Manual focus. why the obsession?

Started Jan 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP AngDaga New Member • Posts: 18
Re: Manual focus. why the obsession?

BillyInya wrote:

AngDaga wrote:

I'm been shooting since 2003 with a DSLR and recently with an XE1. I don't use manual focus, ever. Well, maybe a couple time in really low light when I can't get focus. Everyone here seems obsessed over manual focusing. I feel like I'm a fairly competent photographer, but I wonder what am I missing. Sincere question here, I feel like maybe need to learn some more in this area.

Hard to believe you are saying that.

I have NEVER taken a close/semi close portrait and not used manual focus. When you are working with shallow dof you need to be a pin sharp on exactly what you want in focus.

Might be showing my age and style here but I really can't imagine trusting auto focus no matter how good the system is.


I have taken some shots as you described where the focus was not exactly as I had hoped for on my old Rebels. Maybe I could have tried manual focus. Maybe I would have used it more if my camera had a better viewfinder. The one on the rebel was so tiny, and my eyesight isn't what it used to be, so I trusted the autofocus more.

While the autofocus is slow on my XE1,  I have found it to be extremely accurate.

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