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    I'm starting to wonder what in the world I'm doing wrong. I am just not getting the hang of this new camera. I guess my expectations were too high. I'm really struggling with my focus, and I just can't fix it. When I nail focus, I get amazing clarity. It looks like I'm looking at the person instead of the image. But it's sheer luck nailing it.

    I need some help problem solving. I hope you all can help me. Here is a perfect example:

    1/250 f/5 ISO 2000 50mm

    sooc by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    This is a 100% crop of his eyes:

    100eye by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    I focused directly on his eyes. Unfortunately, focus caught on his bedhead instead:

    100hair by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

    Why does this keep happening to me?? It's either the hair, or the shirt collar. And I figured his entire face would have been in focus and the eyelashes would look like his hair does with an AP of 5. But that doesn't matter, because even when I was further back, the focus is catching the wrong place. I did a focus test, and unless I did it completely wrong, the focus is ok. HELP!

    ETA: Here's is a 100% of his lips. Those look more in focus than the hair, actually.

    100lips by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr
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    This is what I'm expecting it to look like:

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    Is this with your new lens? Oh.. wait I see that it's with you 50 mm... Hmmm... Can you tell me how you have your camera set - is it in one shot, etc. Do you toggle to select focus? I think I remember you say you are using the Back focus feature.

    Was your son moving during this shot?

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    I have been trying to toggle. I did not recompose on these, I do know. I BBF'd then took the shot as quickly afterwards that I could. It's set to one shot, and spot AF. I've tried both 1pt and spot and I don't really notice a difference. I'm sure he was moving slightly. That's why I closed up my AP more than I normally do. I figured I'd get his whole face in focus, but apparently not... Guess I was too close? But like I said, I still feel like even when I'm doing a full body shot, I can't get the focus even when I'm closed up more than I normally do. I'm wondering if it's because I just can't get outside and take any shots.

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    I don't have that amazing camera like you do but I also noticed when I got the 60d that my focus was alot harder to get than with the xsi. I notice I will miss focus about a third of the time Maybe a lil less but I still have not figured it out. Hope you do

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    ((HUGS))) I think if you just give it some time, you will figure it all out. It takes some time to figure out how to NAIL your camera. You got this!
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    It sounds like you are doing everything right. I agree with Sadie, give it a little bit more time and I know you'll do amazing things with it! Don't be discourage! I still miss focus on some of my shots
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    Do you get the same results with different lenses? My Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 has focusing issues with my d600. Other lenses are fine with it. I've been trying to calibrate the lens, but I'm a real noob at that, so I don't know if I have it right. My point is that maybe that lens needs to be fine-tuned to play nice with the camera (if you don't have the same problem with other lenses, that is). Take a look at the "Micro-Focus Adjustment and Calibration" section of this article to see how to do it with a Canon. http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/app/p...QuickGuide.pdf

    There are lots of other tuts on lens calibration, including focusing charts and all kinds of things, if you want to use a little Google-fu.
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