Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] auto vs. manual
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 17:39:59 -0700

Dear Gary,
I seldom use autofocus because I find it annoying and hateful. It's fast
enough, but annoying. It makes mistakes all the time, at least with respect
to what I want to be in focus. I would never own an autofocus camera. I can
get what I want quite nicely with manual focus. Some special uses may
require autofocus, but for most uses it seems unnecessary and annoying.
Joe Stephenson
>    My main questions:
>    1.  How quick is autofocus?
>    2.  Aren't there a lot of false focusing mistakes (ie  autofocusing
>on the wrong point of interest) that you wouldn't have with manual?
>    and 3.  If you use autofocus what percentage of the time do you use
>the camera in manual?
>   Thanks.