This is one of my first shots while trying out my "nifty fifty" (NF). No auto-focus on my D5k. Still, learning how to manual focus is quite frustrating at first but when you get a hang on in you'll definitely have some fun. Although, for me, i tend to use only the NF in portrait shots where you can pose the subject and the subject does not move that much. Also, manual focus is usually not for events with a fast pace, for at least.
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