Do tires, best in the world, need to be balanced when put on a new car, best in the world?
The whole point is not about whether it is necessary, but who is supposed to do it and that different people can come up with different answers to that question.
Are you balancing your tires yourself?
To think that the need for AFMA is indicative of sloppiness by the manufacturer is just wrong.
See, I tried to make my post ridiculous enough to not be taken as a serious opinion but the same "just wrong" point of view from the other end of the spectrum.
And actually having that spectrum is my argument here. Maybe
this world has a bit more DR than a single color of "AFMA is awesome and everybody should do it and why the hell is anybody not doing it, OMG!".
There are people with and without auto focus, interchangeability of lenses, shift, mirrors, tilt, film, ...and the desire to adjust auto focus. I wonder if calling it "just wrong" isn't as much of a stigma itself.
I'm not actually having an opinion on AFMA.