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Nov 13, 2008 02:15 |  #1

A thread in the rumor section got me thinking...

If Canon were to introduce their most popular EF/EF-s lenses in a purely manual focus version, but the cost as 60% less than the AF counterpart, would you buy it? Same optics, same weather sealing, same performance, just sans autofocus?

I personally would jump at a sub $800 85mm f/1.2L II. I know I cant be the only one. I know there's a few people on here who use all kinds of older than dirt manual focus lenses on a regular basis (gasrocks :) ).


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Nov 13, 2008 03:12 |  #2

Yeah, possibly. Especially portrait and landscape lanses. Not sports lenses though.


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Nov 13, 2008 03:16 as a reply to  @ HuskyKMA's post |  #3

Not for what I normally shoot (sports, fast moving kids etc.), but for stills, landscapes and such I think it would be very tempting.

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Nov 13, 2008 04:00 as a reply to  @ FZ1dave's post |  #4

Definitely.. 70% of my shooting is done on manual focus,, then again I've been called a Luddite more than once :cool:

For portraiture manual focus is the only way to go..


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Nov 13, 2008 04:11 |  #5

Mmm... Some speciality stuff, like macro lenses, but not everything else. I quite like my AF.


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Nov 13, 2008 12:12 |  #6

But you can get a manual focus Canon 85/1.2 for around $800. It's called FD or FL mount. And, there are a few people how have figured out a little machine work necessary to adapt it to EF mount.


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Nov 13, 2008 15:21 |  #7

For use on crop sensor bodies, no I wouldn't.

Full frame bodies, maybe.

But, I really don't expect my eyesight to improve as I get older, so perhaps not. AF is handy, and I get a *whole lot* more properly focused keepers than I ever did shooting manual focus lenses.


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Nov 13, 2008 15:54 |  #8

I'd take the manual focus versions of the 35L, 85L, and macro lenses at 60% off, but probably not any of the longer glass. I used to have a Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 70-200, which was manual focus and had great IQ, but it didn't get much use because of the lack of AF.




  
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Nov 13, 2008 16:06 |  #9

arent the view finders not made for manual focus on the new digital cameraS? o_0


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Nov 13, 2008 16:50 |  #10

Someone needs spell check and a Caps key.


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Nov 13, 2008 17:09 |  #11

zeva wrote in post #6680871 (external link)
arent the view finders not made for manual focus on the new digital cameraS? o_0

The view finders of digital camera dont have anything to do with the compatability of lenses.


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Nov 13, 2008 17:12 |  #12

gasrocks wrote in post #6679474 (external link)
But you can get a manual focus Canon 85/1.2 for around $800. It's called FD or FL mount. And, there are a few people how have figured out a little machine work necessary to adapt it to EF mount.

Actually Ive seen an FD 85mm f/1.2L go for about $300. They're out there and they're cheap, but I dont want FD. I meant like the lenses are still EF mount.

Lets say you take two 135 f/2L and place them side by side. One is AF and costs $900 new, and the other is identical but its manual focus only, and costs $450. Would you pay that much more for the autofocus, or could you learn to live with the manual focus?


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Nov 13, 2008 18:52 |  #13

zeva wrote in post #6680871 (external link)
arent the view finders not made for manual focus on the new digital cameraS? o_0

Where did you hear/read this??


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Nov 13, 2008 19:00 |  #14

JAcosta wrote in post #6681210 (external link)
The view finders of digital camera dont have anything to do with the compatability of lenses.

yogestee wrote in post #6681872 (external link)
Where did you hear/read this??

I assume he was referring to the focusing screen, rather than the viewfinder, and the standard focus screens -are- terrible for MF.


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Nov 13, 2008 19:04 |  #15

krb wrote in post #6681905 (external link)
I assume he was referring to the focusing screen, rather than the viewfinder, and the standard focus screens -are- terrible for MF.

I don't have any problems manuallly focusing either my 20D or 350D..


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