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Photoshopping in quality is never as good as an image with quality in it right from the sensor. Sure you can reduce CA, straighten distortion, increase sharpness, even reduce the effects of camera shake, but the manipulated image will never be as good as an image not requiring this manipulation. It might be good enough for sone, but lacking in quality for others...really depends on your view of what is acceptable. Some might have higher standards and take photos with different goals in mind.
This I disagree with. All of the photos that you see are made of is 1 & 0's on a very bottom level basic level. You can do anything that you can do with a camera in photoshop.
Sure it's more difficult but I've seen some amazing things done with photoshop regarding composites and correcting images and even creating bokeh to the point where I can not tell the difference between the "fake" effects and the "real" ones.
I quote fake and real because all of photography is an illusion, we're trying to create an image that appears 3D or "real" in our minds in image's that are made out of 1's and 0's.
But back on topic, manual focus prime lenses are still useful for stuff like astrophotography, portraiture, landscape, and still life photography.
You can buy some fast high quality manual focus primes for much much cheaper than the AF equivalents.
I've been shooting a lot of astro photography and landscape photography lately and honestly AF becomes obsolete in both and speed/quality is much much more important in a prime than the ability to AF when it comes to those two forms of photography alone.
It's also the same with macro/product photography as well.