manual focus is easier when you have the right tools.
it's tough to do manual focus with the current DSLR focus screens. if you have a split-prism or similar screen, MF is a breeze.
i'm using a Ee-S screen for my 5D and I do MF without hesitation rather than wait for the AF to hunt for the subject for macro or low-light situations.
i tried it previously with a stock focus screen and it was hit-and-miss.
having the right tool makes it much easier!
Auto mode is the most pleasurable and ultimate orgasmic photo-taking experience.
Once you use it you're hooked.
The Auto Mode button should be called the G-spot.
Last edited by Sion; 30th March 2008 at 12:51 PM.
Isn't it a matter of knowing the equipment and knowing yourself?
You know why I know Auto Mode is right for me?
A Bomoh told me so.
He said my happiness was in the Auto Mode.
chezburgr i can haz?
as long as the matte areas goes "clear"/"transparent" you are very close to getting into the focus.
normally for fast primes, there's usually enough light for you to even estimate based on the peripheral matte area, but of course, the central split circle would have been more accurate..
chezburgr i can haz?
You paid thousand of dollars so the camera can do the work for you. hence Auto mode.
In Events coverage, Automode is so useful, or semi with the A/S mode which makes alot of difference.
Manual, IMHO.. is when you got the time to setup and wait, or conditions that are within your controls. If not I usually use P or S mode
If AF is not important at all (just ask any photojournalist) then they would not have abandoned all their Nikon gears and switched to EOS because of the faster AF. It's less of a difference now between the 2 makes but damage is done.
Last edited by lsisaxon; 31st March 2008 at 02:29 PM.
my preferred modes are manual when doing landscapes and night scenes and aperture priority for the rest. very seldom will i use programe or any of the preset scene modes, but i must confess, the slow-synch night scene comes in handy sometimes.
but auto mode is something i use when i have to use a flash. if i can avoid using a flash, i will. i'm totally useless at flash photography and prefer to leave it to the camera. but in saying so, i've been reading my d40x manual and it's got some very nifty stuff in there on how to use the built-in flash for filler or compensation.
there's really nothing wrong with auto mode, it allows beginers to ease into photography (and once their confidence builds, explore the cameras other capabilities), and it allows old horses like me to take half decent flash pictures, which otherwise would have been total stuff ups.
and to take it to the next level, shoot RAW
Now, I shoot JPG for everything casual; RAW only comes when I know WB will surely be way off...then I need to correct it.