If I prefer to manually focus, should I still get the FE 55?

Started Nov 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
djp58 Regular Member • Posts: 351
Re: If I prefer to manually focus, should I still get the FE 55?

turnstyle wrote:

djp58 wrote:

I have several AF lenses to complement my many MF only lenses. I keep my NEX 7 in MF and have the AF/MF button on the back set to "hold" vice toggle. That way, when I want to use AF, I push and hold the back button. if I want to switch back or fine-tune manually, I just release the button. Works well for the few times I use AF and focus-by-wire lenses. Will set my A7R up the same way when it arrives.

When do you prefer to go out with a focus-by-wire-but-potential-to-autofocus lens vs. the physical manual focus lens?

Put another way, if you were choosing between a physical manual lens or a focus-by-wire with option to autofocus lens -- which would you choose?

If I'm going to one of my daughters sporting events, I typically bring an AF capable lens; lighting is always horrible (junior high), so wish I had a faster stabilized lens, but AF definitely helps.  Most of my other shooting is outdoor/nature/landscape, and I definitely prefer MF in this case.  Just picked up an OM 21mm F3.5 and a Nikon 20mm f4 - looking forward to hitting the trail with one of these mounted on the A7R.


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