Ep 223: Are your images out of focus? It may not be your fault with guest Wayne Rogers

So you think you’ve done everything right: used your focus points, a fast shutter speed, etc. But your shots still aren’t quite in focus.

In this episode, Gina and Valerie welcome camera guru Wayne Rogers to discuss this as well as lens creep vs lens slop (!), whether UV filters are worth using, common mechanical problems that cause your images to be out of focus, how shooting high ISO can influence the sharpness of your image, the best way to get rid of or prevent mold growing on your lenses – and much more.

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Wayne Rogers

Nothing in the world is more frustrating for photographers than not being able to nail focus. This is probably one of the biggest complaints I get from beginners.

There are some common user errors related to focus points, depth of field and shutter speed but what if you’ve ruled out user error?

The problem may be caused by your lens. This week on the podcast I’ve invited Wayne Rogers, head technician, and guru on all things camera repair to talk about common mechanical lens errors.

Some of you may remember Wayne’s interview from EP 194:

Episode 194: Common camera faults and how to care for your gear with veteran camera technician Wayne Rogers

Wayne shares an accurate and awesome way to test your lens and camera focusing system using a tape measure and a cereal box.

This test is far more accurate than the expensive systems sold online and far more accurate than many of the DIY techniques you may have already tried.

We also discuss:

  • Lens creep vs lens slop
  • Are UV filters worth using?
  • Common mechanical problems that cause your images to be out of focus
  • How shooting high ISO can influence the sharpness of your image
  • How the colour temperature of light you are shooting in can influence the sharpness of your images
  • What is the best way to get rid of or prevent mold growing on your lenses
  • Changes in lens technology
  • The importance of upgrading your lenses to match the new technology in cameras
  • Lens hot spots
  • And heaps more

If you live in Australia and want your camera repaired, then check out the Camera Clinic website.

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