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Hard to imagine that we are fast approaching 50,000 posts. I have no illusions that this thread will ever catch the Mustang Air to Air thread. These folks are every bit as talkative as those who've found a home in cyberspace on this thread... AND, they've been doing it for much longer.
Of course, this has never been a competition, either with another thread or with those who prefer to shoot with AF gear. I always smile when folks comment on the relative capabilities of MF versus the latest AF lenses, as is happening at the moment with the 28 f/1.8G and 85 f/1.8G under discussion. If Nikon weren't capable of improving the quality of their offerings they would likely have been relegated to the dust bin of history long ago. But performance in the corners or in handling flair or in handling fast moving action will never be the only criteria leading one either to purchasing decisions or how one wishes to pursue photography. Most of us on this thread balance the value of having AF lenses in our kit with the pleasure we find in shooting with manual focus. That is what we're celebrating here.
Of course, the discussions about lens performance are part of the mix, especially so when we have folks like John and Jose who take these matters so seriously and who are so willing to share their experiences with all of us. We have a very rich mixture of fine photography, excellent technical discussions and remarkably friendly and warm conversation on this thread. I for one am honored to be part of this esteemed group. It is especially comforting to know that what I love about this thread is present even when I'm not here to offer support and guidance. I attribute that to the fact I'm not at all alone in valuing this conversation. Many others here have taken responsibility for welcoming newcomers, answering questions and offering both inspiration and support. Nothing could be finer, in my humble opinion.
And so 50,000 approaches. Congratulations all!