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Old Jul 16, 2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hi everybody, I'm new to digital photography (used to using my mom's old school Canon). Anyway, I have been trying to take pictures of birds in trees with my FZ5, but the camera always focuses on the branches and not the bird. I have tried pretty much every autofocus mode, but usually try spot focus as I figured that would be my best option. But it still focuses on the branches. Does anybody know any techniques to get the autofocus to zero in on the bird? Or is that just an inherent limitation of AF? Thanks.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 4:02 PM   #2
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You need to use manual focus. Auto-focus is not reliable in your shooting situation. Anytime there are more than one object in the focus sensors range, it will generally pick the closest one. Manual focus allows you to pick what you want to focus on.

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Old Jul 18, 2005, 11:44 PM   #3
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It's gotta be the camera. :-)

Auto focus on my Fuji S5100 is dead on at full zoom+. Try to get as much contrast between your subject and surouding area. Spot on the edge of the birds, hold your half-button then reframe your shot before pulling the trigger.
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