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11-09-2015, 10:11 PM   #1
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Selectable focus points in MF

Is there any Pentax DSLR body that lets you select/change the focus point from dead centre to anywhere else in the viewfinder when shooting with MF lenses? I'd like to do some close-up shots with the subjects near the edge with MF lenses, obtaining focus then shifting composition just is not practical with the shots that I have in mind.

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Not that I know of, but newer cameras like the K-3 and K-S2 have very good live view magnification which make precise manual focusing away from the center very easy.

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That's what I thought, how different is the Live view on the K-3 and the K-S2 vs the K-5 (which has up to 10x magnification with MF lenses?
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K-5 has serious LCD lagtime. I always adjust beyond the desired position and have to readjust backwards Ė it is unsuitable for live view MF.
K-3 has nearly no LCD lagtime and optional peaking, MF works fine.
None is really 1:1 in resolution, there is always a smal blur by scaling, so youíll never get sharpness on single pixel level.
Itís a pity that you canít select the focus point for Catch-in-Focus operation. CiF is a already excellent with fixed center point, but if you could choose from some/all AF points would boost the joy with MF lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ducpent Quote
K-5 has serious LCD lagtime. I always adjust beyond the desired position and have to readjust backwards Ė it is unsuitable for live view MF.
K-3 has nearly no LCD lagtime and optional peaking, MF works fine.
None is really 1:1 in resolution, there is always a smal blur by scaling, so youíll never get sharpness on single pixel level.
Itís a pity that you canít select the focus point for Catch-in-Focus operation. CiF is a already excellent with fixed center point, but if you could choose from some/all AF points would boost the joy with MF lenses.
Yeah, it sure is a pity that focus point can't be selected with MF lenses - selecting the focus area on the Lumix G2 and the G6 (models I own) is simple to do whether the lens is AF or MF. The G2 can't even orient portrait images shot with MF lenses but it lets you select focus points with MF lenses, go figure.
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