Mudozvon
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Manual Focus Vs Auto

Wed Oct 31, 2001 11:52 pm

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
 
Staffan
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Wed Oct 31, 2001 11:58 pm

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
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 12:46 am

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).

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Dan
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 12:49 am

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

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Jan Mogren
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 1:41 am

>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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EGGD
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 2:15 am

hehehe,

I used to use it on infinity, but now its just a little before infinity  Big grin
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 2:34 am

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
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 3:27 am

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
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 3:37 am

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
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 3:48 am

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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Staffan
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 4:10 am

It's ok  Smile

Staffan

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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 4:43 am

Unfortunetely, Staffan and i own the same camera  Sad
 
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RE: Manual Focus Vs Auto

Thu Nov 01, 2001 4:46 am

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

(off course I'm kidding)

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