THE NIKON D60 IS KILLING ME!

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  1. breemcmahon

    breemcmahon TPF Noob!

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    ahhh! so frustrated. i finally decided on the 50mm f/1.8 lens for my nikon, as my first lens [besides the kit one...]
    oh wait. AF. not AF-S. no auto-focus?!?
    does anyone have this lens for the nikon d60? how is it manually focusing? i don't know if i can handle it! and if i can't, i don't even know where to look now! HELP!
     
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    I don't see why people hate manual focusing so much, stop being lazy.
     
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    i'm not being lazy! i've honestly just never used it. and i was wondering if it is that much more of a hassle..
     
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    "Back in my day..."

    seriously though, manual focusing is not that hard, it just takes practice. I have a 300 f2.8 that is manual focus. Its a fact of life with that lens, otherwise I would not have been able to afford a fast super tele.
     
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    i'm thinking of just going ahead and getting it.
    ill be doing a lot of portraits, do you think i will have any problems?
     
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    You will be fine. Portraits are steady and not moving so you have plenty of time to get the focus right.

    I shoot sports with my manual focus...now that is challenging, but still doable.
     
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    breemcmahon TPF Noob!

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    whoa! impressed!
    well then i'm going to order it tomorrow then. i had my heart set on it and at first it just SANK. all is well though now. thanks so much!
     
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    If it's not too late, don't.

    You don't have to be lazy to want an autofocus lens - especially since it's a fast lens and so you want to be able to focus quickly.

    Consider the new 35mm f/1.8 - it's AF-S, is the equivalent to the 55mm roughly (~52mm) and is only a little more in price.
     
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    That however, is double the price of nifty fifty.
    If you can get a 50mm f/1.8 for less than say...$80, it's worth going that route.

    Or if you have lots of cash to spend, 35mm would actually be a great choice. (my next lens when I gather up enough dough)
     
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    get the af lens.

    it sucks not having af.

    call me lazy, but when i was working pro i wouldn't have dealt with it, period.

    if you have time then get manual.

    but really for me i just wouldn't have bought the d60, your right its whats killing you....
     
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    I rarley use AF lenses. Most of my lenses are M42 mount Zeiss, Fujinon, and Takumar. While the rest are F-mount and PK-mount manual lenses. I only have One AF kit lens.

    Sometimes AF is good to have. But I never find mysel seriously needing AF.

    To each his own. :D
     
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    I recently bought my d60 and my both lens are AF and i usually have AF off. Unless you plan to do events which are fast pace, you don't need it. Just my two cents.
     

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