How to Focus the Infinity Nikon 18-55mm

In today’s guide, we will provide you information on how to Focus to Infinity Nikon 18-55mm without indicator. Many of us have no idea what infinity focus is? How does it work? What is its purpose? Is this help us to improve our photography and so on.

It’s very easy to focus to infinity using cameras that have an infinity indicator, but what if you have a camera that does not have an infinity indicator and the only thing you have a camera with Nikon 18-55m kit.

Most of us, especially beginners and intermediate level photographers, capture pictures with autofocus(AF) in many cases, which is fine and a fast way, and good cameras can focus objects automatically.

But what if you want to capture pictures of stars, moon, clouds, and the bottom of the landscape.

In short, taking pictures of objects or subjects which are far far away and have too many distances from our point can be difficult to capture with autofocus.

And here came focus to infinity term, and it’s very common in landscape photography, astrophotography, and sky photography.

It may seem very difficult or complicated, but it’s very simple, easy, and here you’ll get all your answers. So stay with us, and let’s find out what it is and how to focus to infinity without an indicator.

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What is “Focus to Infinity”?

As I already mentioned, the term “focus to infinity or infinity focus” is popular and used in landscape photography, astrophotography, sky photography, night photography, etc.

Focus to infinity is an approach in photography where photographers focus on the objects which are far away and difficult to capture using AutoFocus.

In simple words, when we set our camera to take pictures of subjects which are on the distance where the camera does not focus automatically, either our eyes can see it, then we say set the camera to infinity focus, and we change the setting manually.

So we can capture all photos in high quality.

Possible Challenges while “focus to infinity”

The problem that you face with a Nikon 18-55mm camera lens is they have no focus indicators like modern lenses where you can see numbers and infinity signs placed on the lens.

You’ll read or heard from many photographers that say to find infinity go to manual mode, move the ring to infinity sign, and then move a little bit backward but what does mean a little bit an inch a quarter-inch or what.

So I found infinity using autofocus, and 99% of the time, it works for me. That’s the reason I feel this is a much better approach.

And the same approach I used to find the focus to infinity on Nikon d3400. So even if you’ll not find numbers or indicators on the lens, you can find it using autofocus.

The problem you might face is Nikon 18-55mm lens rings rotated at 360 degrees, and they have no stopping point that makes the whole process more confusing. So you have to find infinity by yourself, and here I will tell you how I find focus infinity on my Nikon 18-55mm camera lens without an indicator.

How to “focus to infinity” with a kit 18-55mm without an indicator?

The best and most effective way to focus on an infinity Nikon 18-55mm camera is to point out a relatively far away object or subject such as a tree, lamppost, or anything with the light.

Next, rotate the lens ring until you get a clear and sharp view of the object. It is the best practice that I use and recommends to you as well. Then through the camera, focus another object until you reach the object you want to capture.

If you’re focusing the object using AF, then make sure you lock it using the AutoFocus lock button.

How to “Infinity Focus” with an 18-55mm kit using HyperFocal distance technique?

Hyperfocal distance is one of the best focus techniques available. Sometimes objects do not have any indicator that can be helpful to focus, so in this case, we used the technique hyperfocal.

In this technique, we used formulas and do a calculation to achieve maximum distance in minimum focus distance.

Hyperlocal is itself a bigger topic, and it takes time to explain, or you’re not good with formulas and math, then you can use an app named HyperFocal Pro. All you need to do is to enter dimensions, and you’ll get a focal length.

Let’s see step by step…

In this process, the most important thing that you have to take care of is the HyperFocal distance section, and the process is very simple.

1. First of all, you have to select your Camera model. For example, I want to choose d3400, but I didn’t found, so I select the relatively close model, and here I choose Nikon d3300.

2. Next, choose the Lens option and choose a number. Here you have to enter dimensions of how far you zoomed in your camera. I choose 45.

3. After choosing the lens number next, go to aperture option, and choose the aperture. Here I’m going with a higher number, so I choose f/32.

4. The last option you have to see is the Subject distance. After giving distance, you’ll see below Hyperfocal distance. In my case, it showed 3.41m.

So the base on the lens in the aperture application tells us we need to focus an object at 3.41m distance to get infinity focus.

HyperFocal calculation

You can play with these numbers and see which one works for you.

How do you manually focus to infinity?

The cameras which have distance indicators and infinity signs they’re easy to focus to infinity and using the following method, you can easily set them to infinity focus.

  • Set your camera in manual mode
  • Next, move the lens ring in front of the infinity sign (∞).
  • Slide the ring slightly backward. I recommend that the 16th of an inch is a good setting. If it’s not working for you, then slide it more up or down.

Next, approach the object you want to capture, make small changes, and you’ll get a sweet spot of focus to infinity.

When can I focus to infinity?

The simple and straight answer is we use focus to infinity or infinity focus in situations where our camera does not focus objects using AutoFocus.

For example, in night photography, we see cases like this where due to low light, cameras did not focus objects well. Also, when objects have too much distance that the camera cannot focus on it, we use focus to infinity.


The lens doesn’t focus to infinity?

If the lens doesn’t focus to infinity, then you need to see a few things and make the adjustment, and I hope it will work for you.

First of all, don’t focus on an object which has maximum distance. Go for near object and try to focus it. If you can focus, then try again on the object you want to focus to infinity.

Also, check your lens ring some time your rings caused this problem. Also, sometimes lens not have the ability to focus to infinity far away objects, so make sure you have a good lens; otherwise, you need to change.

I suggest you meet a professional photographer and share the problem with it, and he will tell you a better solution by analyzing lens.

Does Nikon d3400 have autofocus?

No, Nikon d3400 does not have an autofocus feature. You can use an 18-55mm lens to enable autofocus feature.

Canon lens with infinity focus?

If your camera does not have an infinity focus lens, then I recommend you to get an infinity focus lens, and a Canon 18-55mm lens is a good choice for you. Also, it is available at a reasonable price.

I hope this guide on how to “Focus to infinity” Nikon 18-55mm helps you. If you found my work useful, then please don’t forget to share it.