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11-09-2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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Pentax X-5 focus issue

Hi folks,

I was hoping someone could help me with an issue I have found with the Pentax X-5. The camera has doesn't seem to want to autofocus at higher zoom levels, and I think it might be an issue with the camera - the settings wheel on top is set to 'auto picture' and I haven't changed any of the focus settings manually. It focuses fine at lower zoom levels. Has anyone else had an issue like this with the X-5? Do you think it is something that Pentax could / would fix with a firmware update, as I'd hate to have to return it - i'm otherwise really pleased with this model.

Just another query - does anyone know of a compatible remote control that could be used with the X-5, and if so, price / availability?

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer,


11-09-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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Here's the remote control that works with it:
Pentax Remote Control F 37377 B&H Photo Video

There are also some cheap knock-offs that should work just as well.

Regarding the AF issue, if it's dark outside or if you're indoors, the AF probably won't work reliably at high zoom levels.

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11-11-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Yep, low light conditions or small subjects like a bird 100 feet away, upper end of the zoom range, it's going to have trouble focusing. Same problem with every auto focus P&S or bridge I've ever picked up. Some are a bit better than others, but it's pretty much all over. I seem to remember reviews of Canon and Nikon bridge cameras having comments about the same thing with those brands, mileage may vary.

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