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05-03-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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AF micro-adjustment

Just wondering if you buy a DSLR that does not have AF micro-adjustment (ie K10) do you have to send it to pentax everytime you get a new lens? just looking for a cheap second body

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I have a K20D so I COULD adjust but have returned two new and different lenses to B&H recently because I shouldn't have to set one at +9 and the other at -10 when i have 10 other lenses that do not require adjustment. Thats why i buy my new items there because they happily email me a UPS sticker to return any that I just plain don't like. Way easier than sending my camera off for calibration. Just one way to do things.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MacKay Quote
Just wondering if you buy a DSLR that does not have AF micro-adjustment (ie K10) do you have to send it to pentax everytime you get a new lens?
Of course not. Only if the camera or lens happens to be off by enough to bother you. People have been buying cameras and lenses for AF for 30 years and somehow lived without this feature. It's better to have than not have, of course, but not having it doesn't mean you're any worse off than any photographer in history up until about two years ago when the feature first started becoming widely available.
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next question is i have a K200 and that doesn't have AF micro-adjustment right? so the lenses i have now all work great with that so if i got a K10 would i have the same results?


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Assuming the K10D itself doesn't need adjutment, sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MacKay Quote
Just wondering if you buy a DSLR that does not have AF micro-adjustment (ie K10) do you have to send it to pentax everytime you get a new lens? just looking for a cheap second body
Not to worry!

Your K10D has micro adjustment in Debug mode.
Look at the various posts on the subject, among others: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/98787-how-calibrat...-k-7-k20d.html

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get yourself used K20D, there are too many K10D around with screwed AF that will need to be sent for repairs to Pentax.
Even if you will get K10D with good AF, you will never regret having AF micro adjustment with Pentax lenses.
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get yourself used K20D, there are too many K10D around with screwed AF that will need to be sent for repairs to Pentax.
Even if you will get K10D with good AF, you will never regret having AF micro adjustment with Pentax lenses.
I agree completely. Unless you are on a very tight budget, there is no reason not to get a K20D over a K10D. I got many great pics with my K10D, but AF was not one of its strong points.

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I agree completely. Unless you are on a very tight budget, there is no reason not to get a K20D over a K10D. I got many great pics with my K10D, but AF was not one of its strong points.

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I am on a tight budget, how is the AF compared to a K200D?
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I am on a tight budget, how is the AF compared to a K200D?
Sorry, I cannot answer that, as I have no experience with the K200D. The K10D's AF is both slow and sometimes inaccurate, and it caused me to miss some otherwise great shots. Nevertheless, I did get many outstanding pics with it, so I do not think that AF should be a deal-breaker, if that is what you can afford.

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I rather doubt the K10D would be any worse than K100D or *istDS, both of which I'd describe as faster than the average P&S but not as fast as most other DSLR's. I'd assume the K10D would be faster if for no other reason than the higher voltage battery can run the focus motor faster. The k200D strikes me as slightly faster than the K100D or *istDS, but by a small enough amount that it could easily be my imagination.
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