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Old Jan 1, 2003, 5:02 PM   #1
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Default How important is an AF assist lamp feature?

How important is an AF assist feature? I'm highly considering the Minolta F100... any opinions on this model?
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Old Jan 1, 2003, 9:16 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with that camera or anything Minolta.

But, the AutoFocus (AF) Assist Beam is useful for those times when photographing in low light...the AF requires a certain amount of light to work, and here's a page that explains how it works:

http://www.howstuffworks.com/autofocus3.htm

If it doesn't have enough light, it can't focus...that's why you're seeing AF assist beams on external flashes now.
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Old Jan 1, 2003, 10:36 PM   #3
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I can't speak for the Minolta, but I have an autofocus assist lamp on my C2100, and it will focus sharply on subjects 9-10 feet away in total darkness. It will also properly expose those pictures if you use the flash.
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 2:01 PM   #4
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my 5050 uses the focus assist with great results as well. Invaluable for low light conditions, as no LCD or EVF can compete with an optical viewfinder for manual focusing.
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Old Jan 2, 2003, 7:15 PM   #5
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How important a focus assist light is depends on the camera. I turned it off on my Canon A40. I found it to be ineffective in most low light situations. I have also found that it isn't needed. I can get good results in a totally dark room using the portrait or landscape modes. Even if the photos aren't perfectly in focus, they are close enough to be corrected in software.

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