Auto or Manual Focus?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Fearless Leader, Sep 30, 2006.

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Auto or Manual Focus.

  1. Auto Focus Forced

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  2. Auto Focus Choice

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  3. Manual Focus

    1 vote(s)
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  4. Mix

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  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    Do you auto or manual focus? and why your choice.
     
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

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    Usually AF. I use the center point and recompose, unless I am using a large aperture and cannot recompose. I use manual when AF cannot acheive the correct focus. (Gotta make use of the AF-S override feature. :D )
     
  3. failsafe1 macrumors 6502a

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    Some of both

    Mainly because I am getting older boo-hoo and the screen of the AF cameras I use (Nikon D2 and EOS 1D) are smaller than what I learned on when using film. When I pick up a film body usually just for fun I am amazed how large the focusing screen seems. I only use lenses that allow for focus override and keep the focus control seperate from the shutter button so I can shoot even is slightly out of focus but important enough not to loose.
     
  4. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    mix, typically AF though about half my lenses at any given point are MF. At this point it's a bit biased towards AF lenses.

    Even so I use the AF lenses in MF mode relatively often when doing fun shooting.

    For more important stuff I tend to go AF more often. My eyes, despite my youth, are fading rapidly.

    I'd never do MF for sports. You try MFing a 200mm f/2.0 or 300mm f/2.8 after a long day of school while keeping up with the 8FPS of your camera :rolleyes:

    I would venture to say that a plurality of my really good shots were done with MF or tweaked AF (such as using the memory set/recall feature of my 200 f/2.0, or the m/a mode of AF-S lenses.)
     
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    100 % manual focus on my digital SLR and 100 % automatic on my 35mm ZLR but only because it only allows rudimentary manual controls.

    Considering that I've spent 99 % of my time behind a camera that didn't have automatic controls, I feel better with manual focus.
     
  6. Karpfish macrumors 6502a

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    I manual when i can, but when i need speed i use auto. Im not good enough or fast enough in manual to use it a lot.
     
  7. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Usually go with AF but when shooting macros or if I'm in a situation where the AF isn't able to really work well, I use MF. Some of my older lenses are MF so of course there I have no choice. One of my cameras is off at Katz Eye Optics right now, being fitted with a special Katz Eye split-prism focusing screen which should be very useful in working with my manual lenses or with MF on my newer lenses.
     
  8. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    AF (haha, with a 350D). I try to buy lenses that have full-time manual focusing so that I can tweak it.
     
  9. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    I use AF 99% of the time. The only time I don't is when I'm shooting purposefully into the sun to get a ton of flare.

    AF can't handle all that light, so I have to go MF.

    Not that bad with my 70-200, it has full time manual focusing and a big 'o focus ring. Quit a pain in the nards with my 50 though.
     

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