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Thread: Is focal point planar or spherical (aka focus n recompose?)

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    Question Is focal point planar or spherical (aka focus n recompose?)

    I mean camera instruction manuals say can focus n recompose, but some photographers advise against it.
    I'd always thought the lens is made for a planar surface aka recompose is fine as long as _photog_ is steady and knows what he/she's doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denizenx
    I mean camera instruction manuals say can focus n recompose, but some photographers advise against it.
    I'd always thought the lens is made for a planar surface aka recompose is fine as long as _photog_ is steady and knows what he/she's doing.
    "Normal" lenses should have a planar focus surface, so recomposing after focusing by tilting the camera is strictly speaking not correct (panning would be ok). In practice, it usually doesn't matter as the depth of field takes care of it.

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    Absolutely nothing wrong with focus and recompose unless your depth of field is very shallow. Also, it still depends on the surface you're focusing on too. A depth of field table would be helpful but not necessary. Just use your gut-feel.

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