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Do you use....

Autofocus
26 (41.9%)
Manual Focus
14 (22.6%)
Mixed
20 (32.3%)
Switching constantly
2 (3.2%)

Total Members Voted: 55

Author Topic: Poll: Auto vs. Manual Focus in Studio Shoots  (Read 8048 times)

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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2012, 13:38 »
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99% auto.  Manual if it's macro.  Otherwise I'm trusting in set situations.

Same here. I paid a lot of money for the auto-focusing capability of my 1Ds3 and L glass; why would I then not use it?

Agreed. Maybe my eyes aren't what they used to be, but I have a hard time getting tack sharp focus looking through the viewfinder. The one caveat is my 5D is a lot faster to focus using the center point, which you often don't want to use since the eyes are going to be elsewhere in the shot.


lisafx

« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2012, 13:48 »
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Agreed. Maybe my eyes aren't what they used to be, but I have a hard time getting tack sharp focus looking through the viewfinder. The one caveat is my 5D is a lot faster to focus using the center point, which you often don't want to use since the eyes are going to be elsewhere in the shot.

I always auto focus, using the center focus point, then recompose.  Never have any problem getting tack sharp images using that method with either the 5D or 5DII. 

Only problems I ever have are shooting in natural (low) light and getting a bit of camera shake. 

« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2012, 19:14 »
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I always auto focus, using the center focus point, then recompose.  Never have any problem getting tack sharp images using that method with either the 5D or 5DII. 

Only problems I ever have are shooting in natural (low) light and getting a bit of camera shake. 

Lisa, do you also recompose when shooting wide? I've had lots of OOF problems when recomposing in this scenario. Any tip?

« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2012, 05:39 »
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I like using Live View to manual focus when I've got my camera on a tripod. Really get consistent excellent results. (I have good reading glasses - got a reading prescription in the bottom of my sunglasses - highly recommend it to those over 50).
I considered getting a split screen - miss it from the days of film when I only had manual focus - but it would void the warranty. My D700 is out of warranty now though so I may look into it. Any suggestions on where to get one for a Nikon - and if the lens does the focusing rather than the camera as in the good old days, how does it work?


 

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