I started using a rangefinder not too long ago. My first challenge was getting the focus right and in a decent time. I was used to the fast and precise focus system of my D700. With time, I gained confidence and started using my small rangefinder more and more often. So I ended up getting used to focus manually with the rangefinder system and was getting decent results even when shooting wide open.
Today I was using the D700 again and got very annoyed by the autofocus. Since we are seeing through the lens with a SLR, when the focus tracks back and forth, the image blurs back and forth, a phenomenon called focus hunting. This can happen more often in challenging light or background patterns that tricks the autofocus. The blurring really bothered me. I got used to the crisp image shown at all times in the rangefinder’s viewfinder. Since you are not looking through the lens like an SLR, the image in the viewfinder is always clear. This helps me to concentrate on my subject and composition. I found that focus hunting, even when minimum, not only delay the shot but was also very distracting.
Anyways, the worst part was not the focus hunting, but rather taking a picture of the main subject and the checking it and it is completely out of focus! If i miss the focus while manually doing so, I get disappointed. I get disappointed and I want to improve, I want to be faster, be better. When letting the camera do the autofocus for me and I miss it, I get pissed. There is no way to improve it other than finding better conditions, buying a new camera. Obviously learning how autofocus works will help you make the most of it but still you are in the machine hands, not the way around.
Your thoughts on this?