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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 control ring.

    Rotate the ring left to reduce the focus distance, right to increase.

    Reduce focus distance

    Increase focus distance

    Use the CONTROL RING option in the setup menu to reverse the direction of rotation for the control ring.

  3. Take pictures.

Note that regardless of the option selected, manual focus will be used when the lens is in manual focus mode.

Quick Focus

To use autofocus to focus on the subject in the selected focus area, press the AF-L/AE-L button (the size of the focus area can be chosen with the command control). 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 AF-L/AE-L 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)

Checking Focus

To zoom in on the current focus area for precise focus, press the center of the command control. Press again to cancel zoom.

In manual focus mode, zoom can be adjusted by pressing the command control left or right when STANDARD or FOCUS PEAK HIGHLIGHT is selected for MF ASSIST, while if ON is selected for SCREEN SET-UP > FOCUS CHECK, the camera will automatically zoom in on the selected focus area when the control ring is rotated.

MF Assist

The MF ASSIST option in the shooting menu can be used to check focus when pictures are framed in the LCD monitor in manual focus mode.

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

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

  • 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 control ring until the three parts of the split image are correctly aligned.