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Follow the steps below to focus the camera manually.

  1. Slide the focus mode selector to [M]. will appear in the display.

  2. Focus manually using the focus ring. Rotate the ring left to reduce the focus distance, right to increase.

    Use the [FOCUS RING] option in the setup menu to reverse the direction of rotation for the focus ring.

  3. Take pictures.

Quick Focus

To use autofocus to focus on the subject in the selected focus area, press the [AEL/AFL] button. Use this feature (available only in manual focus mode) to quickly focus on a chosen subject.

The [AUTOFOCUS SETTING] > [INSTANT AF SETTING] option in the shooting menu controls how the camera focuses when the [AEL/AFL] button is pressed. Select [AF-S] for single AF (focus is adjusted each time the button is pressed), [AF-C] for continuous AF (focus is adjusted continuously while the button is pressed).

Checking Focus

The following options can be used to check focus in manual focus mode.

The Manual Focus Indicator

The white line indicates the distance to the subject in the focus area (in meters or feet according to the option selected for [SCREEN SET-UP] > [FOCUS SCALE UNITS] in the setup menu), the blue bar the depth of field, or in other words the distance in front of and behind the subject that appears to be in focus.

Focus distance (white line)

Depth of field (blue bar)

Focus Zoom

To zoom in on the current focus area for precise focus, press the center of the command dial (if [ON] is selected for [FOCUS CHECK], the camera will also zoom in when the focus ring is rotated). Press the dial again to cancel zoom.

The [MF ASSIST] menu can be displayed by pressing and holding the center of the command dial.

  • STANDARD: Zoom in on the current focus area.
  • DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE: Displays a split, black-and-white image in the center of the frame. Frame the subject in the split-image area and rotate the focus ring until the three parts of the split image are correctly aligned.

  • FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT: Highlights high-contrast outlines. Rotate the focus ring until the subject is highlighted.

The Electronic Range Finder (ERF)

The area at the bottom right corner of the display is used for focus zoom when the electronic range finder (ERF) is enabled.

If [DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE] is selected, the electronic range finder will show only the center segment.