How to calculate hyperfocal distance: free photography cheat sheet

What is hyperfocal distance?

Setting up hyperfocal distances

Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 1

Make a note
Enter details for camera type, focal length and aperture at the website and make a list of hyperfocal distances of all major zoom settings and apertures you want to use, which you can jot down and keep in your camera bag.


Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 2

Line it up
Mount your camera on a tripod and set your required zoom length, switch to Av mode and dial in your chosen aperture. Line up the base measuring point of the laser measure with the focal plane marker on the camera body, not with the front of the lens.


Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 3

Measure and move
Operate the laser measure to capture the distance to a convenient object. Move closer or further away from the object until the actual distance matches the hyperfocal distance for the zoom setting and aperture combination you’ve chosen.


Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 4

Lock it off
Using Single Shot, centre-point autofocus, lightly press the shutter to achieve focus. Now switch the lens to Manual Focus mode and take care not to move the focus ring. It’s worth locking the zoom and focus rings with gaffa tape before moving the camera.

PAGE 1: What is hyperfocal distance?
PAGE 2: Setting up hyperfocal distances
PAGE 3: Calculate hyperfocal distance with our free cheat sheet
PAGE 4: Tips for sharper landscapes using hyperfocal distance


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  • Frederico Monteiro

    yes it is, get with the rest of the world

  • Timar

    Indeed. There is a Digital Camera World beyond the U.S.

  • Timar

    Yep. The table is most ridiculous. It is beyond me how someone who doesn’t even understand how sensor size affects DoF and produces such a flawed table can write an entire article about this subject.

  • Fight4Peace

    Not even a good troll.

  • Fight4Peace

    Counter bait.

  • Dilip Kumar

    Hello Jeff, I found the article informative. thanks. Can you
    please let me know from where we have to measure the hyper focal distance –
    from the camera’s lens or sensor?