Aer Lingus
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Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Sun Jan 07, 2001 10:56 pm

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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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Mon Jan 08, 2001 3:34 am

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...
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Thu Jan 11, 2001 5:13 pm

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

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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 5:44 am

Rob-

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


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Aer Lingus
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:12 am

I thought it was Minolta who invented it
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:16 am

Yes, I believe Aer Lingus is right, Minolta.

Michael
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:23 am

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.
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:46 am

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
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:49 am

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


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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 6:53 am

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!!
 
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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 7:08 am

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.


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Sinlock

Fri Jan 12, 2001 7:30 am

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  

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RE: Slow Autofocuses-Should We Really Be Moaning?

Fri Jan 12, 2001 9:19 am

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

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