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Manual focus 6431.22%
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I don't know, pretty much balanced on both 3416.59%
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07-18-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Do you guys fire more often in autofocus or manual focus?

I find myself firing more often in manual even in lots of lighting.

07-18-2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Auto focus I great when you are balancing your beer on the top of your pregnant man tummy while you try to open your "Spillage Backup" beer with your can still bang off some shots of your mail order bride with you right hand.

Joking's easier to take control when you have almost everything manual.....
07-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #3
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Manual 98% of the time.
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I learned on a manual focus film camera... so im just used to using manual focus... in fact ive just now started toying with auto focus every once in a while.

07-19-2009, 01:50 AM   #5
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I've been back and forth on it quite a while, but after getting frustrated with autofocus systems telling me what to do in complex situations, I turned off the switch and have gone MF. Other than shots where I'm not looking through the viewfinder, I'm exclusively MF now.

Loving old MF film cameras also doesn't help hehe
07-19-2009, 02:16 AM   #6
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At the moment I'm 100% on autofocus, having just bought a couple of A series prime lenses though I'm soon to be moving into the manual focus learning curve

07-19-2009, 02:46 AM   #7
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I confess my vote was not really a fair one, as I only shoot manual primes.
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Most of my small product & macro projects are shot with manual focus (consistent control from shot to shot during a session), but just about everything else is done using auto-focus. So, I guess that breaks down to perhaps 70% handled with auto-focus.


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Manual focus most of the time, even with my Limited lenses ...
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Autofocus, 80-90% of the time.
07-19-2009, 06:43 AM   #11
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I prefer AF when it is possible & works.

Sometimes the lens is only MF (most of my lenses.). Sometimes I must over-ride an AF decision.

I use MF for macros, through branches, etc.

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With my equipment - >15 MF lenses, only 1 AF - I find myself MF'ing most of the time !
07-19-2009, 07:50 AM   #13
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I shoot with manual primes exclusively. I don't even own any autofocus lenses. (except those attached to my compact shooters I carry around in a belt pouch when it isn't feasible to be traveling with an SLR)

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Again I only have manual primes, no autofocus here.

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I have more MF lenses than AF, but the DA40 gets an awful lot of use. I do focus manually on my AF lenses some - often via quick shift - so even though I can produce breakdowns of lens use, it's harder to say for sure what the actual focus percentages are. It's close enought to 50-50 that I can't be sure which I actually do more, but I can say if you remove concert photography from the equation, it's almost definitely more AF than MF.

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