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08-26-2012, 03:13 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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K-01 peaking works in near darkness !

Friday night i went on the shore of the St Lawrence river where i like to go to photograph Great Blue Heron and Night Heron.

I was lucky to find one Night Heron fishing at the same place that i took a shot 3 years ago.

I could barely see the Heron with my eyes, it was late after sunset and getting quite dark out there.

This is where the LV and focus peaking of the K-01 proved to be very useful, i coud focus on the birds accurately!
After that shot i had to use ISO 1250.

This shot is sharp enough and i like the feeling of it.
K-01, Pentax-67 M*400mm/4, ISO 1000, 1/6 sec. at f/5.6, tripod.



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I think the tripod was the key to getting this shot, really.
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Here is one more from that evening taken earlier when there was more light.

Ring-biled Gull.

K-01, Pentax-67 M*400mm/4, ISO 100, 1/13 sec. at f/8, tripod.

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I've used focus peaking at speeds of; iso 200, shutter speed of 30 seconds, aperature at about f4.5 - the focus peaking still works just fine even at those metered conditions

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QuoteOriginally posted by kcobain1992 Quote
I think the tripod was the key to getting this shot, really.
Tripid is important for getting no motion blur, but without the ability to focus, there is no shot at all.
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make old lens more useful now..
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My point was that you could focus in very dark conditions , not the long exposure!
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Ya thats why I love my K-01 for night time street photography, it's a beast with my CV40 and CV20, only thing I dont like is the noise kinda interferes with the focus peaking but after some use you get used to seeing it, thats where I think where people said it'd be better if you could change the color of the focus peaking because the noise is the same color as the focus peaking, it'd be nice to make it red to stand out in night time lighting...

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I have an NEX-3 and it's the same problem even if there is color choices, the K-01 is still easier to focus, but i agree that acolor choice would help.
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Nice shots there! Good to know. I was thinking of taking a video of how the focus peaking works in the dark, but haven't gone around to it yet.
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Question: does focus peaking work only in MF mode?

I haven't used a camera with this feature, but my biggest problem with AF is that it isn't clear to me where the camera is focusing. Sometimes, even with the lens calibrated and when I think I've got the point I want to focus on dead in the middle of a phase-detect sensor, it doesn't quite hit the mark I want. Yes, focus peaking would be a fantastic upgrade for MF--just shy, in my mind, of a larger optical TTL viewfinder, but at far lower cost--but I think it would also be useful when using AF. Being able to more clearly see where the camera is focusing at the push of the AF button would make me quite interested in buying a second body to replace my (gracefully) aging GX10... or buying a GRD/GXR as a compact, large sensor, carry-at-all-times camera.
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Peaking can be turned on or off regardless of the focusing - it works in AF and MF.
The only problem with the peaking that I find is if you have a very wide angle lens and are shooting at near infinity it sort of makes almost the whole frame glow with the peaking (because so much stuff is in focus), but thats not really a problem with the peaking itself, its just a part of photography
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happy that it works so well, when a k-02 to use it directly in the EVF?

QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Nice shots there! Good to know. I was thinking of taking a video of how the focus peaking works in the dark, but haven't gone around to it yet.
I would like it

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That's what I love about this camera

QuoteOriginally posted by leopold Quote
My point was that you could focus in very dark conditions , not the long exposure!
I just got a Vivitar version of the Samyang 85mm f1.4 and found myself able to focus and take shots I could never do with my film camera. I always had split center focus screens, and one half goes dark in dim light. This shot was taken in very dim light, handheld:

It looks like a fully lit day shot, and is much brighter than the real scene, Like the OP I'm pleasantly surprised at how much easier this makes low-light photography.
What I dont see people talk about is how the gain changes on the screen. I didnt think I was using an old M lens right, because Id change the aperture but it looked the same on the screen. I finally played with the DOF preview and realized what it was doing. This camera (and the other new mirrorless cameras) is going to make old fast primes all popular again.
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