Shooting with Focus Lock

Article ID: ART161395 | Date published: 08/04/2015 | Date last updated: 08/12/2015


Shooting with Focus Lock


After achieving focus when shooting still subjects, you can lock the focus on a subject and recompose the shot. This is called "focus lock". This is convenient when you want to focus on a peripheral subject not covered by the Area AF frame.

Example of Focus Lock

In normal autofocus settings, if you want to take a picture by focusing on the nearest flower, the focus is usually on the leaves at the center.
In such cases, use Focus Lock to focus on the target subject.

: Normal autofocus settings
: Focus Lock

Shooting with Focus Lock

In the [ ] mode, pressing the shutter button halfway to focus on a still subject will lock the focus on that subject. Recompose the shot while keeping the shutter button pressed halfway, and then press the shutter button completely to take the picture.
Focus lock is also possible in other Basic Zone modes (except [ ], [ ]).

The position and shape of the operation buttons may differ depending on the model you use.

1. Set the camera’s power switch to [ON].

2. Set the lens focus mode switch to [AF].

3. Press the [AF] button.

4. Press the [ ], [ ] keys to set the AF operation to [ONE SHOT] (One Shot AF), then press [ ].

5. Press the shutter button halfway to autofocus.
: AF point
: Focus confirmation light
  • When focus is achieved, the AF point that achieved focus will be displayed, and the focus indicator [ ] in the viewfinder will also light up.
  • With evaluative metering, the exposure setting will be set at the same time focus is achieved.
  • While you hold down the shutter button halfway, the focus will be locked. You can then recompose the shot if desired.

6. Recompose the picture, while pressing and holding the shutter button halfway down.

7. Press the shutter button completely to capture the image.

  • If focus cannot be achieved, the focus indicator [ ] n the viewfinder will blink. If this occurs, the picture cannot be taken even if the shutter button is pressed completely. Recompose the shot or see Difficult subjects for AF (Auto Focus) and try to focus again.
  • If [ : Beep] is set to [Disable], the beeper will not sound when focus is achieved.
  • When a lens equipped with electronic manual focusing function is used, after achieving focus, you can focus manually by turning the lens focusing ring while pressing the shutter button halfway.
  • Focus lock is not possible in the AI Servo AF mode, or when servo takes effect in AI Focus AF mode.

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