Aer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1536 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1384 times:
I have noticed on this forum that a lot of people are saying that the camera they currently own has a snail like autofocus. I recently purchased a Minolta Dynax 404Si/ Maxuum STsi and soon after I put the deposit down I read reviews that the AF is very slow on that camera. But as soon as I tried it out I didn't see what the fuss was all about. It was perfect for my needs. The AF was faster that I thought it would be and the only time I thought it was slow was when I was using it on still objects at home rather that the fast moving aircraft !
Sorry about all the waffling but my point is we should be glad that AF exists otherwise we'd be losing twice as many shots trying to use MF until we get used to it. Be glad with what you have - unless you have $1500 for a Nikon F5 !
Just thought I'd share my thoughts
FastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1330 times:
You really can't judge AF speed until you have something to compare it to. Yes, AF if a fantastic feature and it its here to stay, but anybody's first AF SLR system WILL seem fast vs. manual focusing. However, until you try a faster system in the field (not in the camera shop), you will never know.
There is no comparison to the early Nikon and Minolta AF cameras from the late-80s and early-90s. I thought my first F4s was fast too, but the newer SLRs and lenses a decade later blow it away. Also, AF cameras of today costing 1/3-1/4 of those older cameras can still be superior.
BTW, if you can find a new F5 for $1500, let us know. I might pick-up a second one...
FastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 1295 times:
Wrong again! Nikon's first AF camera was the F3AF (an F3 variant) that was introduced in 1983 and produced through 1988. It only used two AF lenses; an 80mm f/2.8 and a 200mm f/3.5. These two lenses had internal motors.
Conversely, the N2020/F501 line did not begin until 1986 (THREE YEARS AFTER THE F3AF), and continued until 1990.