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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    Without AF, a lens becomes slightly less useful for many things. This is IMHO.

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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Minerva View Post
    wide open focusing (prime lense) is gonna but a challenge.... done that when i was starting up using a D60. Given the small viewfinder...
    by the way, i forgot to tell you this, there's a button that is printed Lv on the d5000. 2.5" + camera zoom should be big enough to MF eh?
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    Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    and all this while there will always be people saying...eh get D90 lah...or eh get D300 lah...lol it never ends does it?
    i will always recommend that people start off with d90.

    manual focusing CAN put many people off, especially when you have to do it with a lens not designed for manual focusing, i.e. most af lenses tend to have zero-damped focusing rings, from experience.

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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    Get a AFS 35mm and solve all your problem.

    I concur with other it is not easy to MF with AF lens as I have tried it with AFD and AIS lenses. The AIS lenses are much easier but will not meter on your D5000.

    FYI, I'm still using my AI/AIS lenses very often eventhough I have to MF and mannual metering to get my shots. But that's me.
    Last edited by Jamesf; 28th August 2009 at 09:40 AM.

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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    With the small viewfinder, it will actually be quite a challenge. But if you master it, you'll be a MF pro. :P
    Install a split focusing screen... And do it old school style.

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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    just tried MF using the 18-55mm...its tricky but not impossible...why would it be harder to get the focus for the 50mm wide open?

    also what's a split focusing screen? lol

    once again thx for all the help ppl!

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    Default Re: AF lens on D5000... can't AF so don't bother using?

    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    just tried MF using the 18-55mm...its tricky but not impossible...why would it be harder to get the focus for the 50mm wide open?

    also what's a split focusing screen? lol

    once again thx for all the help ppl!
    18-55 is hard to MF, because the focus play is very tight. No much to turn from one end to the other, making MF very hard to be accurate. the 50mm is very much easier to MF.

    Split focusing screen is a prism screen installed in the camera that shows in or out of focus by use of a split image. When image is in focus, the image will be together. When out of focus it will be split. You can see examples here: http://www.focusingscreen.com/privacy.php. I have one installed in my D40x. And it works like a charm making MF very easy. This is how the older MF film cameras work in the past.

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