Auto Focus Lens

Auto Focus Lens
Nikon D40—Manual or auto-focus lens?

I am buying a new camera and would like to know how difficult it would be to get the hang of manually focusing my pictures or should I just get the autofocus. Money is somewhat of an issue and the manual is a good bit cheaper obviously.

Autofocus lenses in general are not that easy to focus for 2 main reasons: they are designed to autofocus, so the amount of turn the lens has for manual focusing is smaller than with old manual focus lenses; and the viewfinders in most autofocus camers just plain suck for manual focusing. They have removed all the aides to manual focusing such as the shimmery microprism and the split prism. Without them, it’s a lot harder. Focusing screens with these aides can be added aftermarket, but that adds at least $100 to the pricetag.

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Canon 3075C012 30.3MP with 24-105mm Lens


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Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 Otus APO Planar ZE T* (Manual Focus) Lens For Canon EF Mount 86


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