I do use manual...and have been doing it a long time, but...I have balance problems, and since I sort of sway as I take pictures (you can only tell if you're looking through the lens) I do have issues. I tried to use a tripod...but you just can't get close enough. I'm sure you can understand that. Thank you though... I may have to sell my macro lens...I have better luck with extension tubes, but you can't get as close as this. :shrug What can I do?