POLL for STREETSTREET-CHAT-Weekly Comp 1...STREET-ENTRIES-Weekly Com...Horizons PollREFLECTIONS - Chat Threa...REFLECTIONS - Entry threa...Canon EF L IS USM 500 f/4...Horizons ENTRIES 27/07...What annoyed you today?POLL for TIME OUTTIME OUT. Chat thread wee...TIME OUT. Entry thread w...Horizons CHAT thread 2...POLL -NUMBERS and / or LE...NUMBERS and / or LETTERS ...POLL Happiness is.......

Author Topic: Manual or AutoFocus?  (Read 1934 times)

Offline Skhilled

  • Amatuer In Training
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 204
  • Still Learning! ;)
    • The Family Gathering
Manual or AutoFocus?
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:23:03 PM »
I know to use manual focus if the camera just doesn't get it right using autofocus. But the question is, is there any other times when manual focus is better than autofocus?


Nikon D3000
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.G VR
Nikkor 70-210mm f4-f5.6 AF Macro Zoom
AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6.G ED VR

Offline jimthetrain

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 658
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 08:01:54 PM »
I find using manual focus shooting with my macro lens a bit more productive. Zoom in with the liveview feature and adjust manually from there. On a tripod with remote release of course.
BOOZE!!! Helping ugly people have sex.

picsfor

  • Guest
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 08:22:38 PM »
Bucket loads - as said, when using live view and with macro.

Any shot using a tripod. Close ups all round. When focus won't give you the lock you want.

To be honest, auto focus is only really good for moving subjects - the rest of the times is just being lazy!  :beer:

Offline Oldboy

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5400
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011, 09:16:08 PM »
Bucket loads - as said, when using live view and with macro.

Any shot using a tripod. Close ups all round. When focus won't give you the lock you want.

To be honest, auto focus is only really good for moving subjects - the rest of the times is just being lazy!  :beer:

I'm lazy then, as I mostly use auto-focus even on macro shots, but they are mostly hand-held.  :-[

picsfor

  • Guest
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 09:43:01 PM »
Maybe i still like to rely on the tried and trusted methods.

When technology fails, it is us that we have to fall back on...

Offline Skhilled

  • Amatuer In Training
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 204
  • Still Learning! ;)
    • The Family Gathering
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2011, 04:34:39 AM »
Thanks for the comments. :)

I've been using it for macro shots because I find I can focus more on exactly what I want easier. I've actually been using the macros hand-held. But they have been turning out surprisingly good! I would have thought there would have been more blur or lack of sharpness...not that they are perfect mind you. LOL

My camera doesn't have live view. I'll have to give manual focusing a shot the next time I use my tripod. I started to go out tonight and try some light trails but just wasn't up for it...maybe tomorrow.
Nikon D3000
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.G VR
Nikkor 70-210mm f4-f5.6 AF Macro Zoom
AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6.G ED VR

Offline Markulous

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 365
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2011, 08:01:45 AM »
I've tended to use AF more with the 7D and use MF when I'm too lazy to shift the focus point and aim/focus/recompose isn't the solution - but most of my macros are MF
Whatever and ever. Amen
http://smg.photobucket.com/home/Markulous/index
Mark @ Photobucket

Offline greypoint

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1041
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2011, 08:17:33 AM »
One point to remember if you're happy to use manual focus, is the huge number of old manual focus lenses out there that can sometimes be picked up very cheaply.

Offline Skhilled

  • Amatuer In Training
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 204
  • Still Learning! ;)
    • The Family Gathering
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2011, 12:15:43 PM »
Very cheaply works for me! LOL
Nikon D3000
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.G VR
Nikkor 70-210mm f4-f5.6 AF Macro Zoom
AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6.G ED VR

Offline Jonathan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1273
    • PeopleByRyan
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2011, 07:17:44 PM »
Autofocus. First, last, always.

If that doesn't work then manual with focus assist.

If that doesn't work it's probably going to be out of focus anyway.
It's Guest's round

Offline Graham

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1543
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2011, 07:48:33 PM »
 As long as I select the correct focus point, then auto tends to be quicker and more accurate than me.
                     Graham.
Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day.
Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. 

My Gallery
My Flickr Pics

Offline rksmith51

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 190
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2011, 08:16:12 PM »
At my age auto focus an absolute god send, in saying that I was shooting my grandaughter on a bouncy castle last week and it had mesh type "windows" there was no way auto focus could lock on to a moving child through that, its the only time I've had to rely on my eyes to get close to focus for ages. I reduced the aperture to f8 for better DOF and cranked up the iso it worked OK I suppose.
Hi, "Guest" long time no see, how are you

Offline Skhilled

  • Amatuer In Training
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 204
  • Still Learning! ;)
    • The Family Gathering
Re: Manual or AutoFocus?
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2011, 08:43:39 PM »
Yes, autofucos is quicker than me too! LOL
Nikon D3000
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.G VR
Nikkor 70-210mm f4-f5.6 AF Macro Zoom
AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6.G ED VR

 

latest Posts

Subject Board Views/Replies Member Date & Time
question POLL for STREET International Weekly Comp Entries 32/0 Hinfrance Last post Today at 08:10:27 AM
xx STREET-CHAT-Weekly Comp 1/8-9/8/2020 International Weekly Comp Entries 119/3 Jediboy Last post August 10, 2020, 06:59:38 PM
xx STREET-ENTRIES-Weekly Comp 1/8-9/8/2020 International Weekly Comp Entries 171/4 Jediboy Last post August 10, 2020, 06:57:54 PM
xx Horizons Poll International Weekly Comp Entries 217/4 anglefire Last post August 09, 2020, 04:51:11 PM
xx REFLECTIONS - Chat Thread, Weekly Comp - 08/08/20 - 16/08/20 International Weekly Comp Entries 57/2 Jediboy Last post August 09, 2020, 03:31:50 PM
xx REFLECTIONS - Entry thread, Weekly Comp - 08/08/20 - 16/08/20 International Weekly Comp Entries 19/0 Jediboy Last post August 09, 2020, 03:20:15 PM
xx Canon EF L IS USM 500 f/4 for sale Lenses 262/6 anglefire Last post August 05, 2020, 07:48:42 AM
xx Horizons ENTRIES 27/07 - 02/08/20 International Weekly Comp Entries 264/5 Oldboy Last post August 03, 2020, 10:25:12 PM