't any decent subject matter at the moment and I've never been any good at indoor shots!

I'll let you know how it goes-everything else seems to work ok though!


Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

I went out for an hour or so but the weather was pretty dull and overcast so the conditions were still not ideal, I've put the results online-there's only 3 pictures to look at but I've included comparisons between what I see and what the camera sees to try and make things clearer. Wunula Dreaming was almost the first D30 aviation picture I took, but I wasn't quick enough so it has ended up being a UA777.

Take a look at the 777 image-I don't know if this is what I should expect from a D30 in these conditions or not, same goes for the picture of Mryttle Ave.


http://www.geocities.com/scuzzlebuttpg/D30.html


Thanks for your time.....Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

Matt, great to hear your a new D30 user.

I have used a D30 for all my aviation shots since June and believe me you will love it!

Now, I would adjust the exposure compensation in dull weather, make sure you do this in 1/3 increments (this can me adjuted under the menu)

Got any other shots to show us?

I have no problem with AF or MF - My lenses are not the best so AF is not as fast as could be. MF I like, I have not had any major probs with, dont use it much but still fine.

If you are interested my shots can be seen http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?photographersearch=Ben%20Pritchard&distinct_entry=true all since june 2002 with D30

BTW : What lens(es) are you using?

LGW


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Matt - in terms of sharpness, the "what the camera sees" is about what I'd expect from the D30 - there is a little softness, but this is normal, and will respond very well to a little USM treatment.

But if the "what you see" shot of Myrtle Ave. is a fair representation of your view through the viewfinder, then something is amiss - the viewfinder image should be sharp and clear - a little sharper in fact than the camera image.

Do you normally wear glasses? If so they might not be suitable for the viewfinder for some reason. If not, and yor eyesight is good, and you've checked and double checked the diopter adjustment, I think you may have a problem which a Canon dealer should look at.

Cheers.

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Yup, good point colin, the diopter can change what you see alot and worth adjusting

LGW


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

Thanks....


My eyesight is ok and has never caused any problems before with focussing. I did try the diopeter but it has not had any effect-what I will do when time permits is take it to Jessops or similar and try and find what the fault is, then I'll be in a better position to know what to do with it.

The lenses are: Sigma 28-200 f3.5 (used today)
Canon 35-80 f5.6
Canon 80-200 f4.5



Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Should have added....

The 'What I see' images are ones where I have focussed manually.


Matt



you can't buy time but you can sell your soul and the closest thing to heaven is to rock'n'roll
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