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03-16-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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How to use contrast and phase detection at k3ii

Sorry for my silly question but I really don't know how to get it correctly. Can I get phase detection through LV. ?
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Sorry for my silly question but I really don't know how to get it correctly. Can I get phase detection through LV. ?
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Hi. That's a perfectly reasonable question... however, in LV the camera uses contrast detection for AF, and phase detection when used with the viewfinder.
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Sorry for my silly question but I really don't know how to get it correctly. Can I get phase detection through LV. ?
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Technically you can, but it's not very practical. When PDAF is selected for live view, the camera will lower the mirror to focus and raise the mirror again once it's done. I know this feature was available in the K-5 and earlier bodies; I'm not sure if it's still around in the K-3.

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Hi. That's a perfectly reasonable question... however, in LV the camera uses contrast detection for AF, and phase detection when used with the viewfinder.
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Technically you can, but it's not very practical. When PDAF is selected for live view, the camera will lower the mirror to focus and raise the mirror again once it's done. I know this feature was available in the K-5 and earlier bodies; I'm not sure if it's still around in the K-3.
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I have k5iis would you please tell how to get it?

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Technically you can, but it's not very practical. When PDAF is selected for live view, the camera will lower the mirror to focus and raise the mirror again once it's done. I know this feature was available in the K-5 and earlier bodies; I'm not sure if it's still around in the K-3.
Well, that's something else I've learned. That'll teach me to jump in!!
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I have k5iis would you please tell how to get it?
Menu > Select Live View in Rec Mode 4 > Autofocus Method > Phase Difference AF

[p-147 of the manual 'Shooting With LiveView']


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Menu > Select Live View in Rec Mode 4 > Autofocus Method > Phase Difference AF

[p-147 of the manual 'Shooting With LiveView']
Well, dang... Don't I feel like the idiot??
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I'm not sure if it's still around in the K-3.
PDAF in LiveView has dropped off the menu in the K-3/K-3II. Ditto K-S2.
Seems to be on the way to becoming history, unless revived by the K-1.

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PDAF in LiveView has dropped off the menu in the K-3. Ditto K-S2.
Seems to be on the way to being history, unless revived by the K-1.
Well, I could redeem myself by claiming that's why I didn't know, since the K3 is my main camera... but, I used the K5 plenty and still do, and I still didn't know about PDAF in Live View!
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I used the K5 plenty and still do, and I still didn't know about PDAF in Live View!
Same here. I vaguely knew it was there, but have never used it with my K-5.
It does seem clunky to use.

But the K-5 is full of little magic tricks (like real stabilization in video mode) that didn't make it into later cameras.
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Menu > Select Live View in Rec Mode 4 > Autofocus Method > Phase Difference AF

[p-147 of the manual 'Shooting With LiveView']
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