Tiny Tip: Why your lens may not focus

There was a sudden pit in my stomach when I pulled out my brand new $1300 lens a few years ago and aimed it at my subject ready to shoot…only the lens wouldn’t focus!

I thought surely I had just purchased a faulty lens and all my dreams of working with an amazing piece of glass were now crumbling before me. I pretended everything was fine and moved towards a different location and suddenly everything was fine. Relief! But what had happened earlier? Since then, I’ve learned that there are three main reasons your lens may have trouble focusing. Today’s Tiny Tip covers them all!

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7 Responses

  1. Wonderful! Thanks so much, Brooke! I have always wondered why I can get so much closer to my subject with my 18-105mm lens than my 50mm . . . now I know it’s not me, it’s the lens. {whew!}

    1. Hooray! Yes indeed 🙂 Definitely not user error 🙂 Isn’t that always a fun thing to find out! Thank you for your comment Hollie!

  2. Every time I watch one of your Tiny Tips, I think two things; First: I LOVE THIS! Second: Why haven’t I seen her in so long?!

    I think your tiny tips make me better allatime. Fer real. Plus, I smile the ENTIRE time I watch. Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi Brooke,

    I just wanted to say that I am loving your tips. I find your blog very inspiring! I’m fairly new to photography and have taken a couple of online classes from a “learn along” seat because I couldn’t afford the participatory rate. While I have learned a great day that way, it sometimes leaves gaps that I wish I had the answers to. Your tips are so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing them!!

    I’m saving up for another class and hope to be able to take one of yours later this Spring. I love your warm, positive approach 😉

    1. Why Melissa! Thank you so much for your gracious spirit! Its notes like this that will keep the Tiny Tips coming along 🙂 Good luck in your photo journey! I hope you’ll stop by often!

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