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06-10-2011, 07:32 AM   #1
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Focus hunt-priority direction?

With a couple long zooms I have the autofocus almost always seems to take off in the wrong direction first, hit the end, and try to focus from the other direction.
I'll admit it is usually outdoor, busy backgrounds in marginal light or sky shots of birds in flight that do this but is there an option available (maybe in a future firmware upgrade, ha!) to change the initial search direction?

I try an guess the distance for my next shot and bump the focus but a surprise photo-op can be missed while waiting for the autofocus to figure out the hawk overhead is not 5 feet away. If I could select an option in the menu that says "go long if fuzzy" it would help.

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I find this with all my DSLR's. even my 5D. I would say that the auto-focus is better than average on the Pentax.
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I dont know about all bodies and lenses but when I shoot BIFs with a K-5 and DA*300, I always manually throw the focus past the subject (or just leave it at infinity) before a half-press for AF. That combo will always rack "in" looking for focus before racking "out". It saves at least a full second when trying to catch a bird.
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Lee,
Thanks.
I'll try that. Eventually things like this become a habit and you don't even have to think about them.

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