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Auto or Manual focus?

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oneblacksheep Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there photographers.
I was looking at lenses today, and found one that caught my eye. Everything about it pretty much screams "BUY ME!" except for one thing. The Autofocus on the lens is rated at terrible. Now, being an amateur/hobbyist photographer myself (I have no plans to "go pro" or sell my work), I am not familiar with how the pros do it. I was just wondering; do you rely heavily on autofocus, or are you able to get those crystal clear perfect-focus photos with Manual Focus alone? Should a quick autofocus be a selling point for me, or merely an added bonus?

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Clerdy Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey,

I tend to leave mine on auto focus most of the time, ok yes it can be abit slow but im not exactly the fastest at manually finding the right focus, also when i se the manual i can't tell if im focused or not!!

I think it all depends on what you are taking a picture of, this is defo the case for me.

:)
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LacieMelhart Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
I've been a bit spoiled to Auto, but if I'm doing still life, I go manual - when you're at a horse show photographing 20+ horses in a class and they're circling around you all at different spots in the arena and various lengths away from you, I use Auto. Same for if they're out running crazy. Ferrets? PFFFFT good luck with manual. Portraits are manual, if the subject is being relatively still, manual. It all just depends on what's working at the moment and what's not.
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blackpoppies Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I reckon it depends on what you're shooting and on you're preference. If you've been doing photography even as a hobby for a while, you'll know how much you depend on autofocus yourself :)
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oneblacksheep Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I know for a fact I've been depending on AF a great deal. Sometimes I just find it too slow, or not accurate, or I just want a challenge.
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Olda-G Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Is the complaint about the autofocus on the lens you are considering due to it being slow or due to it being inaccurate? Those are separate issues.
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oneblacksheep Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the main complaint was slow, though maybe both issues got lumped together when people got frustrated.
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Olda-G Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Slow is no problem for landscapes, nature, and still life, but it can be a pain with events and moving subjects. Maual focus may be too slow then also.

There is the photojournalist approach of 'f8 and be there'. That is preset the camera at f8 or something that gives you lots of depth of field so you can manually focus and shoot quickly and it won't matter if you are slightly off.
Manual focus can be tricky for digital cameras as the focusing screen is not really designed for it. It is easier with cameras with large viewfinders (like full frames) or those that have a focusing aid like focus peaking.
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silber-englein Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I think autofocus is very useful for a beginner. You can use little tricks like holding the shutter button down halfway while focusing on something else then moving the camera back to take the shot. It helps you to concentrate on getting the basics first. I tried using manual focus when I first started, but the photos turned out blurry because I could not see how it was in the viewfinder well enough, which was very discouraging. Once you've gotten things down like composition, lighting etc. You can try manual focus. Now whenever I take portraits I use manual focus because it gives you more power to have the photo the way you want it, but it takes some getting used to. I still have blurry photos from time to time.

Perhaps this isn't the best advice, but it worked out well enough for me :)
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JackMolotov3 Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
does it also have a manual focus ring? if so, get it and use the manual focus ring
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oneblacksheep Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes the manual focus is even worse. My 18-55mm that came with the Rebel XS I have is sensitive and almost feels loose. I can't use anything but AF with that one.
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