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10-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #16
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There is no autofocus, so yes, all focusing must be done manually.
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The K5 has twice the HD resolution (1080p) as the K7 and K-x. All of them share the same focusing limitations, as do most other HD DSLR/Video cameras at this point.

One exception: The Nikon D7000 has full auto focus in 1080p.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rite Quote
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The K5 has twice the HD resolution (1080p) as the K7 and K-x. All of them share the same focusing limitations, as do most other HD DSLR/Video cameras at this point.

One exception: The Nikon D7000 has full auto focus in 1080p.
from D7000 users:
"It's not totally useless, but if you're trying to produce a good looking video, you probably wouldn't use it"

all video professionals use manual focus
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rite Quote
The K5 has twice the HD resolution (1080p) as the K7 and K-x.
Not quite. The K7 has 1024p (3:2 ratio) video as well

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One exception: The Nikon D7000 has full auto focus in 1080p.
This is true, however the focus hunting in the D7000 clips I've seen is quite distracting. The fixed focus of the K7 and Kx is perfectly fine provided you use the correct lens and focal range setting for the clip you are about to shoot.

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Indeed, this is why professionals have focus pullers / focus gearing. I actually appreciate the lack of AF, as hunting can make you sick on video. The true answer to this is the Panasonic AF100, which will have locking follow focus rather than a hacked on AF, but yes more often than not focus will still be pulled manually.
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I wish video would allow you to zoom in on your image while shooting to evaluate better if your focus is on. Manual focus is not that hard and often, in relatively static situations, you won't be changing focus much anyway, but some helps would be useful (sort of like it zooms on live view).
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maybe a zoom function could be assigned to the custom button? (pentax?)
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Good thread raz, thanks for pulling this together. I'll be cross-shopping the K-5 with the Panasonic GH-2 when the piggy bank is full...

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QuoteOriginally posted by sledger Quote
Not quite. The K7 has 1024p (3:2 ratio) video as well



This is true, however the focus hunting in the D7000 clips I've seen is quite distracting. The fixed focus of the K7 and Kx is perfectly fine provided you use the correct lens and focal range setting for the clip you are about to shoot.
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I use both KA primes and AF lenses in manual mode on the K-x and get satisfactory results. The main detractor not being a focus issue, but the inescapable background noise the camera records when compensating for light and OOF. This is a known anomaly in all the new DSLR/HD cameras right now (Canon, Nikon, and Pentax) using HD video, with perhaps the one exception of the LUMIX GH2.

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QuoteOriginally posted by secateurs Quote
maybe a zoom function could be assigned to the custom button? (pentax?)
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Check back in another year. Sony should have it fixed by then.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Vaikis_ Quote
from D7000 users:
"It's not totally useless, but if you're trying to produce a good looking video, you probably wouldn't use it"

all video professionals use manual focus

Pentax make prices lower !!!
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I agree. I'm wondering what my old M-series perfect prime glass would do on the K5? I don't think the autoexposure (not autofocus) would still be there, do you?

RE: Pentax pricing on the K5. There is quite an uproar over it right now (pending the final street price later this month).

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/114977-pentax-k-5-offi...ounced-32.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rite Quote
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Check back in another year. Sony should have it fixed by then.
Sony right now has the best implementation of an APSC sensor in video, with real autofocus that actually works. But it was expected, they have a lot more experience in video than anybody else.
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Sony right now has the best implementation of an APSC sensor in video, with real autofocus that actually works. But it was expected, they have a lot more experience in video than anybody else.
Yes, but it is at significant cost when it comes to still photography. I would not be willing to deal with the A55's constraints just to get auto focus with video.
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Althought the amusement park one was mostly still images, I really enjoyed it. Good stuff.
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Good thread raz, thanks for pulling this together. I'll be cross-shopping the K-5 with the Panasonic GH-2 when the piggy bank is full...
thanks

Here is another from a K-5 (I think), paning and zooming.

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