Video Tutorial: How to Zone Focus a Lens

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus product photos (2 of 5)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 2.8

We talk very often on the site about zone focusing and hyperfocal length shooting–especially when it comes to street photography. We’ve talked about how to do it, but today we’re releasing a video showing you how to do it and explaining a lot of how it work.

As we state in this video, this is tough to do with many modern lenses. So what you need is a lens with a depth of field scale that has accurate aperture markings by the distance focusing scale. Once you’ve got that, you’re in business.

Many prime lenses from Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Zeiss, Rokinon Leica, and Voigtlander have this. With these lenses, it’s easiest to zone focus. Sometimes what you’ll find is that this method can be much faster than autofocusing and much more accurate.