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02-13-2018, 02:19 PM   #271
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QuoteOriginally posted by Keebler Quote
Hi folks,

I realize this thread is older, but I figure bring it up again may help others (plus I have a question

When I choose SEL-1, I only get the far left focus point hi lighted both in the menu selection and then when I look through the viewfinder pressing AF. Should it not start out in the middle and then move outwards (like the single point except not locked to that 1 point)?

I believe I have the latest firmware update for my K3.

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Dunno if I'm on the right track here but with the SEL modes they differ if you're in AF.C or AF.S mode. One expands the point around the focus point, the other only gives a single focus (red square) point. Try it and you'll see what I mean.

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QuoteOriginally posted by BruceBanner Quote
Dunno if I'm on the right track here but with the SEL modes they differ if you're in AF.C or AF.S mode. One expands the point around the focus point, the other only gives a single focus (red square) point. Try it and you'll see what I mean.
Thanks.

I'm a bonehead - I somehow used the pad buttons to inadvertently move the focus point.

Fixed now.

#palmtoforehead lol

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QuoteOriginally posted by Keebler Quote
Thanks.

I'm a bonehead - I somehow used the pad buttons to inadvertently move the focus point.

Fixed now.

#palmtoforehead lol

Cheers,
Brian
Great! another Bruce! Two boneheads!
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QuoteOriginally posted by BruceBanner Quote
Great! another Bruce! Two boneheads!
lol

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Great information and very helpful in trying to get the most efficient "work flow". I have to make the new thumb positioning on the AF/AE lock a habit but think my results will be better once I get the muscle memory. Combine with focus type changes and getting in/out of burst mode and it will up my game. Keep up the good info!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jim Dandy Quote
Great information and very helpful in trying to get the most efficient "work flow". I have to make the new thumb positioning on the AF/AE lock a habit but think my results will be better once I get the muscle memory. Combine with focus type changes and getting in/out of burst mode and it will up my game. Keep up the good info!
Something I have recently discovered that is sorta relevant to this topic and workarounds (back button focusing etc) but related more to manual focusing I thought I would share.

I use Capture In Focus quite a fair bit, however the problem with this is the 'focus confirmation' is not a singular point but a range from which the camera says everything between shot between A---E should be in focus, when really (and especially true when shooting wide open) it's at point 'C' that genuine focus is achieved and not at any other range. Lemme try and give a better visual representation.



What I tried yesterday and had a decent amount of success with is setting the Shooting mode to Burst and set it to High, then when the CiF activates slowly rotate the focusing ring as it's bursting. What happens is I get several images over range of A-E but at least some shots are taken at Point C which gives the sharpest image out of the lot. This seemed to work out pretty well, in fact better than doing a AF.C or AF.S burst shot, because with those scenarios the AF might lock on point A, B, D or E and take the entire burst over one of those values, but not across them all at once.

I haven't tried it yet, but this might also be feasible with some lenses that support Quick Shift, you could use the back button focus to initially lock onto the target, then as you burst fire the shot slowly rotate the focusing ring to try and land a spread of shots across the focus range rather than a heap stuck on what might not be the optimum focus point (that the camera initially captured).

For me anyway I just think this illustrates another reason why back button focus is handy, because I typically have my MF glass attached and my camera in 'AF' mode, this allows me to take both CiF shots as well as non CiF shots just by deciding whether to hold down the back button (CiF) or not.
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First I've used the AF button to Cancel AF, but when I tried back button focus, I've never looked back. The KP also do catch in focus with back button focus!
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Add 'Continuous Shooting - H' to the equation to really attack a moving subject.

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Great thread, what I've read of it.

I have the K70 and have tried to learn this "back focus" technique using it. For some reason my green button no longer suggests/resets to/re-samples the frame? I've been through the settings menus so many times I think I will see them behind closed eyelids when I go to sleep tonight! What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oktyabr Quote
I have the K70 and have tried to learn this "back focus" technique using it. For some reason my green button no longer suggests/resets to/re-samples the frame?
The green button and the "back-button" AF are two separate controls.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Oktyabr Quote
Great thread, what I've read of it.

I have the K70 and have tried to learn this "back focus" technique using it. For some reason my green button no longer suggests/resets to/re-samples the frame? I've been through the settings menus so many times I think I will see them behind closed eyelids when I go to sleep tonight! What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
Sounds like you have altered your E-dial programming. Also check that you have not changed your Program Line settings also.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Larrymc Quote
Sounds like you have altered your E-dial programming. Also check that you have not changed your Program Line settings also.
^^^ This.

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  1. Write down your desired settings in every line of Menu.
  2. Reset to factory defaults
  3. Restore the settings you want
The e-dial settings are very advanced and GB options in that section can be opaque.
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Huh...how about that...

Chose to read this completely at random during breakfast and decided to try it on my K-r. This is definitely going in my toolbox. Amazingly, I had never considered selecting my own auto-focus points as I'm thinking, "Whose got time for that?"

But it immediately allowed me to make a sharp f/4.5 shot of my son playing with a large toy in front and near his face. Using SEL I was able to really tease apart the focus point and holding down AF kept the focus until I had the composition. Using normal auto-5 or 11 there would've been a good chance that the focus would have transferred to the toy leaving his face slightly out of focus. That's happened to me so many times - a great looking composition on a 3" screen turns out to be a blurry throw away at 1:1 because the camera picked a point just a bit off from what I intended

I tend to take candid shots and many have the desired focal point to be off center. I don't know why it never occurred to me to manually select the AF point. It's amazing how many capabilities I don't know/remember even after 8 years of owning this camera.

The only problem with manual AF point select is that on the K-r you have no way of switching ISO without backing out to another focus mode when the camera is set on Manual. I'm assuming few people mention this upthread because on the other models there's another way to change ISO? I shoot mainly between Tv and Av though so I can just leave ISO on auto.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dieselpunk Quote
Chose to read this completely at random during breakfast and decided to try it on my K-r. This is definitely going in my toolbox. Amazingly, I had never considered selecting my own auto-focus points as I'm thinking, "Whose got time for that?"

But it immediately allowed me to make a sharp f/4.5 shot of my son playing with a large toy in front and near his face. Using SEL I was able to really tease apart the focus point and holding down AF kept the focus until I had the composition. Using normal auto-5 or 11 there would've been a good chance that the focus would have transferred to the toy leaving his face slightly out of focus. That's happened to me so many times - a great looking composition on a 3" screen turns out to be a blurry throw away at 1:1 because the camera picked a point just a bit off from what I intended

I tend to take candid shots and many have the desired focal point to be off center. I don't know why it never occurred to me to manually select the AF point. It's amazing how many capabilities I don't know/remember even after 8 years of owning this camera.

The only problem with manual AF point select is that on the K-r you have no way of switching ISO without backing out to another focus mode when the camera is set on Manual. I'm assuming few people mention this upthread because on the other models there's another way to change ISO? I shoot mainly between Tv and Av though so I can just leave ISO on auto.
I've always been partial to Center point recompose - has that failed you in the past?
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I've always been partial to Center point recompose - has that failed you in the past?
Maybe in a handful of cases. I'd certainly have to practice a lot for AF point selecting to be faster. I think the main thing I learned is to consider picking the focal points more than using SEL as a replacement for the recompose.
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