The Duck Race – Zone Focusing

May Queen, Leica M8, 50mm Summicron
May Queen, Leica M8, 35mm Summicron

Sunday was the local Duck Race to raise funds for the local school.

This years May queen was in attendance and we had cake stalls and raffles.

It was a fun few hours and I took with me my little Leica M8 with a 35mm Summicron lens.

Girl Guides: Ducks and Cakes
Girl Guides: Ducks and Cakes

May people now rely on autofocus but on a bright sunny day if your shooting with a wide angle lens it really is not necessary to rely to on autofocus.

Getting Ready for the Start, Leica M8, 35mm Summicron
Getting Ready for the Start, Leica M8, 35mm Summicron

The majority of these shots were taken with zone focusing, something that used to be common and easy but now with many modern lens lacking the focus scale it has gotten harder.

Sprint Finish, Leica M8 35mm Summicron
Sprint Finish, Leica M8 35mm Summicron

With the camera set to f/8 my 35mm lens had lots of depth of field, and I could shoot fast. Many street shooters rely on zone focusing and its something that Fuji are improving with there cameras.

If your like me and shooting with manual focus lens with the depth of field scales marked on them, it is of course much easier.

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