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04-26-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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setting manual lens focal length on K20

i just got my manual glass from my little sister. i'm 12 hr from my manual and magic lantern books. i can not get my K20D to use my fully manual glass. i've set the focal lenght once before for a "A" lens i have but no clue how i did it. please help guys i'm on vacation and want to play.

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The menu should come up automatically when you turn on the camera with a manual lens on it. Otherwise you will find it in the menu settings.
04-26-2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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Turn off the camera.
Turn on shake reduction.
Turn on the camera.
Set the focal length on the menu that comes up.
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  1. Turn the camera off.
  2. Turn the shake reduction on.
  3. Mount the manual focus lens.
  4. Turn the camera on.
The LCD will now ask you to select the focal length to use.

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you guys rock. turning shack reduction off and on was the key.

now to the fun stuff. 10 days in texas with new glass. thanks
04-27-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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And now that SR is on, just leave it on. You don't actually have to turn it off to get this to work. It just has to be on when yo turn on the camera.

BTW, if you forget to have SR on when you turn the camera on, you don't have to turn the camera off and repat the whole process. Just hit menu then up arrow to get to the SR menu.
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i'm not 100% sure where i was going wrong. i messed with it with no luck before i posted here. then i looked up the manual online. now when i switch for lens to lens it ask each time like it should.

along with my primes i have a 80-200mm telophoto. what focal length would y'all (yes i typed y'all i'm in Texas) recommend?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boyscout Quote
i'm not 100% sure where i was going wrong. i messed with it with no luck before i posted here. then i looked up the manual online. now when i switch for lens to lens it ask each time like it should.

along with my primes i have a 80-200mm telophoto. what focal length would y'all (yes i typed y'all i'm in Texas) recommend?
Ideally you would change the SR focal length when you changed the zoom setting. This might be a bit difficult. I have no non-A zooms, so I cannot test to see what will happen. I have read on these forums and elsewhere that it is best to err on the side of shorter focal length rather than longer.

I can confirm the reports that suggest that it should be turned off when the camera is on a tripod, having blown a whole series of moon shots by leaving it on. To get the focal length registered on the image, turn on SR, turn on the camera, select the focal length, then turn SR off. The camera will remember the focal length and include it in your EXIF data.

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There's nothing better then being on vacation with a new set of lenses. Ok, new to my K20. The 50mm f1.7 is a pure joy to have agian. The 28mm macro is awesome in my brother in-laws garden. The 80-200mm I'm still tring to figure out. The focus and zoom is very loose. Most shots I use a zoom for I want the ease of auto-focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I can confirm the reports that suggest that it should be turned off when the camera is on a tripod, having blown a whole series of moon shots by leaving it on.
I took some macro hand held and was concerned with the focus (no focus screen YET.) grabbed my tripod and re-shot the same subjects. Forgot to switch the SR off. My in hand shots are sharpper.
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