Auto or Manual Focus?

Auto or Manual Focus.

  • Auto Focus Forced

    Votes: 2 10.0%
  • Auto Focus Choice

    Votes: 4 20.0%
  • Manual Focus

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Mix

    Votes: 13 65.0%

  • Total voters
    20

beavo451

macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2006
483
2
Rokem said:
Do you auto or manual focus? and why your choice.
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 )
 

failsafe1

macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2003
622
0
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.
 

Silentwave

macrumors 68000
May 26, 2006
1,587
0
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.)
 

bousozoku

Moderator emeritus
Jun 25, 2002
13,951
3
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.
 

Karpfish

macrumors 6502a
Sep 24, 2006
662
0
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.
 

Clix Pix

macrumors demi-goddess
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.
 

Mike Teezie

macrumors 68020
Nov 20, 2002
2,205
1
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.