Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: AF
From: Pete Su <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 05:16:21 -0700 (PDT)

> But it sucks big time if you know the "craft" of photography and want to
> focus on a "specific" spot because that will give you the precise DOF that
> you want. In fifty years, I've not yet found a use for AF. I personally
> like to control my photographic result. I don't want a computer algorithm
> dreamed up by some programmer sitting in a cubicle, to attempt to focus for
> me.

It is no harder to use AF to focus on a specific part of the scene than it is
to use the leica rangefinder,  or the split image circle rangefinder on a
focusing screen to achieve the same thing. You tell the camera to use just the
single center AF sensor, then you use this sensor like a rangefinder. I do this
all the time with my pathetic old Nikon 8008s, and it works. It even works
pretty well in low light, when I have a hard time confirming focus visually.
And this is a 10 or 15 year old camera. The new sensors are a lot better.

With SLRs, you can also confirm the focus visually, something that you can't do
with the Leica RF. 

If people are going to complain about the alleged "loss of control" with an AF
camera, then they should be worrying about exactly the same loss in the Leica


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