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  1. #1 Is the End of Manual Focus Lenses Near? 
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    https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-a6400-...s-lenses-near/

    When not, then it's at least nice to have in certain situations.
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    I see a move toward lens/camera combos that offer full auto, full manual and "assisted" modes. I also expect a move to lenses with motors built into the barrels that support wireless F(IZ) operations.

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    In the mean time vintage lenses are all the rage and don't seem to let off...
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    For some reason the link isn't working for me....?
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    I don't think it will happen ever. I love shooting manual lenses. (on the other side I hope it does, so I can snatch up all the PL glass for 100$ haha)
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    I think there will be room for both always. I have not used auto focus ever. But have been considering it with the new advances like you mentioned.
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    On set? Not til Skynet takes over.

    In a photography/One-man-band/Docu environment? I don't see why not.
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    On set? Not til Skynet takes over.

    In a photography/One-man-band/Docu environment? I don't see why not.


    Because rack focus not done by an algorithm.
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    Aa soon as Sony puts this in an A7sIII everything in the low budget range will switch to it. I use the AF-C on my A7rII all the time and ever that inferior system is pretty usable.
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    I think that the AF question is more difficult than anyone anticipated, which is why we still have manual focus for cinematography. For photography that question has been answered very well decades ago. But it was only with mirrorless systems that it took another step forward. You can't do AI subject detection, or persistent tracking, with optical viewfinders and flappy mirror boxes.

    Maybe focusing can be done in post with a stereo camera, or better yet, with a light field camera. That would be superior to even the best AF systems. In some situations, stopping right down is a legitimate option, and you don't have to worry about focusing in those cases.
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