Onzphotoz 9:52am, 19 January 2010
Hi there, I'm new to this group.. well, just wondering what's really the better choice MF or AF? or is it a user preference? I'm just curious because for the past 2 months, I was using AF setting.. and then recently I tried MF and a bit amazed for it produced clearer shots (in my case)..and I am actually at ease in rotating the lens to find the focus I want :D
ssammuelll 9 years ago
Hi, I usually use AF, but in short distance and other special conditions I prefer MF. If i have time to take the photo i like use MF, but I usually shot in AF
Blackriver Images Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Blackriver Images (member) 9 years ago
The A330 has a very good AF. It should be not only easier but often superior to MF in most cases. My best guess as to why your results got better when you went manual is that you let your AF choose the wrong area. It's a very useful skill when your shooting a single subject to use the AF button in the middle of your direction pad to focus on that one subject, hold it down and then press your shutter. When your subject is not in the center of your frame simply move the lens so that the subject is centered under the proper focus dot, depress and hold the AF button, recompose your shot, then hit the shutter.

If you go directly to the shutter the camera will most likely focus on the nearest subject... basically it's "best guess".

To be honest in most cases given the fairly small OVF and medium res screen of the A330 in LV AF will most often be more accurate than you will when used properly.

Also when using AF try to select and area on your subject of high contrast.

In fact one of the few times I would recommend using MF is for still life, tripod work.
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