During the 1970’s era Leitz, now Leica, invented the Auto focus technique and created a prototype called the Correfot, based on their SLR model, in 1976. Being Leitz they where not convinced that the focusing quality was up to their standards, they sold the idea to their then partner Minolta and the rest is history.
Most photographers today never even used a real manual focus camera. Auto focus rules.
Auto focus was and is a very useful addition to the arsenal of photographic techniques.  But somehow simple things got very complicated and one could ask how that happened. How did yesterdays simple cameras become todays menu driven monsters? Even more important, what can we do to get our camera back and make it work for us and not against us?

History Let’s have a look at history.

Nikon F When Nikon released the Nikon F in 1959 Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras became usable for professional photographers. It was the first reflex with a decent finder and a good mirror mechanism, among other impo…

Getting it right the first time

One of the most complicated technical issues in photography is getting your exposure right, in other words allowing just the right amount of light to reach your camera’s sensor. 
"But is that not mastered by the camera itself? Just use Auto exposure, Auto ISO and the build-in Multi Field Matrix whatever it is called metering mode".
That will work indeed, but then you are giving away all control of one of the most important creative and technical aspects of the art and craft of photography.

As an example, imagine a kitchen with a very large window and two persons having a conversation in front of the window and you want to take a series of photographs. All the light is coming from the window behind the two persons and this light will not change during the session.

Not IdenticalWhen using Auto exposure most of your photographs will receive a slightly different exposure due to the fact that in some photographs the persons will be covering a different part of the window (if at all),…