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EB-1 makes another good point. In the old days before AF, shooting styles didn't tend toward tiny depth of field as much as they do now, and they probably couldn't have, given the MF lenses then available. Photographers were accustomed to picking apertures small enough to accommodate some focus error. AF now goes far to enable a completely different style of photography, for those who like it.
That said, I have been getting good keeper ratios using my Zeiss 35mm at f/1.4, and trusting the focus confirmation light on my 5D II. Much better than I expected based on experience with AF and the Canon 35L, which worked fine too, but did sometimes miss. Same experience with the Zeiss 100mm at f/2.0. I wonder if I would be as successful with a MF 85mm at f/1.4, however.
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