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    Guys, mind to share here what kind of focus that you like most and you very often use it? Manual or Auto? And maybe the reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee-Phone View Post
    Guys, mind to share here what kind of focus that you like most and you very often use it? Manual or Auto? And maybe the reason

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    I use auto-focus most of the time, unless I can't get the result I want, and I think manual focus will help.
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    I always AF unless it's a MF lens or if I want to do precise fine-tuning, like for a macro shot.
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    Manual focus for macro and landscape (hyperfocus), others usually AF.

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    Most of the time in using af
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    Auto focus and multiple focus points were introduced to make focusing easier and faster. Should work for most situations. I use manual focus when auto focus is not available (manual lenses) or to prevent focus hunting in low light situations. It's not a question of liking but rather what works best in that situation.
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    AF for everything but macro. Sometimes leeting af do the job then swapping to MF to choose your DOF also helps in my case
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    agree with the rest. AF normally, except for situations where MF is faster or AF is not available.

    it also depends what lens u're using. many modern AF lenses have a very short focus throw. in those cases, i find it hard to MF even if i want to.

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    Thanks all for sharing

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    Default Re: Manual Focus or Auto Focus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee-Phone View Post
    Thanks all for sharing
    I use AF too, if I can't get the focus point or focus object that I want, then no choice but to set to MF Happy Shooting!
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    since theres already this thread. Bro do u mind sharing whether u guys use single or multiple focal points? I tried single but photos don't always turn out that sharp.

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    Default Re: Manual Focus or Auto Focus?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomieto View Post
    since theres already this thread. Bro do u mind sharing whether u guys use single or multiple focal points? I tried single but photos don't always turn out that sharp.
    Which single AF point? Center or one of the others? Take note that center AF is usually the sharpest for consumer cameras (it's a cross-type AF point), whereas the other points are either horizontal or vertical AF points. See your manual for further details. Do read up about AF sensors and how they work so that you understand how to use them. Use whatever AF points fit the situation. Obviously camera makers won't put in all these focus points if not needed, right? In portraits, eyes should be sharp, so you want to use a single AF point for that. If your pictures are not as sharp as expected please post examples with exif data intact and tell us which focus point(s) was used. It might not be the AF point that is wrong.
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    Default Re: Manual Focus or Auto Focus?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomieto View Post
    since theres already this thread. Bro do u mind sharing whether u guys use single or multiple focal points? I tried single but photos don't always turn out that sharp.
    Essentially the camera only focuses to a single focus plane, regardless of whether you use Single-Point AF or Auto-Area AF (and many points 'light up' across the screen).
    If photo is not sharp, there could be many reasons, amongst which:
    - incorrect AF point selected. Camera focuses to incorrect distance.
    - hand shake. Shutter speed too slow to mitigate this.

    As Octarine mentioned, a photo with all the exif data intact, including which AF point selected, should clear things up
    Exploring! :)

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    Very comfortable with manual focal which I used most the time. Also one of the reason why I choose Pentax KX. Used to focal on the subject and then recompose the whole scene. And usually shoot in Natural Lighting. AF come in only when need to do Candid shot.

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    Sometimes I use MF when low light, when situation I'm on tripod and when I got time to fine adjust.
    don't know since when, I like to MF using live view when low light.

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    AF all the time.

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