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05-14-2011, 10:54 PM   #31
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Feel free to post examples showing these problems. In some cases, actual camera or lens defects exist, and they can be fixed. In other cases - the majority of reports by far - it's user error. Only by posting pictures will anyone be able to tell which is the case.

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A somewhat delayed follow up but at last, I have proven to my satisfaction that the K-X has auto focusing problems, or least mine has.

On a recent trip to a country lodge, we had a friend along who had just received a new K-R as a gift. I was trying out my Pentax 55 - 300mm lens on a distant target to check image sharpness - most (not all) of the auto focus shots were blurred (I was using a tripod with mirror lock up and remote actuation). Blurring was mostly due to front focus but the target I was using filled the center spot of the VF - I use center point focus.

I switched to manual focus and got more consistent results (I defocused the lens between every shot). Then I placed the lens on my GX10 - auto focus was spot on every time.

I then tried the lens on the new K-R - not only was autofocus nailing the focus but it was fast and didn't go through the hunting routine that is common on my K-X.

The camera was set to sunlight WB - conditions were late afternoon and the target was in the shade.

I tried the K-X and same lens the next day on a different target, still using a tripod and mirror lockup agin in the late afternoon - this time AF was OK.

So, conclusion, the K-R's new SAFOX 9 AF module is doing a much better job than the SAFOX 8 AF module on the K-X, which is worse than whatever module was fitted to the K10D/GX10 range. Strange that the older camera did a better job on AF.

And as a bonus, the K-R pulled focus in near dark conditions while the K-X couldn't. I'm tempted to upgrade to the K-R!
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Anyone of you with AF issues updated the firmware and tried it again?

Just wondering...
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QuoteOriginally posted by jlaubza Quote
A somewhat delayed follow up but at last, I have proven to my satisfaction that the K-X has auto focusing problems, or least mine has.

On a recent trip to a country lodge, we had a friend along who had just received a new K-R as a gift. I was trying out my Pentax 55 - 300mm lens on a distant target to check image sharpness - most (not all) of the auto focus shots were blurred (I was using a tripod with mirror lock up and remote actuation). Blurring was mostly due to front focus but the target I was using filled the center spot of the VF - I use center point focus.

I switched to manual focus and got more consistent results (I defocused the lens between every shot). Then I placed the lens on my GX10 - auto focus was spot on every time.

I then tried the lens on the new K-R - not only was autofocus nailing the focus but it was fast and didn't go through the hunting routine that is common on my K-X.

The camera was set to sunlight WB - conditions were late afternoon and the target was in the shade.

I tried the K-X and same lens the next day on a different target, still using a tripod and mirror lockup agin in the late afternoon - this time AF was OK.

So, conclusion, the K-R's new SAFOX 9 AF module is doing a much better job than the SAFOX 8 AF module on the K-X, which is worse than whatever module was fitted to the K10D/GX10 range. Strange that the older camera did a better job on AF.

And as a bonus, the K-R pulled focus in near dark conditions while the K-X couldn't. I'm tempted to upgrade to the K-R!
From what you've written, it's pretty clear that your K-x has a defective AF system. The GX-10/K10D has the same SAFOX VIII AF system as the K-x. If the K-x is consistently having trouble focusing correctly, have it serviced or attempt to correct it yourself.

While my K-r has a minor front-focus problem that generally only shows up at close range, it focuses correctly in the vast majority of shots and most of my pictures come out sharp.

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I too was disapointed with my k-x especially with a third party lens. I got much better results with the pentax lenses.
I understand though that most cameras don't nail it all the time.
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Well, it's hard for me to believe K10D has better AF than k-x as I have used both. I am not a great fan of Pentax AF in general but IMHO k-x AF is far better than all the previous cameras including K10D.

I am not saying that I don't get missed shots - but that was true with my K10D and K100D too. In fact, it was nearly impossible to nail AF with previous camera where k-x really tries hard and even nails it many time. One thing I always do it to focus at long distance and then focus on subject and most of the time it works. Also, I have not seen any difference between Pentax or third party lenses as far as AF accuracy is concern. Here is a shot with with K-x with third party lens (Tamron 28-75mm )

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