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I can only guess that these wonderful lenses fell out of favor with the vast majority of photographers because AF shooting doesn't require the same degree of concentration as MF shooting. I know for those who've shot for decades, manual focusing is second nature. I was shooting yesterday afternoon and friend who'd observed me shooting before exclaimed, "You're shooting manual!" and proceeded to tell me about his long lost Nikon kit. Obviously my left hand turning the lens gave me away.
I can't help but wonder how many of the folks posting images from the MF Nikkor lenses are actually still...Show more →
As a long time film/MF shooter (since '74), I find the transition from MF to AF to be disconcerting, while great for grab shots and such, I find I'm frequently turning it off and focusing manually. But I also only own two zooms, and 30 or so fixed focal length lenses.
Then again, I'm an old fart that still prefers big (4x5, 8x10, 16x20) negatives to digital anyway.