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Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby DarkAnGeL » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:19 am

Hi guys, To some this might sound like a stupid question but which is better. Which one gives the best result?

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Re: Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:37 am

As a Canon user I know that Canon is in 99.99% of the cases is spot on with focussing, and I think the rest of the pack is too or they would not sell.
I did notice that when photographing small subjects, like faraway birds, ir does go wrong, but that is to be expected.
In darker environments the camera will have trouble, so there you may also need to do it manually.

But otherwise, unless your lens is slow, stay with AF.
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Re: Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby Switchback » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:44 am

I use AF 90% of the time with my Nikon equipment when shooting wildlife, landscapes, sport etc. There are time though that I like using MF, for instance when I do close-up portrait photography and especially when I do Macro photography.

Also, in some bizarre and extremely rare cases when I feel my lens is hunting around a bit (I find it mostly with my Sigma 150 - 500mm), then I also switch over to MF.
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Re: Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby DarkAnGeL » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:31 pm

I have a Nikon D3000, i normally use the autofocus but thought i would try some pics with the manual but i find that i just cant get it all the way infocus, im like a hair away from it. i get the depth and so right but the focus is just somewhat out. might be best just to stick to autofocus then?

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Re: Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:45 pm

If you don't get good results with manual focus I would definitely go with AF only. (Except in the situations mentioned above.)
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Re: Auto focus or manual focus

Unread postby DarkAnGeL » Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:51 pm

Thanks, will practise using the manual focas thought on things like leaves to get the hang of it but will rather then take pics with the autofocus that i want as keepers.


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