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Live view is almost always more accurate, with af than af through the. Vf. I cannot recall what someone told me, like it's phase af detection or some crap.
I'd be interested in seeing fully manual focus wedding, like the entire wedding, from pre ceremony to post dances, the whole gallery.
In all seriousness, aside from jobs where you've got all of the time in the world (tse market), I have no idea how you guys can have the patience for manual focus.
While I realize we live in a world where the emphasis is all on getting things done fast and instant gratification, patience has been a hallmark of photography since its beginnings. Like the landscape photographer who has the patience to stand out in the field waiting for the right light. Or the urban photographer taking long exposures of city scenes at night. Or the studio photographer who spends a bunch of time arranging the lighting on his subjects until its right. Or the macro photographer setting up caerfully to to get a very detailed shot. Or any photographer who has ever taken the time to set up a tripod, for that matter.
You recognize it is silly of course to suggest that a modern wedding photographer would shoot an entire wedding using manual focus (although in very rare cases I've heard it rumored some still do). But it is equally silly to assume that all photography demands the kind of instant focusing that wedding photography does. I have a friend who is an excellent wedding photographer and of course uses all the typical DSLR gear. But that doesn't stop him from shooting the occasional portrait or engagement photo with a 4x5 (and for really special clients an 8x10...I'm not kidding).
Why do so many photographers have such patience in today's world of autofocus? Because patience can produce great photographs.
Edited on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:22 PM · View previous versions