Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] R8 or Autofocus? AF for sure
From: "Logan Reinwood" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 14:51:53 -0000

Hi Rick,

I own 2 Ms and an EOS with 300 2.8 (for sport and wildlife) + 1 zoom that I 
use mainly with the flash. There are many reasons why I am convinced AF is 
much better for Sport:

1) With a Tele you "cannot" use hyperfocal and zone focussing
2) in fast moving actions and the probability to miss outstanding shots is 
high without AF (prefocussing cannot solve that) This is not the case in a 
ski race where you will take pictures at the same place for all racers
3) New high-end tele included very nice features:
- - Image stabilization
- - AF preset button allowing to go back to a previous stored distance (used 
for instance in basketball with a preset on the basket, so you can follow 
the game shoot in the mild-field and then press the button to have the focus 
immediately on the basket to shoot the winning point)
- - etc.
4) the flash system is much better(if you need a flash)

Note: 1-2-3 apply only with tele >200mm

MF Training can help but not replace AF of high-end (EOS 1V, Nikon F5, ...) 
bodies with USM L, AF-S lenses.

The only reason I would use a Manual SLR instead of a AF would be for the 
quality of glass lens and for specific pictures (e.g., astronomical pictures 
with long exposure time, macro work, etc.)

Hope it helps

>From: Rick Floyd <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [Leica] R8 or Autofocus?
>Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 07:48:15 -0500
>I find the discussion regarding use of an M6 for fast moving kids very
>interesting.  I'm going through a similar decision process to determine if
>an R8 or auto-focus SLR would be better suited for sports photography
>(primarily soccer and basketball).  On one hand, I think with practice an 
>can do anything an auto-focus camera can do.  On the other hand, I 
>a Canon EOS 1v or Nikon F5 can do it easier.  My question is can an
>auto-focus camera "really" be easier for sports type photography?
>Rick Floyd

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