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05-06-2015, 02:52 PM   #1
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Spot metering with manual focus lenses

I'm not sure whether this is specific to the K-01, but that's the only camera I have, so... When I use a manual focus lens, there is - obviously - no af box on the lcd. But I wonder why a (passive) "spot meter box" isn't implemented to help with aiming? I know the spot meter is in the center, but with no aid, I'm never quite sure I'm dead on. Or have I missed something?

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QuoteOriginally posted by sergeremy Quote
I'm not sure whether this is specific to the K-01, but that's the only camera I have, so... When I use a manual focus lens, there is - obviously - no af box on the lcd. But I wonder why a (passive) "spot meter box" isn't implemented to help with aiming? I know the spot meter is in the center, but with no aid, I'm never quite sure I'm dead on. Or have I missed something?
I'm not sure if the K-01 has this, but check the live view menu for a grid option. That should help you out with aiming and composing.

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05-06-2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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Ah, thanks Adam, it does have the options. I forgot about them because I found they cluttered the screen when I first explored the menus two years ago, and I dislike composition aids. I'll try them again tomorrow.
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I usually keep the grid on, it helps with rule of thirds, diagonals, and centering. It feels cluttered at first, but you get used to it and know when to use it, when to ignore

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Well the grid works just right for my purpose, and it's quite unobtrusive indeed! Silly me for being obtuse about it's cluttering power... Thanks a lot guys!
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