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Poll - What do you find the hardest kind of picture to keep sharp with AF?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Liam Clifford, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Liam Clifford

    Liam Clifford Active Member

  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    None of the choices available.
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  3. El_Sid

    El_Sid Well-Known Member

    Sports and maybe wildlife, Following moving subjects seems to be a bit tricky for both me and my cameras and neither of us can always manage to keep up...:rolleyes:
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The questions don't make sense. AF problems are per picture - not a type of picture.
  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Wasn't worth the wait. The page took an age to load. I was able to find next week's poll in the mag while waiting.

    Agree genres aren't examples.
  6. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Very strange page. How am I supposed to know or want to know anything about Ilford or Leyton and what the heck is the Morrowwind expansion? Weird. Anyway, to answer the question, I find hand-held exposures over a second most difficult to keep sharp.
  7. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Well, for me, it would have to be anything that moves. If it doesn't move I use Manual Focus.
  8. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Anything that either doesn't move (in which case manual focus works fine) or anything that does move (in which case it is generally more effective to pre-focus on a given spot, manually of course, or to follow focus manually).

    There is however one type of picture where I recommend autofocus: ones where I hand my camera over to someone else who doesn't realize that some cameras can be focussed thoughtfully and manually.

    It took a moment, incidentally, before I read the name of the quiz company as "apester" instead of just plain "pester" with an odd blob in front. Then I wondered about the relevance of "ape". Chimping, perhaps? Or typing out the complete works of Shakespeare?


  9. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

  10. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I could not answer the question this time as it made no sense Photographically.

    All of the genres given could contain easy to focus subjects, and more difficult ones, depending on subject, light level and type of movement.
    But providing you are using the right technique, and have equipment with a sufficiently advanced autofocus system and one that can be turned to manual when needed, any genre of activity can be accomplished with relative ease.
    However People have been successfully shooting all these subjects, with manual focus lenses, since the dawn of photography.

    Sometimes autofocus is very much second best.

    This is almost certainly true for all static subjects such as Stitched Panoramic photography, macro work, architecture, technical and for still life.
    As in all photography you must know what you are doing, to be able to get the result you want.

    I find I use the ability of my camera to take a spot Auto focus, at the press of a button when in manual mode, almost as much as Full auto focus.
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  11. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I think I understand AF rather better than I understand this poll
  12. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    It's REALLY HARD keeping things in focus with autofocus on my 8x10 inch De Vere.


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  13. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Well Mr H, the answer to that is easy - just stick a 120mm lens on the front, set it at f11, set the focus at just shy of four feet and then everything from two feet to infinity will be in focus!

    Problem solved!

    Cheers, Jeff
  14. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The autofocus on my mum's Brownie 127 always worked. :cool:
  15. Jimbo57

    Jimbo57 Well-Known Member

    The answer options (or maybe just the question) seem even more badly thought out than usual. In wildlife photography my AF has no problem with bird on a stick but may struggle with a raptor fishing. In sports photography, a formula one car may present greater problems than a snooker player.
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