I have fear of Manual Focus Lenses but

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  1. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
    Real Name:
    Robert Evangelista
    Weekend Photography: 50 - SAMYANG 85mm 1.4 on Micro Four Thirds Body

    I have fear of Manual Focus Lenses but... Now it is gone.
    Now it is my new direction.
    It means that I don't need to break the bank every time GAS attacks.
    Some lenses are 75% cheaper than the native AF lens.
    It is worth the trouble of loosing AF / Auto Aperture / Exif data.
    It can compete against expensive native prime lenses.
    Need more practice and patience.
    I started out using Focus Peaking.
    Now I end up using magnify.
    Exciting options are out there.

    3 weekends of shooting results:

    P9110167. P9100035. P9040041-2 SUPER LUX NO ONE WILL GO YOUR WAY.

    P9160189. P9160180.

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2016
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Great work, @Robert Evangelista@Robert Evangelista

    I agree with you and enjoy shooting manual focus sometimes also. Besides the financial advantages, I enjoy the process of manual focus. Magnify works great for focus assistance, but sometimes it's fun to just go without an aid. Photos don't always (or even usually) need perfect focus to be good (IMO).
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  3. astrostl

    astrostl Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 4, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    Real Name:
    Justin Honold
    Getting the Voigtlander 25 sent me down a MF rabbit hole from which I may never emerge. Getting cheesy, I love how manual focusing forces me to "be there."

    Best analog I could maybe conjure is the difference in satisfaction between grilling or microwaving your dinner, even if the taste was identical.
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  4. catmurphy

    catmurphy Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 1, 2013
    Denver, Colorado, USA
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    Some of us older folks started out using manual focus before AF even existed.
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  5. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    A modern camera is a set of algorythms and an optical extension.
    MF and or legacy lenses adds a bit of machinery to the equation.
    My old Pentax lack so much, in terms of IQ. Even I see the difference with my 12-40.
    It is that mechanical touch, that I like. The illusion that I am controlling the matter and not some software engineer. I know I fool myself....
  6. MarkRyan

    MarkRyan Instagram: @MRSallee

    May 3, 2013
    I was totally afraid of manual focus for a long time. When I had a Canon DSLR, literally every time I tried to manually focus I ended up with out-of-focus shots. Combination of small view through the OVF + possible mirror misalignment + lack of skill.

    When I found out about focus peaking, I got really excited for manual focus. My first real aha! moment with manual focus was with a Fujian 35/1.7. But it turns out it's not focus peaking that makes manual focus awesome -- it's magnification.

    Now I use manual focus lenses almost all the time.
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  7. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
    Real Name:
    Robert Evangelista
    Funny thing is, I watched your youtube videos and I am pretty sure, it influenced me in my lens choice :)
    and to go ahead with Manual Focus.

    This video in particular: All the points you mentioned in this video
    really helped me to take better focused shots.
    I used my 45mm earlier on portraits, and I chose MF even though it has AF.
    That is how confident I am in MF + Magnify (what you see is what you get)
    So Thanks to your generouse sharing of your experience!!!!!
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2016
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  8. Gary5

    Gary5 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 15, 2014
    I use peaking first, and if that doesn't work I switch to magnification. I'm not really clear on why peaking sometimes works really well and sometimes hardly works at all.
  9. piggsy

    piggsy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 2, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    It's basically running a 'highlight areas of highest contrast' filter over the image, once contrast drops (from low light or narrow aperture or whatever) below the threshold for that filter it stops.
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  10. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Real Name:
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    Next month, I will turn 60. I figured my manual focusing days will soon behind me. But now I'm not so sure, thanks to focus peaking and in-body stabilization. My 50mm prime is a Contax Zeiss Planar. I bought it as an interim 50, one that I would use until I could afford a native autofocus 42, 45, 50, or 60. But now I plan to take the $300 I would have spent on a native 42.5/1.7 and and apply it toward a Panny G80 body. With the G80's superb viewfinder, stabilization, and grip, I can more easily use all my manual-focus lenses, including my Minolta MD 100/2.5, Konica Hexanon 135/3.2, and Joseph 8/2.8 fisheye (290g in M43 mount).
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  11. Robert Evangelista

    Robert Evangelista Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2016
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
    Real Name:
    Robert Evangelista
    After using the Magnify function. I am more at peace on my shots now.
    With Auto Focus, I am always at fear, Did I Get it. With MF I do less shots but higher % of Keepers. And for the type of shooting I do, I can take the time to do MF.

    Funny thing is, When I use my AF lenses, I tend to activate the MF, because I am more comfortable relying on it compared to the autofocus. I wan't to see that I am in focus before I even take the shot.
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