Auto or Manual Focus?

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


Auto or Manual Focus.

  1. Auto Focus Forced

    2 vote(s)
  2. Auto Focus Choice

    4 vote(s)
  3. Manual Focus

    1 vote(s)
  4. Mix

    13 vote(s)
  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    Do you auto or manual focus? and why your choice.
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    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


    Jul 21, 2003
    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

    May 26, 2006
    Gainesville, FL
    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

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    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


    Sep 24, 2006
    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

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    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


    Jun 29, 2006
    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

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    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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