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08-29-2018, 04:16 AM   #1
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Best AF.C Setting for the K-5II

Can anybody recommend the best settings when using the AF.C on the K-5II? Thanks

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I have used K-5II for more than 4 years. My recommendation is not to use and to rely on AF.C mode. The reason is that the AF areas are too large to be able to follow the subject appropriately.


When I was (occasionally) shooting any movement, I always used AF.S mode with the highest frame rate - push the AF button -> 2-4 pictures, push the AF button -> 2-4 pictures and so on ... and my success rate was quite high (around 80-90 %).
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When shooting sports, I use AF-S, center point only.

It works for me, my style, and limited skills

Good luck....
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Thanks. I have same observations. I just thought that maybe someone might have discovered some other technique on how to use AF.C. Thanks again.

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In shooting sports with a K-30, which is a vintage similar to yours, I only use single point AF-C with back button focus. Works really well.
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I'll try that out clackers. I've tried AF.C but not with SEL. My rate of success was quite low.
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QuoteOriginally posted by totsmuyco Quote
I'll try that out clackers. I've tried AF.C but not with SEL. My rate of success was quite low.

I never had a problem, Totsmuyco. Why is that?

Two examples below:



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I didn't use SEL. I used the standard focus points. I should try what you're doing, using SEL. I'm surely doing things the wrong way. Thanks for sharing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by totsmuyco Quote
I didn't use SEL. I used the standard focus points. I should try what you're doing, using SEL. I'm surely doing things the wrong way. Thanks for sharing.
I don't understand.

Many of those focus points would not have been on your subject.

You must have got lots of shots where you've focused on strong lines around your subject or in the background.

Your homework is to choose single point and to let off many frames while smoothly tracking a moving object.

Really twist from the waist.

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I believe you're right clackers. I still haven't gone out lately. Still busy with work. I've resolved the issues with the k-3II as suggested by C_Jones. So far, success rate with the k-3II seem okay. In line with what C_Jones suggested I thought that someone here might have some tips on some settings like C_Jones did for the k-3II.
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QuoteOriginally posted by totsmuyco Quote
I believe you're right clackers. I still haven't gone out lately. Still busy with work. I've resolved the issues with the k-3II as suggested by C_Jones. So far, success rate with the k-3II seem okay. In line with what C_Jones suggested I thought that someone here might have some tips on some settings like C_Jones did for the k-3II.
My advice for the K3-II would be different from the K5 because it can attempt object tracking with the exposure module.

For the K-5 II, you can set Expanded Area on in the menus to do a bit of this using the adjacent focus points.

But you shouldn't need anything but single point if you can track while shooting, which is the number one skill of a sports shooter.

As a drill, try to get this shot again and again with a slower shutter speed:

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That's a great shot clackers. I still need more practice using the K-5II. Thanks
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