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03-01-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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What Pentax DSLRs have something like a Nikon D-Lighting?

What Pentax DSLRs have something like a Nikon D-Lighting? i think its the flash assist that allows you to focus faster in the dark

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QuoteOriginally posted by rustynail925 Quote
What Pentax DSLRs have something like a Nikon D-Lighting? i think its the flash assist that allows you to focus faster in the dark
D-Lightning is a dynamic range extension that allows more details to be captured in shadows... There is a similar feature in Pentax (don't remember how it's called...) only works in JPG for both....
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Is that the one that when you focus on an object there is a light that comes from the camera to the object that allows you faster focus?
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In the K-x, it's two features called Highlight Correction and Shadow Correction.

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Is that the one that when you focus on an object there is a light that comes from the camera to the object that allows you faster focus?
No, that's the AF Assist light. Only the K-7 has that. It's built into the K-7's body, near the top of the hand grip.
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Thx rawr.. How fast does it focus in very low light? or even in the dark
03-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #7
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That is not D-lighting

-from nikon- Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast


you are describing focus assist the K-7 has that
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The k20d has d-range in it's ISO menu. The K10d does not.

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Thx rawr.. How fast does it focus in very low light? or even in the dark
I'm not a K-7 owner so I can't say. All I can say is that since the focus-assist light on the K-7 is pretty small one shouldn't expect miracles from it.

If you want a better AF-assist solution for low-light shooting use the more powerful AF assist beam built into flashes like the Pentax 360 or 540, or use the flash strobing the camera can do in low light using it's built-in flash, or use the fastest lens you can afford, or just provide more light on the subject
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yep, they added D-Lighting in the K20D. It locks you to ISO200 and then cranks up the sensitivity in shadows, but like the Nikon feature, this adds noise to the shadows. The Nikon users don't use it much either...
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What i meant was the focus assist. Sorry for the confusion
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Yeah the K-7 has a green one but problem is it isn't sensitive enough to low light, it has to be really dark for it to turn on, at times my lens ends up hunting because the AF assist doesn't turn on.
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Thx for the info LeDave.. have you tried it shooting on some very dark spot? How fast is the focus?
And if you have an external that will assist does it help?
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Well ive used the assist light in a pitch black room and it focus's as quick as regular indoor shooting. Also i havent found that it turns on too late. Maybe you need to update your firmware
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Actually I think all Pentax cameras from K100 to K7 have the focus assist feature. Its just different execution.

K7 is the only one using a seperate green LED.
The rest uses the existing flash to "pulse" at the scene so that the AF module can lock in focus.
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