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Why do pro cameras still need to pull focus?

Well there's a number of factors that come into play, but first and foremost, the reason a camera operator pulls focus (if shooting alone) or having a 1st AC/2nd AC pull focus is because if you care ...
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Why do pro cameras still need to pull focus?

@Martin A provided an very in-depth answer, but I feel that it's worth noting one more thing: focus is part of the creative toolbox that filmakers use. Pulling focus from one actor to another in a 2 ...
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Practice Manual Focussing

Ever see the credit for "focus puller" in a film's credits? That's a single person's job, just to keep the camera focus where it should be on a moving shot (or even for changing the focus point at the ...
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Can anybody please explain what camera settings (aparture, iso, wb, ss) have to do with visual/film grammar?

I'm not able to state a conclusive definition for "visual grammar", but I'd say camera settings have a quite relevant role on building it. Depth of field (aperture) is crucial for focusing ...
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Is there a way to handle focusing when you're filming yourself?

Put a dummy object where you will sit, and focus on that. With a dedicated video camera, you would normally zoom in on the focus point, set the focus, and then zoom out again for your desired framing....
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Can I zoom in, manual focus, then zoom out?

To answer your second question: You can only use the zoom in, focus, zoom out if the lens is parfocal. Normally a parfocal zoom lens starts at 3000-4000 USD, thus I highly doubt the lens in this ...
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I just want my camera to focus on EVERYTHING when recording.. please help.

There are three answers to this question. Number 1: use a much, much smaller sensor size. Every factor of two smaller means you can use half the focal length and enjoy an effective 2 f-stops of ...
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How to autofocus a Canon T3i Rebel with AmazonBasics remote control?

I could be wrong, but my understanding of the AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control is that it is only for remotely controlling the shutter (i.e., it only works for pictures). In photo mode, it will ...
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How can I improve my tracking and manual focusing of fast moving subjects? (using a hybrid mirrorles camera)

I cannot hope to provide a fully-qualified answer to this, but maybe one or two hints towards the right direction. For starters, I don't think you're doing anything 'wrong'. You might need a bit more ...
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Practice Manual Focussing

Don't try to judge critical focus from the viewfinder on the back of the camera. They are usually far too low resolution to be able to tell if things are pin-sharp or not (even with a loupe device). ...
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Continuous video autofocus speed on Sony a7 iii

I haven't yet handled the A7s mkIII or A7 mkIII, but I'm familiar and own the A7s and A7r line, and before that shot for years on Canon 5D mkIIs. First, video cameras are not DSLRs, and DSLRs really ...
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why is the camera auto-focusing inspite of being in manual mode?

It looks like by default, that camera fine-tunes the focus (even in manual focus). From the Canon support page: To deactivate automatic focus fine-tuning when the shutter button is pressed halfway, ...
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