tcphoto1 wrote in post #18497023
I didn't want to suggest that it was user error but when you miss the focus it's not a usable image. I have been shooting since '92 and have always focused manually, the day that a camera can focus at the point I need is the day that I'll utilize autofocus. In the past, I've owned the Nikon 8008s, F4 and F5 bodies and was shooting fashion so shooting between F1.8-F4 was normal. The focus point I use is always changing and the subject is not always stationary so it would slow things down too much.
It's OK ... in the end, it is usually user error in my case. The mistake I have too often made with the 135 f/2 has been to use too low a shutter speed. Combined with the fact that my natural preference is to use 'focus and recompose', this has resulted in shake-induced blur plus, probably, a little bit of mis-focus because of narrow depth of field with the lens wide open. End result ... soft images.
This particular shot was taken almost a year ago. I've got a little more on top of the 135 f/2 since then. But I still have this old tendency some of the time, I think partly because I'm trying to get to grips with shooting using full manual exposure settings and I'm not yet completely comfortable with it.
I'm all for manual focusing for static or predictably moving subjects and I can see that it should lead to more considered picture taking. But, without proper old-style split screen and microprism focusing aids, I think it would be a waste of time and just more soft images in my case.
Comment and (constructive) criticism always welcome.