kjonnnn wrote in post #17948622
This seems to be another instance where ther is much angst generated over spec comparisons.
Go out and take real life photos. Are your manually focusd images better or worse than the camera AF photos. That provides your answer.
Maybe not. A good AF system can achieve near-perfect focus more often than manual focus, especially for things like action. However, when you're on the fringes of the AF system's ability, manual focus may allow you to be close to perfect focus almost every shot (as you don't take the shot unless you think you are in focus, where dodgy AF may keep the system from being anywhere near focus, causing you to waste tne switching to manual over-ride.
IME, good AF can get you to within 0.1% of the actual distance, and either does this or misses completely. With a large aperture, with manual, an experienced person can get almost 100% of shots within 0.5 to 1% of the needed distance (numbers fabricated for illustrative purposes).
AF can help a lot, and it can also get in the way, a lot, too, especially when you've been shooting automatic and are not in the zone for fast manual focus, or override is too cumbersome with your system.