Thom finally resurfaces, with comments sure to be controversial, at least here ...

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munro harrap
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Re: Thom finally resurfaces, with comments sure to be controversial, at least here ...
In reply to photoreddi, 6 months ago

Focus.

Exactly.

Manual focus. Hyperfocal distance settings and manual focus. Better start demanding companies put in decent focussing screens.

Photographs have not improved since auto focus was introduced.

40 years ago on the Galapagos the sun was as bright and the lenses as good, but there was no autofocus.

How on earth did we ever cope? What would Bresson or Smith or Bourke-White, or Atget have done. What would Bailey and Norman Parkinson have done? Or Eric Hosking?

All cameras need to be designed for manual focus and the lenses work well focussed manually.

Situations like crowd scenes, bird crowds where there is rapid overlapping movement need manual focus. Auto focussing cannot work under these circumstances and no camera however well it tracks can track a mob of anything.

Mobs, crowds, numbers require manual focus. And you get the shot you want because you dont have to wait for the lens to hunt in and out (yawn).

The only time AF is useful and necessary is creatures approaching you fast without anything getting between you and them. Then it is just perfection, as it allows a kind of image not possible without it.

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