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10-25-2015, 05:05 PM   #1
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What Pentax DSLR's focus manually the best, especially with Pentax manual focus lenses?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
What Pentax DSLR's focus manually the best, especially with Pentax manual focus lenses?
My favorite is the Pentax k100d Super. Very simple adjustment to tell the camera to accept the aperture setting, and you are good to go. A lot of fun to get back to the manual setting days. I hope this helps.

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The newer ones also support magnification and focus peaking in Live View, Kshapero.
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For manual focus the ability to tell what is in focus is what is most important, IMHO. The k-5 was better than anything I had used previously but the k-3 is even better through the viewfinder. If you can use live view with focus peaking then that is even better. I find focusing peaking to work great on a tripod, not so much for me hand held.

For focus peaking the k-3 and the k-50 will work. As well as the newer K-S2

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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
What Pentax DSLR's focus manually the best, especially with Pentax manual focus lenses?
Anything with good live view focusing aides, which currently translates to the newer the better. The K-3 is probably the best with its "large" viewfinder.

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My interest is to be able to focus in the VF not Live view. I guess the newer the better.
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pentax has always had better viewfinders. basically anything with a prism instead of a mirror box.
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I don't use Live View on my K-50, viewfinder only, with the magnifying viewfinder.. I also find focus confirmation quite useful...

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I removed my O-ME53 magnifier from my K10 and put it on the K3. I had no trouble detecting focus with the K3 standard screen. Check my Flickr for some M 400 shots taken with the combo.
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I will suggest K-S2, which has bigger viewfinder (0.95 vs 0.92 on K5, K10D and earlier models are even smaller). It can make MF a lot easier if you want to use the OFV.
The live view on KS2 is also much better than K5 and any camera earlier. focus peeking and magnification are way better than any Pentax cameras before K3.
And its LCD screen design.
And I think the focus screen on KS2 is different from K5 and cameras earlier, not just bigger, but I feel it is easier to confirm focus. DOV shown on this screen is more accurate than earlier screens -- it could just my feeling.

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But a dedicated MF focusing screen is way better than anything else. With a split screen, I can focus Tamron 300/2.8 with 1.7x promaster teleconverter on K20D. I caught some nice pictures of hummingbird, focusing spot on.
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This afternoon I got out with the K-3, standard focusing screen, K400/5.6 (mostly at f/5.6) and tripod, shooting sunlit patches through distant fall color leaves. Once I had GB exposure set I focused in LV, then flipped to OVF (to reduce shutter vibration) and the delay timer (to reduce finger vibration). After a couple dozen shots I just used the OVF without LV and they were sharply focused. I am pleased I can register focus through the VF without glasses.
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Shot this, this afternoon, using my K-5 and the 50mm F1.7, hand-held, through the viewfinder focussing.
Clematis flower by pentaxianspentax on DeviantArt
Any Pentax DSLR will do. I think, like others have said, the K-3 will do the trick rather nicely.
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