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01-31-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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M42 mount lenses on K-01

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I really want to buy the K-01. Just wondering if focus peaking will work with my Sup Tak 50mm 1.4 mounted? I love shooting wide open, but have had a really hard time getting focus right on my K-5. I dont know much about focus peaking, would it help with focusing my 50mm 1.4 manual lens at 1.4 aperture?

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QuoteOriginally posted by SashasMom Quote
Hi all,

I really want to buy the K-01. Just wondering if focus peaking will work with my Sup Tak 50mm 1.4 mounted? I love shooting wide open, but have had a really hard time getting focus right on my K-5. I dont know much about focus peaking, would it help with focusing my 50mm 1.4 manual lens at 1.4 aperture?

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Yes, focus peaking will work in any lens. And it's especially useful when focusing manually because it makes it easier to tell when stuff is in focus. If you've ever shot with a manual focus film camera, the idea is the same as with split screens and microprisms.

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Awesone, i am so excited. Just bought one.
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Peak focusing and auto zoom works very nicely with my 50mm 1.4 lens on a K-01. You work in the manual mode with peak focusing set on and auto zoom set on. When focusing your manual lens press the OK button and the screen zooms 2x for fine focusing...press again and it goes back to full frame. This allows critical focusing and is very precise.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Markitectonic Quote
Peak focusing and auto zoom works very nicely with my 50mm 1.4 lens on a K-01. You work in the manual mode with peak focusing set on and auto zoom set on. When focusing your manual lens press the OK button and the screen zooms 2x for fine focusing...press again and it goes back to full frame. This allows critical focusing and is very precise.
After pressing OK to zoom in, you can use the thumbwheel to zoom up to 6x for even finer control.
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Perfect focus is always difficult for me, but then again it may be the lack of a tripod, which I use when I want ultra sharp pictures. It makes, at least for me; a big diff. I guess, I'm saying that the camera may be doing it's part and I'm cheating it by hand holding. Even if I lock down on my camera like Frankenstein I still see a little softness.
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I use the k-01 mainly for street photography.. so it is not practical to lug around a tripod or monopod. Since there is no viewfinder and not possible to hold the k-01 close to the body to steady the shot, I generally find that holding the camera up and keeping the neck strap taut (pushing out) will keep the camera steady enough to take the shot. After a few practices, I am quite happy with the results. I also checked the hyperfocal distance scale on the lens to ensure that I have a reasonable chance of getting sharp pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
I use the k-01 mainly for street photography.. so it is not practical to lug around a tripod or monopod. Since there is no viewfinder and not possible to hold the k-01 close to the body to steady the shot, I generally find that holding the camera up and keeping the neck strap taut (pushing out) will keep the camera steady enough to take the shot. After a few practices, I am quite happy with the results. I also checked the hyperfocal distance scale on the lens to ensure that I have a reasonable chance of getting sharp pictures.
I hold the K-01 6" in front of my eyes with my arms tight against my body. I cradle the camera in my left hand, my left arm serves as a prop (elbow on pelvis) and use a light touch with my right. I get a very steady body position and stable platform this way.

I used the neckstrap method for a while but went back to the classic arms-in.

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Focus peaking is amazingly helpful and gives new life to your old manual lenses.

Have fun with your new camera!
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Work brilliantly!

I love peaking on the NEX series and the Alpha series too, but on the NEX 7 the peaking is not as reliable due to the increased pixel count.

I just got a K01 and have a few M42 lenses, including a 50mm 1.4.

For me the peaking on the KO1 is fabulous, better than the NEX IMO, and I haven't struggled to achieve critical focus wide open.

I don't 'do' flowers, mostly portrait, but here are a couple I took today with the K01 and 50mm 1.4 combo:
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I use focus peaking with 6X magnification via the OK button with M lenses but also use a V2, inexpensive LCD viewfinder. It works well for macro and some action photos where the distance is predictable like surfing. There are better LCD viewfinders with diopter adjustments and the K-01 has a 3:2 aspect ratio which means the V1 or V3 would not work as well.
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