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View Poll Results: What % of the time do you shooot auto focus?
Almost always 4536.29%
75% 3125.00%
50% 1612.90%
25% 129.68%
10% 1310.48%
0% 75.65%
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07-13-2012, 07:03 AM   #16
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Never,
I do have two AF lenses (kitlens and 50-200) but I focus those manually just like my old takumars.

I like focusing manually, especially with the ee-S focusing screen and the TENPA 1.34x eyepiece

07-13-2012, 07:12 AM   #17
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10% or less. LBA hit me hard (i'd have far more if finances allowed), and I just like my manual glass more. The 10% i'm shooting AF is with the DA35 F2.4. I have a tamron 28-200 but it's not really something I like to use. The 18-55 WR comes out once in a while for wider shots, as my widest manual glass is 28mm. Most of the time i'm shooting with my taks, M50f1.7, or my tokina A 35-105.
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QuoteOriginally posted by magkelly Quote
Used to be about even but lately with my eyes giving me trouble it's more like 75% of the time. I'm not giving up MF completely but I am thinking that having as many MF lenses and bodies as I do is probably rather indulgent. I'm actually contemplating selling my Taks and just keeping my favorite Viv's and my Chinons. I'm sitting on $400 worth of Taks and I'm not too sure I'll be able to continue using them much in the future. Makes more sense for me to sell the Taks and use the cheaper lenses than to keep them all. Haven't quite got my mind there, love my Taks, lol, but I'm really thinking I ought to be more practical and go there.
Funnily enough i've been rounding out my Taks and will be selling off my MF k mount lenses (along with some less used film gear) and supplementing my AF lens collection for much he same reason. Getting the DA35 2.4 was a start, great value in that lens, desperately wanting an FA77, and at the 50 end I can't decide which (43, DA50, Fa50 or DA55 - cost will likely determine the decision though)
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With eleven Adaptall SP's and many M42 lenses on the shelf manual focus is a necessity.

More to the point is the question: What percent of the time do you THINK in manual focus mode even when using AF?

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QuoteOriginally posted by pacerr Quote
With eleven Adaptall SP's and many M42 lenses on the shelf manual focus is a necessity.

More to the point is the question: What percent of the time do you THINK in manual focus mode even when using AF?

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I think MF almost all the time, (and in B/W for that matter most of the time)
07-13-2012, 07:48 AM   #21
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I put 50% but it really depends on the situation, and lens. If I'm using a tripod I use manual focus almost exclusively. If I'm chasing the kids, or otherwise multi-tasking I'm using auto-focus.
07-13-2012, 08:30 AM   #22
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When using AF I take more snaps, with mf I take my time - so that biases results if I count images. If I just count outings that use mf most often I would be closer to 50/50.
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I marked 50%, but I really don't have an exact number. With the DA 16-50, almost always, with the DA-L 55-300, probably 75%, with the 12-24, 25%, with the two M lenses, CIF at times, but usually 100% MF. I do have an LL-60 screen which helps immensely.

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Generally speaking, I shoot all manual. But I marked 25%, based solely on the cameras I use regularly now - K1000, K2, KX, and ZX-7. I just recently bought the ZX-7 to try its AF capabilities.
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I find it interesting that many commentators appear to base the decision on whether to MF or AF on the lens. To a great degree, it's situational for me regardless of the type of lens. But as Mag notes, it's getting tough and slow and I'm increasingly utilizing a refconverter or live view in increasing multiplications. Even with the kids at play, I tend to set a focal point and let them move into it - this also let's me predetermine the background. I guess that's an old manual habit designed to prevent telephone poles from growing out of the top of their head's or that washed out highlight that was a standard of my film days.
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Never, but that may have something to do with the fact that I only have manual lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jac Quote
I find it interesting that many commentators appear to base the decision on whether to MF or AF on the lens.
Interesting observation. For me it's partially based on whether the lens is AF or MF, but choosing that lens is often taking into consideration whether I'm intending to take the time to get the shot right, or just want to make sure I get a shot. I have AF zooms that cover from 18 up to 200, and primes/mf zooms covering pretty much every desired focal point (except wide) from 28-200. Manual focusing my AF lenses is a pain with the short focus throws, and essentially not a good idea with my da35 f2.4 now that my AF/MF switch is broken and permanently AF (no quick shift).

So, I know you said "many commentators," which definitely leaves the room for people like me. I think the way I worded my post misconstrued what's actually going on in my decision making process. I have a suspicion that this is the case for many of us .
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I voted for 75%. Mostly because I use quite lot of quick-shift and the use of 300/4+1.7x AFA is semi-autofocusing. I use also Samyang 85/1.4 and Tokina AT-X 90/2.5 macro occasionally.
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For the last year or so, I have been using manual focus 100% of the time with my prime M42 lenses. I actually gave my only auto focus lenses to my sister since I no longer use them
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I guess I am more camera specific.

If I am using my auto focus cameras then I use autofocus, unless I just cannot get the picture, then I will select manual. That doesn't happen often so I would say, 98% in those circumstances. I just don't remember mounting a manual focus lens on an autofocus camera except to do an occasional test, or a long range shot with one of my manual telephotos. I tend to use autofocus cameras about 25$ of the time. Like others have said, this is increasing as I get older. I am finding that I am grabbing my 645Nii or PZ1p more often now, particularly the former. I love the viewfinder on that 645Nii!!

When I use my manual cameras I never use autofocus and I have one of those in my hands at least 75% of the time.

I rounded it off and said I am using autofocus about 25% of the time.
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