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12-30-2007, 12:22 PM   #1
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Will the new cameras have a focus light?

I've recently tried another brand, which has a little light to help focus in low light situations.
It might not sound like much, but it was sure nice when I needed it, and I'm hoping that Pentax will have one in at least the K20D.

This little light really helped with low light auto focus, which appears to be one of Pentax's biggest complaints.

Is there any hint if it will have one?

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I am familiar with one such brand that actually has a light to assist in focusing. Darned thing sits 1/8" of an inch from your fingers once you grip the camera and fingers cover half of that light more times than not.

The Pentax K10D already has that feature - it activates the flash for AF Assist. It sounds like one of those fly zappers once a bug hits the coils I would think Pentax would stick to this method.

Otherwise, you can attach one of these: Photography Lights: Digital Photography and Camcorder Lighting Accessories
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogroast Quote
HAhahahahah! How bizarre! Thanks for the link. My life is complete, now. I'm gonna tape about eight of these things onto my K10D.

Makes ya wonder how we ever took pictures in low-light back in the days before auto-focus...
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Hmm... which of these units would work well with the K10D?

Thank you BTW for posting this.




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QuoteOriginally posted by solar1 Quote
Hmm... which of these units would work well with the K10D?

Thank you BTW for posting this.

Otherwise, you can attach one of these: Photography Lights: Digital Photography and Camcorder Lighting Accessories
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Thanks for the link Frogroast
I might have to get one of those.

My K100 has pretty well the same feature that the K10 has, but in my opinion it doesn't compare.

I didn't even know the camera I was using had that feature until I tried to focus in a low light situation. And the light doesn't stick out at all
I didn't try the grip, but I doubt that my hand would cover the light if I had.
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IMO what Pentax needs is not a focus lamp, it is just a "no flash" mode when the flash is up.
That way the only purpose of it is to focus assisy if needed.

As simple as that. And yes, this is indeed doable by a simple firmware change.
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That problem solves itself if you get an external flash with AF assist...

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That problem solves itself if you get an external flash with AF assist...
Of course but I think most people gripe gaainst Pentax is they want focus assist but do not want to be obgliged to either buy an external flash or use and mount an external falsh for that sole purpose.

BTW Tdn, where are you from (Belgium I know but...) ?
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I just use a small LED flashlight held between my fingers. I really ought to work out something for mounting it on the hotshoe.
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Of course but I think most people gripe gaainst Pentax is they want focus assist but do not want to be obgliged to either buy an external flash or use and mount an external falsh for that sole purpose.
That, and for some people, the external flash makes the camera a bit more unwieldy.
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I just use a small LED flashlight held between my fingers. I really ought to work out something for mounting it on the hotshoe.
I usually use a head mounted led light, but it can be a pain at times.
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
I've recently tried another brand, which has a little light to help focus in low light situations.
It might not sound like much, but it was sure nice when I needed it, and I'm hoping that Pentax will have one in at least the K20D.

This little light really helped with low light auto focus, which appears to be one of Pentax's biggest complaints.

Is there any hint if it will have one?
There will be none, very likely. Just look at the new pics of the K200D body. It is exactly K100D alike.

And yes, the old type AF spotbeam built in in SF and Z-1 cameras are very handy and useful. The current flash assistance design is simply an annoying one but with less effectiveness.
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