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    FWIW, I purchased my first auto-focus SLR a couple of years ago - about 30 years after purchasing my first (of many) manual focus SLRs.

    The manual focus SLRs work better for me, except for the rare circumstances when I need auto-focus.
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    Manual focus is a joy to use, rather pressing any damn buttons to auto-focus that deviates your concentration.
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    Manual focus is easy unless:
    1. you have some kind of vision issue and glasses/contact lenses don't help you
    2. you have a AF camera with a dim viewfinder.

    With regards to 2, that includes most AF film cameras apart from the top of the range ones. I have a Canon 1V that I find very easy to focus manually. It is by no means as good as my manual Olympus OM1 but it is very good and you can even get a screen with a microprism/split screen on it. As a plus the AF is better than any sub 1D body Canon makes (or maybe that was the case until last year, don't know about the new 7D/5D).
    Have/had Mamiya RB, Rollei 6003, Hasselblad, Nikonos, Canon EOS, Leica R, Fuji Instax...and some other stuff

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    I perfer manual focus, but I like some of the features of the more modern 35mm, I use Pentex, both 35mm and D, but I also have other brands such as Canon FD and Miranda. I converted a Pentax SF1N to a split image focusing screen, the SFI, and top of the line Pentax 35 have interchangable foucsing screens, all I did was cut down a split image screen from a Miranda with a frozen shutter. Works very well and does not affect auto focus at all. My guess that the screen will also fit a PZ 1.

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    But do not, I repeat, DO NOT try manually focusing with a Leicaflex SL: you'll find all other good manual focusing viewfinders disappointing and you'll throw any AF cameras you get hold of into the trash....
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    If you want an intersting and very good autofocus camera look up the Contax; I can not remmeber the model but it is one of the AX series from memory. Instead of the lens moving, the film plane moves and hence all the manual focus Y/C mount Yashica and Zeiss mount lenses will fit and work. The camera tended to have a better balance and for me a better feel than the then autofocus lens based bodies. The system allowed a macro for all lenses without using extension tubes, a macro lens or a bellows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rol_Lei Nut View Post
    But do not, I repeat, DO NOT try manually focusing with a Leicaflex SL: you'll find all other good manual focusing viewfinders disappointing and you'll throw any AF cameras you get hold of into the trash....
    Unless you already own a Pentax LX, then it won't effect you at all!

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