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12-31-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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K3 with FA and M lens

I have only FA and M lens and would like to know how they would focus and meter on the new K3. I have been a film shooter and now only thinking of moving to a digital camera and I am very comfortable using manual focus and would like to know how that would work on the K3. Thanks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bscott Quote
I have only FA and M lens and would like to know how they would focus and meter on the new K3. I have been a film shooter and now only thinking of moving to a digital camera and I am very comfortable using manual focus and would like to know how that would work on the K3. Thanks.
FA = full AF and AE support. Keep the aperture ring in the "A" setting and use the lens just like you'd use a DA lens.

M metering instructions: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/110657-how-use-me...k-x-k-7-a.html

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FA = full AF and AE support. Keep the aperture ring in the "A" setting and use the lens just like you'd use a DA lens.

M metering instructions: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/110657-how-use-me...k-x-k-7-a.html
Adam, thanks for your reply. Also I would like to know if I can manual focus the M lens as I now do on my PZ1P or is it more difficult since the digital camera bodies seem to be a primary autofocus body?
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You turn the ring, it focuses...In focus areas will blink in red. Enjoy

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You turn the ring, it focuses...In focus areas will blink in red. Enjoy
Thanks again and that sounds simple to focus. I don't have a Pentax dealer in my area so I have not had a chance to try the K3 body and lens. If I buy it will be taking a chance that I would like the body and it's operation and results.
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As long as you are willing to learn it, I think you will not regret it.

On M lenses, one or more of the 27 focus points will indicate which part of the image is in focus. You're the Focusing motor.

On FA lenses, it will use the screw drive to autofocus for you.

There are plenty of features on the K-3 so it boils down to how much time you want to invest in learning them.

I hope you keep us posted with your decision.
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