Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #1
Pentaxian
Wingincamera's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Spanaway, WA. USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 571
Catch in Focus,

I finally got around to trying the Catch-in-focus function of my K-5 II with a Vivitar 70-210mm f2.8-4.0 manual focus lens I purchased while back. I had tried using my eyes to focus with and just couldn't do it very well. Eventually I plan on getting auto focus 50-250mm and thought the Vivitar would fill the gap until then. Today I tried the CIF with the lens and was surprised with how accurate & easy it was to use. My only complaint was I had to move the focus button back to the shutter button.

I don't do much sports photography, but this Sunday I will be watching my granddaughter playing rugby and thought the 70-210mm would be better than my 18-135mm.

03-14-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
Inactive Account




Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 147
QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
I finally got around to trying the Catch-in-focus function of my K-5 II with a Vivitar 70-210mm f2.8-4.0 manual focus lens I purchased while back. I had tried using my eyes to focus with and just couldn't do it very well. Eventually I plan on getting auto focus 50-250mm and thought the Vivitar would fill the gap until then. Today I tried the CIF with the lens and was surprised with how accurate & easy it was to use. My only complaint was I had to move the focus button back to the shutter button.

I don't do much sports photography, but this Sunday I will be watching my granddaughter playing rugby and thought the 70-210mm would be better than my 18-135mm.
Looking forward to some shots with your results!
03-14-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
Pentaxian
johnyates's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Posts: 1,192
QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
My only complaint was I had to move the focus button back to the shutter button
You can use CIF when your focus is assigned to the back button. Hold down the AF back button first, keep it held down, and then hold down the shutter button. With both buttons held down, focus the lens. When the focus is correct, the shutter will fire.
03-15-2014, 01:08 PM   #4
Pentaxian
Wingincamera's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Spanaway, WA. USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 571
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
You can use CIF when your focus is assigned to the back button. Hold down the AF back button first, keep it held down, and then hold down the shutter button. With both buttons held down, focus the lens. When the focus is correct, the shutter will fire.
I tried that, but found it was too awkward to hold the camera & lens & and pushing both buttons at the same time. I will probably keep the camera focus setup using the AF back button except for those times with using a manual lens.
My granddaughter's game is this Sunday and it's suppose to be raining. If it rains the only weather proof lens I have is the DA 18-135mm. Then I will have to decide to watch from the sidelines or behind the end zone. I have never watched rugby before, so will be a learning experience.

03-16-2014, 06:18 AM   #5
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, N.Y.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,124
QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
<snip>My granddaughter's game is this Sunday and it's suppose to be raining. If it rains the only weather proof lens I have is the DA 18-135mm. Then I will have to decide to watch from the sidelines or behind the end zone. I have never watched rugby before, so will be a learning experience.
Conceptually, it's not very different than watching or photographing football / soccer. You can do it from the end zones but the photos will be more intriguing if you do it while moving with the action along the sidelines.
Have fun doing it.
03-16-2014, 11:32 AM   #6
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Creswell, OR
Posts: 6
QuoteOriginally posted by johnyates Quote
You can use CIF when your focus is assigned to the back button. Hold down the AF back button first, keep it held down, and then hold down the shutter button. With both buttons held down, focus the lens. When the focus is correct, the shutter will fire.
Thanks! Going to try that out....newbie to K5 and enjoy learning all these bells and whistles!
03-20-2014, 10:01 AM   #7
Site Supporter
savoche's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Lowlands of Norway
Posts: 8,666
QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
I tried that, but found it was too awkward to hold the camera & lens & and pushing both buttons at the same time. I will probably keep the camera focus setup using the AF back button except for those times with using a manual lens.
A tip I got from another thread; you can set the AF in a User mode, so if you usually have AF assigned to the back button you can have it assigned to the shutter button in a user mode.

I have it that way mainly to be able to quickly switch it over to "normal" in case somebody else should need to use my camera.
03-21-2014, 11:19 AM   #8
Pentaxian
Wingincamera's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Spanaway, WA. USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 571
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
A tip I got from another thread; you can set the AF in a User mode, so if you usually have AF assigned to the back button you can have it assigned to the shutter button in a user mode.

I have it that way mainly to be able to quickly switch it over to "normal" in case somebody else should need to use my camera.
That is a great ideal. Don't know why I didn't think of it. Thank you.

Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
70-210mm, button, camera, dslr, focus, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, lens, pentax k-5, vivitar
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Catch in focus help Halftufish Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 03-31-2013 03:27 PM
Catch in Focus and Lens Resolution [k-x] Alec [k-x] Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 20 03-17-2013 12:55 AM
Catch-in-focus & burst hcc Pentax DSLR Discussion 10 05-25-2011 06:52 AM
Catch in focus and kit lens mferbfriske Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 12-19-2010 11:11 PM
Catch in Focus Battery life clippy3 Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 11-17-2010 07:42 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:24 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top