What is wrong with manual focus?

Started Apr 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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Re: What is wrong with manual focus?

Footski wrote:

Because all modern digital cameras have auto focus as standard. There is nothing wrong with manual focus at all, after all that is what we used to use all the time. The modern cameras do offer manual focus as an option, although it is not as easy as it used to be when we had split focussing screens and the like.

The manual focusing facility of modern AF lenses is hard to use.

* Its focus gearing is too high, and the resistance to turning is too weak. This makes it hard to stop at the right focus point.

* For technical reasons modern screens are high transparency optimised for brilliance, and do not 'snap' in and out of focus in the manner of manual focus SLR screens of the past. This makes it difficult to even IDENTIFY the right focus point.

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