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#1 Ticojon

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 09:52 AM

My recently purchased D5300 does not consistently focus on the focus point. I took the camera out on a sunny, partial cloudy day with a couple lenses and took about 400 photos. Most of my photos were spot on in terms of the focus points (confirmed with the Nikon photo viewing software) but the focus point was clearly not crisp in most photos; how disappointing. I bought the camera on ebay; it was listed as new, and all packaging and items seemed 100% new/unopened. Sadly if this was my first camera I wouldn't have noticed because at 0.5x it's barely noticeable, starts to be noticeable at 1x and is completely noticeable at 2x. So basically you loose things like crisp/sharp eyeballs.
Has anyone had issues with bad autofocusing?


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 12:02 PM

Could be other things like the glass you are using, shooting wide open, distance to subject,heat waves/atmospheric haze,camera shake/too slow shutter speed,not enough DOF.

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 02:39 PM

I went out again today and took more shots with the D3300 and the D5300.  My focus point was the cut end of a 1-1/4" dowel; so it's about the area of someone's eye.  I used a 50mm lens with different apertures.  The D5300 at f/1.8 the focal point was mostly blurry, the rope holing the dowel, just behind it, tended to be more focused.  I took a bunch of shots at f/2.8, f/4 & f/8.  The photos with higher f-stop numbers where closer to being focused.

The D3300 had a mixture of focused and out of focused shots from the same distances and apertures but overall much better results.  I do plan on returning the camera but I'm curious of anyone has had issues like this.



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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:39 PM

You're not giving us enough info.

Is the target static ?
Are you using Phase Detect AutoFocus ( viewfinder ) or Contrast Detect ( Live View ) ?
Have you checked if your lens/lenses back/front focus using any of the lens focusing tests ?



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#5 Ticojon

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 09:44 PM

Yes all static targets for test shots and I'm only the using viewfinder. I'm not familiar with the focus test.

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 08:07 AM

If you have Tony's DVD training, you can find Focus Testing in the Troubleshooting video. Otherwise maybe try this - 



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 04:05 PM

The D5300 does not have the AF Fine Tune as noted in the video, however the video may more clearly identify whether the camera has a focusing issue. It could potentially be adjusted by Nikon if a authorized repair location is nearby.



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 04:59 PM

I actually returned the D5300...sadly.  I'll pick another one up in the near future.  For now, I have one on rental for this weekend.  I'll mess around with it and do some focusing tests.  I do like the "red dot" focus on the D3300, I wish the D5300 had that feature.  The box seems much less precise.

Thanks again to everyone who provided input.



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Posted 02 May 2015 - 03:42 PM

Hope it.s not too late to reply.

When something similar happened to me I was using single point focusing whilst shooting garden flowers with my D5300. I found I had accidentally moved the focus point from the centre to way off to one side and so was focusing way behind the rose! A few clicks on the multi selector corrected it. Or, put it into matrix focusing and see if that works.

Hope this helps.



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Posted 02 May 2015 - 05:43 PM

Thanks, I did play around with a bunch of options just to be sure but I generally do shoot single point AF.

I took a few hundred photos today with the D5300 I rented; not having the same issues with this one.  I'll probably spend a few bucks more and buy directly from Nikon or from an authorized dealer.



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Posted 02 June 2015 - 10:33 AM

I have been using my Nikon 5300 for 6 mo now and love it I use 50mm -18 140 mm - 70 300 mm and I have no problems focusing. I think U might just got a defective one



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 02:39 AM

Turn the camera on and hit the Info button.
 
Make sure your Auto Focus is set to focus on the center focal point.
 
  • Go to the Setup Menu. Scroll down and find Auto Focus Fine Tune, which you will see as AF Fine Tune.
  • Make sure the Auto Focus Fine Tune is set to On. Scroll down to Saved Value. This value should be set to 0 to start. 
  • Use a test chart to evaluate the focus of the camera. 
  • Go back to Saved Value and adjust the number until you have corrected the back focus issue.
 
When you have finished calibrating the Saved Value number to eliminate the back focus, you need to hit OK or your changes will not be saved. If you go back to the menu, your new settings will not be saved. For more details read Nikon d5300 Manual





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