mystik610 wrote in post #18187824
The problem is that modern photography is highly dependent on autofocus, and its a huge detriment when an automated system does not work as intended. There is no 'user error' when you select an AF point, and the camera either cannot achieve focus, or the focus is inaccurate....no amount of skill can overcome that.....Unless of course you want to undo 30 years of progress and go back to using manual focus. Go ahead and throw your cell phone out the window while you're at it because we got by fine with rotary phones just fine in the 70's right? Forget ABS in cars too, because if you don't know how to pump your brakes to avoid wheel lock up you should look in the mirror and not blame the car when you get into a wreck.
I actually some manual focus lenses and enjoy using MF so I get what you're saying, but the fact is that in the realm of photography in 2016, reliable autofocus is most often not a luxury....its a necessity. The fact that you own a 1DIV at all is proof of that.
Wow! I am stunned. Modern photography is NOT dependent on AF. Modern PHOTOGRAPHERS are. BIG, REALLY EF(now that is funny!)-ING HUGE, difference. Using manual focus lenses is not undoing progress, it is exploring your hobby and finding joy in the basics. Want to learn the effect of aperture on your results? Shoot full manual for a day. You don't even need to buy MF lenses; all my Canon's have an AF/MF switch right there on the side.
And you continue with the "I'm dependent on technology" theme with your cell phone analogy. I don't carry one. I have no desire to provide the rest of the world access to me. My employer told me that I have to provide a cell phone number. I did. Supervisor called me ONCE. I did not answer. Way too many people think the cell phone is a valid way to invade someone else's privacy. I won't play. I answer my phone when my wife/daughter call. Everyone else can GFT.
And you still continue with your dependency on all things modern. ABS is really good on snow/ice and in panic situations. ABS is not necessary. I still drive a '93 F150 w/o ABS - in snow, ice, and anywhere else I need to drive. I learned how to drive when it was still something kids looked forward to as a right of passage, not an opportunity to eat/read/put on make-up and talk/text on a cell phone. I've wrecked two cars in the last 20 years. Both had ABS.
And you persist with this notion. I bought a 1DIV so I could use AF to track my grandson on the playing field. The 1DIV is miles better at it than the 6D. I shot soccer in the '70s with a manual everything camera. The AF on my 1DIV is good, really good, but it is not a necessity. Even the 1DIV gets confused while shooting action at 400mm. If I were focusing by hand, I may get a lot fewer shots, but I'll never automatically give up and focus on the stands on the other side of the field.
Modernity and progress are fine. I'm all for both. I like living in a house, with running water, and having a stove and refrigerator, and a washer and dryer. None of that means I can't feed and shelter myself without them. Same goes for photography.