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    AF and back?

    Lifting this from garageboy's by adding two words.

    Who switched to Autofocus and BACK?

    Besides me?

    I find 'em just too large/heavy.
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    I switched to AF on Canon 1V and then came back. Not because of weight, but because of the fact that Zeiss 15mm beats the daylight out of Canon 14mm.
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    I'm AF-flexible. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don't.
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    I also don't have auto focus and auto expourse. I like it that way!

    Jeff

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    With the huge, bright WLF on my RB67, I never have wished for auto-focus.

    But I have to admit it is quite handy when shooting action subjects with my DSLR.
    I shoot digital when I have to (most of those shots end up here) and film (occasionally one of those shots ends up here) when I want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    I just bought a 60-year-old Rolleiflex. No autofocus, no auto exposure meter, no exposure meter. It does have a lock so when you change the shutter speed it changes the aperture, too (to keep the exposure the same.) Annoying as the devil but there is an override. I used to have the previous model Rollei and it blessedly did not have this nonsense feature. I went autofocus for my newspaper photography job in the early 1990s but I am not desperately in love with it.
    That lock is there so you keep the same EV setting if you suddenly decide you need a hazy background and high shutter speed, or vice versa....

    Germans trying to make your life simpler. Show some gratitude.

    OT -- the few times I've had cameras with autofocus it would focus on the wrong thing. Pain in the butt.

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    My N75 is lighter than any of my MF SLRs.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    That lock is there so you keep the same EV setting if you suddenly decide you need a hazy background and high shutter speed, or vice versa....

    Germans trying to make your life simpler. Show some gratitude.

    OT -- the few times I've had cameras with autofocus it would focus on the wrong thing. Pain in the butt.
    Don't like shutter locks don't mind wasting a frame
    Don't like the EV locks never use same EV
    Don't like auto focus always wrong
    like blue tack jammed into focus ring
    like an off switch on meter
    But the invention of the devil is a shutter button that is not blocked while the shutter is not armed I don't want a visual indicator I want a first pressure block.

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    I have several cameras with AF, but tend to use it only when trying to keep up with the dogs or our son. I use manual focus even on the auto focus ones a fair amount and I still use my manual only cameras, too.
    Back in the early 1990s, I made fun of the "black plastic blob" cameras that were coming out then and stuck to my old Pentax and a Minolta X-370. I now have one black plastic blob (Pentax PZ-1p), but I've come to terms with it. Sorta.

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    Speaking of Germans- the most annoying interlock is on the Contarex Bullseye- just because your lousy meter can't meter that dark doesn't mean you should block out my shutter speeds (you have to adjust to ASA dial to fool the meter into thinking you it's darker than it is, so you can use slower shutter speeds)
    Also, the infinity lock... - my dad lost many a shot focusing close to infinity on his old Contax IIa

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