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On Sunday, 19 November 2017 19:39:54 UTC-5, Savageduck  wrote:
> On Nov 19, 2017, RichA wrote
> (in article<>):
> > Shooting with a DSLR, trying to manually focus with an OVF and controlling
> > blur-inducing problems caused by mirror-slap and the like is trying to say
> > the least.
> > Nikon's focus confirmation works pretty well, but not as well as using a
> > magnified image in a top-grade EVF. 40+mp on a DSLR might not be the smartest
> > thing to go with if an equivalent mirrorless is available and you want the
> > sharpest image. Of course, DSLR's still have the best focusing for a moving
> > subject and action, but then no action shot ever makes full use of top pixel
> > counts anyway. Put it another way, you just paid $3500 for a lens capable and
> > built for resolution, why sabotage it down to the level of a $400 lens?
> >
> >
> Regardless of the technical details of that article and subsequent debate, I 
> can only speak to my experience.
> With my old SLR’s with focus screen and/or split-image, and rangefinders 
> with traditional split-image focusing I was quite happy to have nothing but 
> manual focus.
> Then came my various compacts, and DSLRs with autofocus none of which 
> provided manual focus I felt I could truly rely on.So with my Nikon DSLRs, 
> Fuji E900, and Canon G11 I always used AF, and never considered MF. Nturally 
> I had my fair share of rejects due to bad AF focus acquisition.
> Then I moved to Fujifilm mirrorless with EVF where manual assist is,Peak 
> Focusing or electronic split-image. My preference is for Peak focusing which 
> make manual focusing very accurate, and a breeze, and now that I can rely on 
> that accuracy, I find that I really enjoy using manual focus. With my 
> X-series mirrorless, EVF cameras, when I am not pressed for time, I find that 
> it is simple to confirm AF by checking with manual override peak focus when I 
> have AF+MF set in shooting preferences.
> I am sure that AF in newer DSLRs such as the D500, or D850 is superb, but I 
> have been spoilt with what an EVF delivers these days.
> -- 
> Regards,
> Savageduck

There is a limit to how good focusing manually can be on a DSLR, given human eyesight and the usual
magnification of the OVF.  The limit probably became insufficient at 12-16mp.  Now at 45mp, it's
clearly a problem.