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    Estimating the distance of an object?

    I would like to know how can i accurately estimate the distance of an object I am trying to photograph, or how could I accurately say at what distance is the camera focused on?

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    How about a laser tape measure? Good down to about 50 cm or so. If you need shorter than that, use a tiny steel tape. You can get both at your local hardware store, or at least your local big-box hardware store.

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    Or an old accessory (non-coupled) rangefinder like this.

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    35mm or MF camera -- focus and read off the distance.

    Try to guess the distance before using the camera/rangefinder or whatever you use -- do it enough and you'll be able to guessimate rather accurately.

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    Calibrate your own intraocular distance an use your eyes and a paper scale as a rangefinder. :
    http://photo.net/minox-camera-forum/003HEV

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    How far is the object and how precise are you trying to be? I sometimes estimate things up to about 50 yards away by envisioning the 10-yard markers on a football field and counting. More than about 50 yards and I don't bother.
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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    you can always step it off.. each step = 1 yard or 3'-0"

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M Hostetter View Post
    you can always step it off.. each step = 1 yard or 3'-0"
    Not at all always! Not on water, not through thorns, not behind a fence... etc.

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    Re: Estimating the distance of an object?

    I imagine hunters must have several products for determining distance.

    Just checked -- can be expensive! But they had one for $120 that was within a yard for up to 400 yards. But there was one for $1000 -- same accuracy but for up to 1500 yards...a bit of an over-kill for photography!

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