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Manual Focus Vs Auto  
User currently offlineMudozvon From Russia, joined Nov 1999, 88 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

Hi,

I'm too close to be confident that manual focus provides better results than autofocus.
While static shot is not an issue, I'd like to know about the moving things shooting.
My question to those who is in manual mode for years: how do you pan a plane and focusing at the same time? Any hints or advices? What is the percentage of mistakes you have?

Thank you very much.

Faerberg Leonid

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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

I always shoot manual, since my camera is too slow on autofocusing. What I do, is I set the focus to unlimited and hope the a/c isn't too cloose, usually it works, sometimes it doesn't...

Staffan


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

I always use Manual too, but that means i end up underexposing because i am too busy focusing.

Staffan - do you find that its hard to get the Green light when you manual focus? I get stuck on two red arrows pointing at each other (which is very hard to tell which way to twist  Big grin).

Regards

Dan


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Dan, I just turn the focus to the end (infinate) and usually I get the green dot, if I don't I fire off the shutter anyway, and hope for the best. Big grin

Staffan


User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

>I just turn the focus to the end (infinate) and usually I get the green dot, if I don't I fire off the shutter anyway, and hope for the best<

I'm not gonna comment on that...
/JM

(perhaps I just did)



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2248 times:

hehehe,

I used to use it on infinity, but now its just a little before infinity  Big grin


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2249 times:

EGGD,

What you are talking about is finding the "hyperfocal". At a particular f/stop and focal length, there is an exact setting which will give you an in-focus depth of field from X to infinity. These hyperfocal settings used to be marked on manual-focus push-pull type zooms, as well as fixed focal length lenses, but with the advent of autofocus and twist-type zooms, such markings have virtually disappeared.

Charles


User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Jan, don't missunderstand me, but my camera is very old and it rarely manages to lock the AF on anything, sometimes not even on a static object.
Therefore I sometimes don't even get a green dot, that tells the a/c is in focus, no matter how much I try to focus it, so I just have to rely on what I see through the viewfinder to tell if it's focused or not, and of course I don't take a photo if it's out of focus, but if it looks good to me and the camera tells me something different, what should I do??

Staffan


User currently offlineLGB Photos From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

I always use auto focus with my cameras and have never had a problem. The only time I use manual is on an all white airplane with no colors or titles etc.

Stephen


User currently offlineJan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

After reading your description of that camera, I guess I would rather trust the ol eyes, just like you.
Sorry, I had no idea. Please accept my condolences.
/JM

(skojar lite, ok?)



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

It's ok  Smile

Staffan

(skoja på!!  Big thumbs up )


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

Unfortunetely, Staffan and i own the same camera  Sad

User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Dan, we don't, I just bought a D30!  Big grin

(off course I'm kidding)


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