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07-24-2010, 06:46 AM   #1
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How well does K-7 AF assist work?

This week while shooting some flash shots in very low light with my manfrotto bracket, I realized that having your best AF assist on the end of a long stick can be a significant handicap. The better Pentax flashes have AF assist with a nice range (>20'). How is the range on the built-in AF assist on the K-7? How does it work on walls, etc.?

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The interior photos here look kind of crappy because they are pushed close to 3 stops but I've found that the AF assist worked quite well. I don't know about greater than 20 feet but I've not had an issue with the Surface the lamp was shining on (some of those photos were manual focus as well).

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I have used the AF assist lamp built into my K7 several times for basic point and shoot type situations and found that it does a pretty good job. About your specific question about "on walls" In almost any situation if your talking a pure white wall or something without any detail then autofocus will have a tendency to hunt and try and get focus sometimes it gets it right, other times it misses. That's more a product of auto focus rather than the lamp. Some Flash assist lamps lamps project a pattern which helps the auto focus work better (even in situations like a blank wall), the K7 lamp doesn't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jon in SC Quote
I have used the AF assist lamp built into my K7 several times for basic point and shoot type situations and found that it does a pretty good job. About your specific question about "on walls" In almost any situation if your talking a pure white wall or something without any detail then autofocus will have a tendency to hunt and try and get focus sometimes it gets it right, other times it misses. That's more a product of auto focus rather than the lamp. Some Flash assist lamps lamps project a pattern which helps the auto focus work better (even in situations like a blank wall), the K7 lamp doesn't.
Like he said, flat walls, no contrast, no focus. But in general the AF assist lamp works good.

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It works well. It's very bright.
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