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11-20-2020, 07:15 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Am I nuts for wanting manual focus primes?

This summer I got the Samyang 135mm F2 ED UMC with manual focus and I LOVE it! Now I want the 35mm F1.4 AS UMC... (Lens Buying Addiction never quits)

I figure, why not? Pentax AF may never equal C and I almost always shoot center spot anyway.

Feels like Back to the Future for me...

11-20-2020, 07:20 PM   #2
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Many of us enjoy manual focus.
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Nope, I think you're just fine. I have a number of manual focus lenses that I love using. And if I'm shooting macro with my AF lens, I put the camera on MF mode. I often use Live View with manual focus, which almost always will give me a sharper image that using AF. Plus I enjoy the MF workflow when shooting in the field.
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Nuts .. no

maybe to those that prefer auto focus

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You're sane. Those lenses are absolutely incredible. The 35mm is a Sigma ART killer.

Also their 24mm f/1.4 is a marvel, and their 20mm f/1.8. And their 16mm f/2. And definitely the 85mm f/1.4.

I know it's a popular position on this forum to advocate for Pentax-only lenses, and I get it. But Rokinon/Samyang provide so much that Pentax just doesn't do by itself yet. In fact, them making these in K-mount is pretty much what kept me in the system.
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I enjoy manual focus lenses quite a bit so no, I don't think that you are crazy
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Choosing manual focus lenses is also an effective way of obtaining glass that is otherwise unavailable or prohibitively expensive; in my case, 300/2.8 + 400/4 + 500/4.5, in total less than the cost of a used DFA 150-450.

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I used to enjoy them with older Pentax digital bodies - since AF was so slow and kept hunting. Sometimes I used MF even during event shoots because I was worried about losing the shot due to show AF. With the K1-II we are a lot better off with AF. Of course, I still have some of my Carl Zeiss MF lenses - they are just incredible.
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QuoteOriginally posted by heinamj Quote
Am I nuts for wanting manual focus primes?
Yes, you are nuts, but not so crazy as me. I just thought you would find that comforting in some perverse way.


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(...took delivery today of a Samyang 14/2.8 ED AS IF UMC...)
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Nope! Not saying I don't use autofocus and love my autofocus lenses, but in some cases manual focus is just better. I prefer manual focus on the tripod and nearly always use it.
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Yes, you are nuts. Current AF is great! Except of course in a few months it will be obsolete when the K-3III is out. It will be able to track a mosquito in flight at 18mm.
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entirely depends on what I am shooting.
I sometimes depend on AF as the subject is moving way too quickly for me to focus upon.
Sometimes manual focus is easier and can be more rewarding during the process.
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QuoteOriginally posted by heinamj Quote
This summer I got the Samyang 135mm F2 ED UMC with manual focus and I LOVE it! Now I want the 35mm F1.4 AS UMC... (Lens Buying Addiction never quits)

I figure, why not? Pentax AF may never equal C and I almost always shoot center spot anyway.

Feels like Back to the Future for me...


no more than I am.....

prime, prime, everywhere a prime... - PentaxForums.com

that thread is over 750 pages now and is nothing but my obsession with my next prime, almost all of them manual focus....
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I'm trying to get better with MF. Do love my A50/1.7 and my Tokina 28mm is nice as well. May have a 500mm mirror lens on the way soon too. Was also looking at a M135.

I do have a 70-200 MF zoom that I'm not fond of. Not sure why, but I just dislike using that one.
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