Is it Diffcult to use a manual focus lens?


scorpioh

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No. It is not difficult to use. In fact, maunal focsuing while slowing you down, allows you to make better pictures.
 

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mmm, so what happen if you taking Baby or kids photos? is it diffcult as they usally runs around?
yes and no... some ppl can manaul focus and still take kids runnning around... but usually the hit rate is very low....and i know i cannot... :bsmilie:
 

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yes and no... some ppl can manaul focus and still take kids runnning around... but usually the hit rate is very low....and i know i cannot... :bsmilie:
So i think must practice to make it prefect, and flowerpot i when to your blog to see the pictures you took for your child. i like the way you took the pictures everyday, and not missing any special moment of your baby expression.

From your photos, i can feel your love toward your baby. Any your baby is super cute one lor......:lovegrin:

Hope to get married soon, to have a baby of my own.

Anyway care to share what lens you using?
 

Baracus

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Is it diffcult to use manual lens like Takumar 50mm f1.4/f1.7/2.0? and is there any different between Takumar 55mm and 50mm? Which is better?
Why Takumars and not M, A or K series? No need to use adapter and better coating, not to mention Av, Sv use with A lenses. And I don't the the price difference is too great... :dunno:
Make sure to change your focusing screen to split-screen/ microprism variety for easier fine focusing.

mmm, so what happen if you taking Baby or kids photos? is it diffcult as they usally runs around?
Hold them down? :bsmilie: You can check out pinholecam's thread on photographing kids if you haven't already.
 

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Yes you need to get a focusing screen for manual lens. You can do without the focusing screen but you will need quite good eyesight and practice alot to determine whether the focus is sharp or not.

Of course manual lenses are harder to use because focusing is slow and you are liable for its focus accuracy.
 

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i got perfect eyesight.. does it help? hahaha
 

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Yes you need to get a focusing screen for manual lens. You can do without the focusing screen but you will need quite good eyesight and practice alot to determine whether the focus is sharp or not.

Of course manual lenses are harder to use because focusing is slow and you are liable for its focus accuracy.
Oic, but i don't really know what is a foucusing screen...... and where can i buy it?
 

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Is it diffcult to use manual lens like Takumar 50mm f1.4/f1.7/2.0? and is there any different between Takumar 55mm and 50mm? Which is better?
Takumars or any of the M42 mount lenses are harder to use. You need to close down the aperture to the f-stop you want before taking the picture. So the process is slower.
For faster, I usually don't bother and just use the lens at a close down position, but that is likely limited to f5.6 to f8 as the viewfinder gets too dark beyond that.

My advice as in another thread is to get the K mount lenses. Use Takumars if you admire their usage/optical characteristics; is on a really tight budget and can get them cheap or are hard core. :D
(Btw, I do have 1 set :p )
 

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Oic, but i don't really know what is a foucusing screen...... and where can i buy it?
http://www.focusingscreen.com/work/kmen.htm

Para 18-21 refers to how it works.

focusingscreen.com basically mods focusing screens for different camera bodies. the hot favourite for the K-X is the one modded from the Nikon K3 type.

another source is katzeye.

http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/
 

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Takumars or any of the M42 mount lenses are harder to use. You need to close down the aperture to the f-stop you want before taking the picture. So the process is slower.
For faster, I usually don't bother and just use the lens at a close down position, but that is likely limited to f5.6 to f8 as the viewfinder gets too dark beyond that.

My advice as in another thread is to get the K mount lenses. Use Takumars if you admire their usage/optical characteristics; is on a really tight budget and can get them cheap or are hard core. :D
(Btw, I do have 1 set :p )
I think i'll be more on the Cheap plus Hard Core type.
 

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scorpioh

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mmm, so what happen if you taking Baby or kids photos? is it diffcult as they usally runs around?
Sorry ah, but let me rant a bit. Ok, if you are taking pics of kids running around, I'd agree it may be quite challenging. Not just MF, even AF can be challenging too. But I do not know why people always relate this kids running around thing with manual focusing? It's not even a genre by itself. You have macros, street, urban, landscape, portraits, fashion, events, sports and more and I would say manual focusing is doable for majority of the genre! AF wasn't in the equation say a few decades ago but people did produce great photos - what does that say? It's alot to do with the photographer. For me, manual focusing links the photographer to the camera and until I had done it (with a proper manual lens and good spilt focus screen (Katzeye)) I did not know what AF has robbed me off from photography.

My two cents. Sorry if I sound offending in anyway.
 

wazzupku

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http://www.focusingscreen.com/work/kmen.htm

Para 18-21 refers to how it works.

focusingscreen.com basically mods focusing screens for different camera bodies. the hot favourite for the K-X is the one modded from the Nikon K3 type.

another source is katzeye.

http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/
I was thinking to get the split screen too. But hard to decide you know. Maybe get a magnifier viewfinder first and an eyecup which can block the sunlight goes into the viewfinder.

the 45 degree split screen isn't as good as horizontal i think. Also, as I know, this works best on K mount. For M42, when u use F8 or more, the viewfinder become very very dark and hard to see through.
 

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Is it diffcult to use manual lens like Takumar 50mm f1.4/f1.7/2.0? and is there any different between Takumar 55mm and 50mm? Which is better?
only when you have shallow dof.

even then, you can do er, "focus bracketing", i'm not sure if that's an official term, just focus to what you think is right, and then ease the focus a bit while firing continuously and usually you will get one shot that's usable.
 

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only when you have shallow dof.

even then, you can do er, "focus bracketing", i'm not sure if that's an official term, just focus to what you think is right, and then ease the focus a bit while firing continuously and usually you will get one shot that's usable.
May i know what is dof?
 

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