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    Quote Originally Posted by WindSlash View Post
    Sorry, haha. I was trained by my mentor using MF during my first shot at using DSLR. Thus I assumed manual have better results then auto.
    well, no hard feeling and hope you learn your lesson yea?

    you remind me of my junior who was practising MF while covering a school event. I politely told her that she could practise MF in other fields of photography i.e- landscape, where the scenery doesn't exactly move about For more fast-paced events, AF'll be a whole lot better

    Of course, by all means do practice MF. Like other ppl have mentioned it'll come in real handy in low-light situations where the camera can't AF well or when you're doing macro photography


    Quote Originally Posted by vonlichenstein View Post
    D3 is more professional. All you losers using the D300/D700/D80/D60/D40x/D40 ARE NOOBS!
    you didn't mention the D200!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daedalus Trent View Post


    you didn't mention the D200!

    aiya lazy to list all mah. wah d100, D50, D90, D2, D2X etc also must add.


    anyway TS no offense was intended by my post. just illustrating my point.
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    Dance is already not easy with AF, especially with the usually dim stage lighting, let alone MF....

    On a side note, the event you were mentioning, is it in a certain university? Cause if it is, I might be at the same place as you...

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    oh mannn... this thread really cracked me up.... wahhahaa... nice way to end my day smiling... so farnie lah...

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    Perhaps TS should hitch a ride back into the 1960s, where there were only MF and thus sastify his needs
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    professional means using the right tools for the job at the right time - basically getting the job done. No technique should be beneath the photographer if it works for him.

    If you can use MF for a dance/sports event and still produce outstanding pictures, believe me when I say that the response you get from these forums will be a far cry from what you are getting now. No one will question your preference if they like what they see, right?

    Some of the world's best marathon runners in africa train barefooted, so does that make them less "professional", as opposed to runners from other countries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullettothehead View Post
    oh mannn... this thread really cracked me up.... wahhahaa... nice way to end my day smiling... so farnie lah...

    -dan-
    Wah so mean, I am still new la.

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    Default Re: Do you use AF or MF when taking event photography

    Quote Originally Posted by WindSlash View Post
    Wah so mean, I am still new la.
    Well, if it is any comfort, many people tend to hit "Reply" without reading through the rest of the post. Don't take it too hard.

    Anyway, pro doesn't mean good photography kung-fu. It means you're doing it and getting paid for it. Of course, to be paid for it, it usually means you're pretty good.

    Some comments can come across as somewhat mean. Just grin and bear with it. We're all newbies once, and National Service has taught us that we must tekan our juniors

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    How do you MF for sports?

    Spray and pray? I'd rather take my chances with "lousy" AF
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    To TS : I think your answer has been answered and I highly recommend closing the thread to prevent further abuse.

    Edit : Doh! I mean your question has been answered, of course
    Last edited by lennyl; 9th September 2008 at 06:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Do you use AF or MF when taking event photography

    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    To TS : I think your answer has been answered and I highly recommend closing the thread to prevent further abuse.
    Agreed. innocent beginners seeking advice tend to attract pretty nasty ppl

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    Just to add a note that most DSLRs' focusing screens are not really optimized for MF. For easier MF, some people change to those "split screen and microprism ring" type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspect View Post
    Perhaps you can help us understand why you prefer using MF?
    hyper-focusing will play the key, different aperture/different shutter speed, gives a lot

    in some old time a EM picture won a D2X,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nenjia View Post
    hyper-focusing will play the key, different aperture/different shutter speed, gives a lot

    in some old time a EM picture won a D2X,
    What is EM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindSlash View Post
    What is EM?
    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...s/emfgfg20/em/

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    AF is the way to go for events cos the people are constantly moving around : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspect View Post
    Just to add a note that most DSLRs' focusing screens are not really optimized for MF. For easier MF, some people change to those "split screen and microprism ring" type.
    Exactly. I was just going to say that MF on DSLRs is overrated and more difficult than it should be thanks to the lack of the split screen and prism.

    There are a lot of people who swear by 'the old ways' (even though they were not from those days). In that sense we might as well teach people to start mixing their own photographic emulsions from egg white for coating onto glass plates, right? There comes a point where we need to move forward. MF is a useful backup skill but one that can come later in the learning process where AF falls short.

    Before the complaints start, I own and shoot a boatload of manual focus gear (mostly medium format) and no way am I going to do it without the split screen and prism. Also note that older manual focus screens ('ground glass' if you will) were optimized to 'pop' at the point of critical focus, across the whole screen. The screens are substantially brighter and MUCH easier to focus. I can nail the focus on an older Canon A-1 MUCH faster than on a current 1.6x crop DSLR or even FF DSLR.

    You can get similar screens for certain models of DSLR, take for example the C system has lots of options for their higher end cameras, at the cost of certain trade-offs including possibly reduced brightness or loss of spot metering (known issue with some of their split prism screens).

    But whenever shooting digital, I use AF wherever possible.

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    Default Re: Do you use AF or MF when taking event photography

    AF is for noobs
    -We spent another 500-1k is for the glass, not for the supersonic motors.

    Turn off your IS, IS is for noobs
    -It is a feature on high grade lens to attract newbie to buy them. Pro has quadpod hands.

    Live view is for noobs
    -You look like a real pro trying to shoot bottom up UWA on the floor.

    Metering is for noobs
    -Real pro use multiple shoots and estimate the light with their eyes.

    Histogram/RGB is for super noobs
    -Real pro shooting BW.

    Follow my tips and you look like a pro now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilihz View Post
    AF is for noobs
    -We spent another 500-1k is for the glass, not for the supersonic motors.

    Turn off your IS, IS is for noobs
    -It is a feature on high grade lens to attract newbie to buy them. Pro has quadpod hands.

    Live view is for noobs
    -You look like a real pro trying to shoot bottom up UWA on the floor.

    Metering is for noob
    -Real pro use multiple shoots and estimate the light with their eyes.

    Histogram/RGB is for super noobs
    -Real pro shooting BW.

    Follow my tips and you look like a pro now.
    You forgot one.....

    DSLR is for noob....

    Real pro shoots Speed Graphic with ONE shot loaded in the mag.. if you miss that shot, you are SCREWED

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    Default Re: Do you use AF or MF when taking event photography

    Quote Originally Posted by sloth View Post
    You forgot one.....

    DSLR is for noob....

    Real pro shoots Speed Graphic with ONE shot loaded in the mag.. if you miss that shot, you are SCREWED
    Yeah. I forget the most important thing. Real pro shoot with film, and use magnesium flash powder and reflector.

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