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02-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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K-x: Using flash as AF assist lamp (only)

Hi guys,
I' m still fresh owner of my K-x and as probably many other, I found up that AF is quite strugling in low light. User guide says, that in such a situation, I shall use flash as a AF assist lamp, since Pentax didn't bothered with dedicated one(shame, shame...)... And now it comes: is possible to use flash ONLY as an AF lamp, means that WILL fire while focusing, but WILL NOT while taking pictures? If not, is there any aftermarket product which will help, and won't break my spine and budget?
Thank's in advance!


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02-17-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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Depends on the flash. The Metz 48/58 AF1 can be used that way.
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but I probably won't find some program for build-in one, will I?
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Believe me, you dont wanna use the integrated flash for af assist. Your subject is going to be really p*ssed off by the blinking strobe and its not all too effective.

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sucks not to have a dedicated focus assist lamp huh?

here's a work around:
1. pop the flash up, half-shutter to subject for focus assist until focused properly
2. switch the focus to MANUAL
3. close the pop-up flash
4. make sure you and the subject don't move, then fire away!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RolloR Quote
sucks not to have a dedicated focus assist lamp huh?

here's a work around:
1. pop the flash up, half-shutter to subject for focus assist until focused properly
2. switch the focus to MANUAL
3. close the pop-up flash
4. make sure you and the subject don't move, then fire away!
Or you can put the pop-up flash in wireless mode and set the custom function to not contribute.
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Or you can put the pop-up flash in wireless mode and set the custom function to not contribute.
Good advice! Can't find the custom function though, mind pointing it out? Thanks
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Try: Menu=> Custom page 3 =>17. Flash in wireless mode => 2 Off....Seems like it do what I ask that to do...just can't realy see any improvement in low light

EDIT: It's RUBBISH...It still fires flash while capturing in low light


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