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Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?  
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1628 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  

Good Shooting,
Martin

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User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1574 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...


User currently offlineRindt From Germany, joined May 2000, 930 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I was about to say that... $1500 for an F5 seems mighty low, unless you're talking GBP.

BTW, I own the Nikon N2020, the first AF camera. It's a farce calling it an "AF" camera. My F90x puts it in its place.

-Rob




What other people think of you is none of your business!
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

Rob-

The N2020 is NIKON'S first autofocus camera. Am I correct that Canon invented AF?


C. Wassell



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

I thought it was Minolta who invented it

User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Yes, I believe Aer Lingus is right, Minolta.

Michael


User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1539 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.


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Here's a link to some info on the Nikon F3AF:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonf3ver2/f3afbasic/index.htm

This is Nikon's first AF, but is it "THE" first? I remember hearing Minolta but I can't be 100% sure. If so, what model Minolta was it?

Michael


User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

HAHAHA...look what I started. Well ya learn something new every day... 


C. Wassell



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1647 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

I bought my wife a Stsi for Xmas and I gave it a try at the airport. I put on one of my lenses and I was impressed by the AF!! and I'm using a Minolta MAX 9!!


My Country can beat up your Country....
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

The maxximum 9 is basically a bunch of fluff covering up 10 year old technology. The Maxximum 7 has a better AF than the 9.


C. Wassell



-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

Hey I got tha one for X-mas too. I found the AF was excellent. Pretty fast ! HA ! to all those who think Minoltas are snails  

Martin


User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

The Minolta guessers were indeed correct. Minolta started marketing the DYNAX 7000 SLR FEB85...

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