Auto or Manual Focus?

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  1. rodman

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    I sometimes use auto focus, but I wanted to get your opinions.

    A co-worker of mine said I should never be using Auto Focus and to always manual focus?

    What do you guys think or do?
     
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    Wow, that's kind of extreme...

    I use auto focus most of the time. Basically, I only use manual focus when auto focus fails, or is just inconvenient. (Macro, low light, a few other situations...)
     
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    Manual focus when I have the time to (non-moving objects, landscapes, low-light, need focus other than where AF puts it, ect), auto-focus when shooting sports, cars in motion, some landscapes, when I'm lazy :)))ect.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing! I mean Auto Focus is great for certain shots! But to say "you should always be using manual!"

    Yikes!!!
     
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    Did your co-worker state why ?
     
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    I think your co-worker has issues..
     
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    There's a lot of technology that goes into the autofocus systems on modern cameras. Would be a shame to go to waste.

    Also, who the hell can manual focus with some of the smaller, darker view finders in the lower end models? Erg.
     
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    I'm guessing in hopes of vicariously starting a holy war on an internet message board. Apparently his coworker hasn't heard of the low hanging fruit like RAW vs Jpeg, Nikon vs Canon, Less Filling vs Great Taste... etc
     
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    Hmm, yes ... if my DSLR camera had large bright split image focusing screen, I would shoot manually most of the time.
     
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    I always use auto-focus. Unless it fails for what I am using it for.
     
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    i use auto-focus when i press the shutter button and all my lens does is like 'weee--weee' and just keep turning. but then i have the cheap nikon d40 so maybe its only me
     
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    ... sounds like:

    Never use Auto/Program Exposure, always use Manual Exposure.
     

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