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Forum: Lens Clubs 01-13-2018, 01:17 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
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K10D and FA 43


K10D and FA 77
Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
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If you don't have the FA 77 yet, you must not have the FA 43 or FA 31...

FA 77 and K-1, straight-out-of-camera JPEG (no editing other than resizing and adding watermark)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-24-2017, 02:51 PM  
Ks, 1s, and 0s - My Journey from the K1000 to the K10D to the K-1 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9
Views: 1,021
Summary
My K-1 arrived in April 2017. Itís exceeded my expectations, but I thought Iíd tell the story of moving from my K1000 to my K10D workhorse to the K-1 for those who are still wondering if the K-1 is for them.

The Cult Classic: Pentax K1000


The first time I held the K1000 it just felt right. It fit perfectly in my hands and the solid body had some weight to it. I was 12 years old. My parents gave me a box of expired 12-exposure rolls of film. There was no ownerís manual included. It would be a long time before the Internet or Google would be invented. I quickly learned what not to do after getting the first couple rolls developed, leading me to learn what to do correctly.

Pentax K1000, JCPenney 2X teleconverter, 70-210mm, Can't remember the film


K1000, Centon 50/1.7, Fuji 200


K1000, Centon 50/1.7, Fuji 200


As a teenager I didnít have a lot of money. Gasoline was $0.83 a gallon and I needed to refill my carís tank. At 18 years old, I sold the K1000. I regretted the sale. In my early 20s I tracked it down and was able to get it back. I still have and use this K1000 (along with a few other K1000s Iíve collected over the years).

Photographed with the K10D and FA 43


Can a Camera be Magic? The Iconic Pentax K10D
After buying and selling several digital cameras that didnít feel right, I decided to dust off my old lens collection and bought a new Pentax K10D. It immediately felt good in my hands. There was magic in this camera. It felt like a natural extension to my hands and arms. A paintbrush should feel natural in a painterís hand, much like a camera should feel to a photographer. Beautiful equipment helps me create beautiful art. I guess like things that shoot (cameras and guns), because Iíve sold several guns because they didnít fit or feel right in my hands. I sold the 18-55 kit lens through the local classifieds and bought the FA 43 Limited. It was love at first sight. Everything about this lens matched the feel and quality of the K10D. Iím not sure which was more jealous: me when the lens was mounted to the camera, or the K10D when I would hold the lens and run my fingers across the smooth, cold metal surface. The two were meant to be together. The FA 43 by far has been my most-used lens on the K10D.

K10D, photographed by K-1 and FA 77


Iíve shot with the K20D, K-x, K-5 II, K-50, K-3, K-70, and 645Z. Each had nice features, but none could compare with the K10D so I didnít buy any of them. The first one to catch my attention was the K-3 due to the 27 focus points in the viewfinder. But the AF point selection method drove me crazy. I had to press a separate button before using the four-way controller buttons to move my AF point. I move my AF point with nearly every exposure. I rarely adjust my white balance. I never adjust my custom image settings, so dedicated buttons to each is a waste. This is the same reason I gave the K-5 II back after a couple days. I was happy to return to the K10Dís intuitive and responsive button layout. The 645Z is an amazing camera, but itís enough weight to hike with my F* 250-600 without the 645Z and medium format lenses.

During the last few years, Iíve been able to shoot with a lot of different cameras, from the Pentax 645Z, a Canon 5D mk ii to a mk iv, 6D (hated this one), 70D, 80D, T3i, T4i, T5i, and T6i; a Nikon D810, D800, D600, D7200, D5200, and D3200, a Sony a7 and a6500 (hated these two), and some Panasonic model (hated this one too).

The Flagship Arrives: Pentax K-1
Then the K-1 was released. There was a menu option to disable the white balance and other options used by the four-way controller buttons, resulting in dedicated AF point selection buttons. How come more people arenít talking about the LEDs? I love these, and wonder how long before other cameras copy this idea. They are so simple, yet effective when mounting a lens in the dark.

K-1, photographed by K10D and FA 43


The K-1 is a mechanical marvel. I love the extra dials, the extra AF points, and the familiar Pentax intuitive design and menus. I can use my K10D with my eyes closed. I know where every button is and what they do. Iím getting better with the K-1, but I still occasionally have to pull the viewfinder from my eye to adjust settings. Another year with the K-1 and I should be able to use the buttons in my sleep.

Some Initial Differences

Cellphone pics, sorry for low quality




Speaking of getting used to the buttons, Iím hoping in a year or two Iíll pick up the K10D and the grip will feel odd. Right now the K-1 grip is nowhere as comfortable as the K10Dís grip. The hand grip is a gentle curve, with a nice, large area for my middle finger to rest against below the shutter release button. A second gentle curve is found against the body of the camera, right where my fingertips slightly rest against the space between the grip and the lens mount. The thumb grip on the back is large and smooth, with another gentle curve. I can carry the K10D all day without any discomfort to my hand. The K-1 has a narrow, deep hand grip. The curve is sharp rests abruptly against my hand. There is a very small protrusion for my middle finger below the shutter button. The front e-dial is angled, unlike the K10Dís front dial, so it take my finger longer to find it. There is no gentle curve as the grip molds into the body, so my fingers just stop when they reach the space between the lens mount and the grip. The thumb grip is much like the front grip. Itís functional, but it is a different shape and takes time to get used to. The slope is much steeper with less surface area to rest against.

K10D detail, photographed with K-1 and FA 77




K-1 detail, photographed with K10D and FA 43




The hand grip squeaks on the K-1, or at least it does on my copy. Because of this, the K10D feels slightly sturdier. It feels more rigid. When I firmly grip the K10D, there is no give. There is no movement. When I hold the K-1 tightly, there is just a little flex in the bottom of the grip, and as it moves it squeaks.

The delete image button is awkwardly placed just to the left of the viewfinder, and the eyecup gets in my way every time I try to press the delete button. Maybe this isnít as big of a problem for someone who is left-handed, but itís not easy to use my right hand to press the button. Iíve pretty much stopped using that button and just delete the images from the SD cards on my computer.

The K-1 is beautiful. The top of the camera is well-designed and itís hard not to love the prism housing. The camera is balanced and is easy to hold for hours while shooting with small, or large lenses. The battery grip has a large attachment wheel, much easier to turn than that on the K10Dís grip. Itís much easier and more comfortable to hold the K-1 by the battery grip. Itís surprising the K10D has a better hand grip, but the K-1's battery grip is so much better than the former. The front e-dial is straight and the soft rubber makes it easy to grip. All e-dials on the K-1 are made of a soft rubber. The K10D battery gripís front e-dial is hard plastic, much like the rest of the e-dials on the body. Time will tell how the soft rubber dials on the K-1 will wear. The K10D gripís front e-dial is slightly angled, much like the front e-dial on the K-1 near the shutter button. This left me wondering why the dial is not angled on the K-1's grip like the e-dial on the body, but Iím glad itís not. After all the improvements to the battery grip, Iíd still take the one belonging to the K10D for one reason: It stores the Pentax Remote Control F. Itís really disappointing they removed this storage in newer grips. Iíve never used AA batteries in the grip, but I use the remote, so Iíd give up the battery compatibility for remote storage again.

Battery Grip D-BG2 for K10D, photographed by the K-1 and FA-77




Battery Grip D-BG6 for K-1, photographed by the K10D and FA 43


The shutter button of the K-1 doesnít have a solid click after the half-press. A gentle squeeze of the button and the exposure happens. During the first couple days of use I was surprised when the shutter opened suddenly with no tactile feedback from the button. Iím now used to this, but it took some time as I was used to two very sturdy clicks, or positions of rest, in the K10Dís shutter button. In other words, you know exactly when the photo will be taken after the strong second click after passing the half-press.

The K10D can take a photo the instant you move the power switch to the ON position. There is no delay, no lag, no waiting. The K-1 takes some time to power up before an exposure can be taken. I donít know if this is due to the CMOS sensor warming up, or if itís the computer booting due to all the advanced features in the camera. I donít use Live View, and keep the rear screen turned off while in shooting mode.

Battery life is much longer on the K10D. But to be fair there is no Live View or advanced features like the K-1 has requiring more battery power.

The SD card door on the K10D is fantastic. I love watching other people, even those who have experience with newer Pentax bodies, borrow it. Most canít figure out how to open the door to insert their card. And I donít say anything, because itís more fun to watch them for a minute or so, then Iíll assist. The reason I love the door is because there is no way it will never open by accident. The K-1's SD card door is just like every other cameraís door, which isnít like Pentax. I love having two SD cards inside, but the door isnít anything special.

FA* Lenses Come Alive
The FA* 80-200 always performed well on the K10D, but just like the magic created with the combined FA 43 and K10D, the same magic happens with the FA* 80-200 and the K-1. In fact, the FA 43 is no longer my most-used lens.

K-1 and FA* 80-200












The FA* 24 is also incredible on the K-1. The extra AF points really help here, as itís easier to nail focus on your subject with a wide-angle lens when you have more points to choose from.

What surprised me most was how my FA 43 performs on the K-1. Again, itís magic on the K10D, nearly impossible to take a poor picture. However on the K-1, the lens hunts with auto-focus. About half the time it confirms focus and I make the exposure, yet the picture is blurry. Not just a little blurry, but focus is way off. The other half the time focus is sharp. The FA 77 performs flawlessly on the K-1.

K-1 and FA 43


CCD and CMOS
Over the years itís always easy to see the benefit of CCD at ISO 100. Itís also easy to see the benefit of having CMOS at higher ISOs, Live View, and video requirements. If you donít often shoot in situations needing high ISO, use Live View, and shoot video, then CMOS really doesnít give you an advantage.

Below are a few examples from each camera, one in poor indoor lighting, one outside during light rain today, and one during a recent shoot of a model from South Africa. In the last example, the scene is backlit with harsh afternoon sunlight.

K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 3500K M1 B1
Shutter speed: 1/40
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 3500K M1 B1
Shutter speed: 1/40
Aperture: f/2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 5000K
Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Manual 5000K
Shutter speed: 1/160
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K-1 and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
White balance: Auto


K10D and FA 77
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Auto
Shutter speed: 1/4000
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 400
No flash
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Image tone: Bright


K-1 and FA* 80-200 at 123mm
Unedited JPEG from camera, only resized and watermark added
Manual exposure: Spot meter
White balance: Auto
Shutter speed: 1/500
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
No flash
Saturation: 0
Hue: 0
Contrast: 1
Sharpness: 0
Clarity: 0
Skin tone: Off
Image tone: Bright


Moving Forward
I still use the K10D occasionally, especially for landscape images due to the CCD sensorís clean, unbeatable ISO 100. But I reach for the K-1 first 90 percent of the time now. Overall, Iím very happy with the camera and prefer it to the K10D. Above I critiqued a few things Iím not a fan of, but did so for others to learn from. Some of them are fairly minor and will not bother me with time. Hopefully my experience and photograph samples here represent a small part of what this camera can do.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-11-2018, 12:03 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9,775
Views: 1,516,743
If you don't have the FA 43, I'm not sure why you're waiting...

K-1 and FA 43
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2018, 12:14 AM  
Ks, 1s, and 0s - My Journey from the K1000 to the K10D to the K-1 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9
Views: 1,021
Update: After using the K-1 quite a bit more I still think it's an incredible camera. I've read some threads discussing the hot pixel (I can't really call it a hot pixel though; maybe a hot spot, as it's larger than a single pixel). From reading, it sounds like it's a characteristic of the sensor. It's almost a game now, while editing photos I zoom in and try to find the elusive traveling hot spot in my images. It's not in every one, (or I'm not finding it in every photo...) but I find it in at least half my images at ISO 100. Raising the ISO creates more of these spots, for example at ISO 800 I find 4-6 spots.

My K10D's CCD sensor never creates these hot spots.

Sunrise in Montana with the K10D and FA 77


K-1 and FA 43
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-13-2018, 01:20 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9,775
Views: 1,516,743
And now it's the K-1's turn with the FA 77:


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-03-2018, 10:16 AM  
Is the 40mm 2.8 Pancake really that bad?
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 54
Views: 3,055
I have owned the M 40, 40 Limited, and 40 XS. I sold the Limited, and happily kept the other two. I keep the M 40 on the MX or ME Super, and the 40 XS on the Super Program and K-1. Both are great little lenses.

The question of which film bodies can control aperture gets asked quite often, so I put together this list in another discussion: aperture controlling bodies? - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com

Edit: there are some plasticky film bodies I'm personally not a fan of, but they may serve you well. Generally, the good film cameras with full aperture control would include the Z-1/PZ-1, the Z-1p/PZ-1p, the MZ-6/MZ-L/ZX-L, and the *ist. These are all auto-focus and offer direct aperture control. The manual-focus Super Program has aperture linkage, but doesn't offer direct control. This means you have shutter-priority shooting and the camera sets the aperture for a correct exposure.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2018, 12:54 PM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 177
Views: 3,649
I agree the bigger comapnies are the only ones who can do this in-store, but I'm not sure Pentax has a lot of impulse buyers. Think of the reasons why you chose the brand. Most I know who invest in Pentax do their research, which leads them to our brand. Impulse buyers go with Canon or Nikon simply because of the name, an ad they saw, or because the uneducated clerk pushes the product. Pentax has many unique advantages, and researchers discover this.

I have expensive hobbies. Over a decade ago I set up a business account for my photography hobby because I knew my wife wouldn't allow me to buy expensive lenses with our joint account. Instead, I set up my hobby to pay for itself, never needing to ask my wife if I could buy a lens. Quickly my photography hobby started to pay for other expensive hobbies too (like my extensive gun collection and shooting -- I like things that shoot, guns and cameras). Several years ago my photography hobby turned into my family's full-time income and was more than a hobby.

At any sporting event I attend, I see the moms carrying the 5D mk iv with a crappy super zoom attached. They never upgrade the lens, and their cameras are set to auto mode, but they paid a premium for the "best" equipment and wonder why their photos don't look much better than the old point-and-shoot they used. Or they are happy with the pictures because ignorance is bliss...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2018, 11:31 AM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 177
Views: 3,649
People are crazy. But Pentax and other camera-makers have long-known soccer moms will typically spend more than the pros. Also, there are more soccer moms than pros. Because of this, the needs of soccer moms, hobbyists, and weekend warriors drive most the decisions made by R&D.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2018, 11:57 PM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 177
Views: 3,649
Hang on. Am I missing something here? I'm still curious if you've ever used the 560mm. You state it was a poor, thoughtless design as if you know something we don't.

Carry the A* 1200mm or the FA* 600/4 or the 250-600 on a hike and then tell me how cumbersome the DA 560 is. The latter two can be carried on a hike, but I wouldn't try it with the 1200 (I have used this lens before).

How do you know the financial effects created by designing the 150-400?

Kind of like the 560mm has new coatings, new materials, and new technology making it better?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2018, 01:24 PM  
Pentax prime lens wishlist survey 2018
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 177
Views: 3,649
Same. I took the survey to express my interest in a new, fast 135mm lens. Other than this, I really don't need anything else. If/when they do release a 135 it will need to be fast, large, and heavy. If it's not, I'll reach for the FA* 80-200 instead.

The ratio of my primes to zooms is a lot higher than 4:1 too. The few zooms I have are not exactly replaceable by primes, such as the 250-600.

One other thing I would have liked to see on the survey would have been an option to choose one feature we have no interest in. I just can't understand why others like silent focusing so much. I know that's the future, as almost all new lenses have this, but I'd rather have a nice, top-of-the-line lens with the traditional screw-driven focus. It's reliable and allows more room for optics instead of having to design a focus assembly inside the lens. In other words, I see no advantage to silent-focusing lenses. But then again my car is simple because the more features, the more things there are to break.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-13-2018, 12:53 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 804
Views: 157,116
K-1 and FA* 80-200 (first two images shot wide-open at f/2.8)




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2018, 08:08 AM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 64
Views: 3,462
As mentioned earlier in this thread, the FA* 24 is a great lens.

K10D and FA* 24


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 04:08 PM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 64
Views: 3,462
The FA 43 is my most-used lens on APS-C bodies. The FA 77 is on the K-1. If the FA 31 is in good shape at that price, you should buy it before it's not available. The FA Limited lenses are magic!

The feeling you have about needing the FA 31 wil be much stronger toward the 43 and 77 after you use the 31.



We do, but it's not in production anymore. I traded my DA 15 for the FA* 24 with a Forums member. After never really getting along with the 15, the 24 is incredible.

K-1 and FA* 24
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-08-2017, 10:54 AM  
Help with Pentax-A 50mm f2 on Pentax ME Super
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9
Views: 508
If you're a beginner with a manual film camera, I thought I'd clarify a few things. Cameras use open-aperture metering so there is enough light in the viewfinder to compose and focus the frame. If the camera allows the aperture blades to stop down when you adjust the aperture ring from f/2 to f/22, the viewfinder would be nearly black, if not all black due to not enough light coming through the lens. We wouldn't be able to see our subject to compose the frame and focus the lens. Cameras are designed to meter and focus with the aperture all the way open. When you press the shutter release button, several things happen: the mirror flips up, then the lens stops down to your chosen aperture, the shutter curtain opens and closes, the lens opens back up to the widest aperture, then the mirror returns down. In a digital camera, the same steps occur, but one more is added: the sensor records the image once the shutter curtain opens. Film automatically records the image when light hits the film at this stage.

Second, an ME Super isn't new enough to have aperture priority work with the A 50 lens. This means the "A" setting on the aperture ring should not be used, as the camera can't control the aperture. If you want a film camera to use the A setting, you need a Super Program or other camera which allows this functionality. The question of manually adjusting aperture when the ring is set to A is asked occasionally, so some time ago I put together a list of Pentax film cameras that control aperture from the body: aperture controlling bodies? - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 10:03 AM  
K10D Battery Holder
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 12
Views: 465
There isn't one. This option wasn't available until the K-7's grip was released (but it was available for several Pentax film cameras...).

Even though the grip for the K10D doesn't hold AA batteries, I love that it stores the remote. I really with the K-1's grip did this.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2017, 12:14 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9,775
Views: 1,516,743
K-1 and FA 77:


Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-25-2017, 07:33 PM  
K-1 or 645D? I did it (not the sensible choice)
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 27
Views: 2,492
Welcome to the Forums.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-08-2017, 12:17 AM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 804
Views: 157,116
K-1 and FA* 80-200:


Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-24-2017, 01:18 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 16,504
Views: 1,945,978
K1000, Centon 50/1.7, Fuji 200
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2017, 12:02 PM  
All Purpose Lens
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 22
Views: 1,208
Uncle makes a great suggestion. Review focal lengths on some shots and then get the first FA Limited lens closest to that range. Then buy the other two FA Limited lenses. They are small, lightweight, and very high quality.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-02-2017, 01:04 PM  
Blurriness in pictures - K1 with HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 29
Views: 1,331
I agree with bickmackcam. A shutter speed of 1/200 is not fast enough to freeze motion, especially in a scene with tall trees exposed to a light breeze.

A shutter speed of 1/500 is the minimum to freeze motion. There are areas in focus in your photos, and areas with a little blur. This solidifies the idea of a requirement for faster shutter speeds.

If this doesn't correct it, and depending on the areas not sharp, I'd stop down a bit and try again. This will tell us if the issue is more serious with the lens.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-19-2017, 01:40 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 9,775
Views: 1,516,743
K10D and 43


K10D and 77


K-1 and 43


K-1 and 77
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-29-2017, 07:42 PM  
Focusing Points
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 90
Views: 4,127
There are a lot of complaints about the Pentax AF system. We really don't have it that bad. I'd agree with Dan's comment:

We are lucky to have such a nice focusing system. Is it the best? I don't know if there is a "best." Use the tools that best fit your shooting styles and subjects. I teach photography at a university. I get to use just about any camera I want, from a 645Z to a Canon 5D mk iv, to a Nikon D810 or a Sony a7 to a Sony a6500. Which ones do I use the most? My K-1, my K10D, a Canon 80D, and a Nikon D7200.

My K10D has 11 AF points, 9 of which are cross-type at f/2.8! This is a big deal.

I'm impressed Dan, especially with the beautiful bird-in-flight image. The 6D has 11 AF points, only one is cross-type, the center one, at f/5.6 or smaller apertures. You've been able to master your tools to get sharp images without cross-type sensors.

Nikon's sensors are only cross-type at f/4 and smaller, meaning you don't get horizontal and vertical focusing if you use f/2.8. Using a split-prism focusing screen in an older film camera gave us a horizontal split. Imagine having a horizontal and vertical split to achieve focus! This is what a cross-type AF point is. Here's an image (not mine) for those who didn't use older Pentax cameras with split-prism focusing screens:

Unless you're using a top-of-the-line Canon, you don't get cross-type sensors unless you use f/5.6. Using f/4, or any focus point other than the center one, you don't get that advantage and my students get less "keepers" due to slightly out-of-focus images. It takes time to learn how focus systems work and their "sweet spots." Going back to Pentax, my K10D has 9 out of 11 cross-type sensors at f/2.8, and the K-1 has 25 of 33 cross-type AF sensors at f/2.8. Pentax might have a slower AF, but at least it's accurate, and it certainly works well for me.

K10D and FA* 80-200


100% Crop Screenshot


200% Crop Screenshot
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2017, 03:58 PM  
Nature Wildlife with the F* 250-600
Posted By builttospill
Replies: 8
Views: 681
Thanks Adam. I was a little too close for comfort, but there were other photographers there who couldn't run as fast as I can.
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