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Old Feb 8, 2009, 2:31 PM   #1
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As you all know I do not trust the AF of K20D at all. And for fast actions shots I would rather use manual focus which I believe it is faster. Well this time I used the SDM and the AFC of the camera to do the focusing instead of a series of fast shots .

This occasion is the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Winterfestival taken Feb 7.

I have to say this is entirely mechanical as I shot in burst mode and the only action I did was to trigger and following the subject.

























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Old Feb 8, 2009, 3:47 PM   #2
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Don't know what pixelpeeping would reveal, but resized like this I can't see any focus problem. A nice series.

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Old Feb 8, 2009, 4:23 PM   #3
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Don't know what pixelpeeping would reveal, but resized like this I can't see any focus problem. A nice series.

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Kjell,

I was using F4 1/750s iso 400. That was taken completely different from my normal set up (MF, spot focus, M or Av mode). With K20D I should be ok with iso800 and 1/1000 or F5.6.
To tell you the truth it is the first I have allowed camera and lens taking care of everything. I just have to re-learn AF.

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Old Feb 8, 2009, 5:32 PM   #4
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That is a nice series Daniel. Looks like the K20D worked out just fine this time.

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Nice work Daniel,
I'd be proud of those.
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Old Feb 8, 2009, 11:37 PM   #6
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These are really nice! I know what you mean about learning about AF and action - I've always used the A*300 for most action shots. I tried a couple of flying birds with the DA 55-300 and had no success at all. I haven't figured it out at all. I think I'll try AFC next time - you certainly did well with this set.
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mtngal, you mentioned trying bird in flight shots, which is something I'd
love to get into, but which lens do you feel would return the best results
with my K10D?
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I can't answer that, really. I've had pretty good luck with the A*300 because it's a manual focus lens and I've pre-focused pretty much. However, I do miss quite a few by not focusing fast enough. I haven't figured out the AF with the DA 55-300 yet for fast moving subjects (I don't shoot them much). When I was at the beach, I found that I'd lose the bird in the viewfinder and the lens would suddenly hunt right when I was ready to push the shutter. I need practice!
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flyshooter wrote:
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mtngal, you mentioned trying bird in flight shots, which is something I'd
love to get into, but which lens do you feel would return the best results
with my K10D?
If you are an AF shooter, try to search the images of DA*300mm which has SDM motor that you K10D can drive.

As my longest lens is A*300mmF4 which is a MF lens I can only do MF in bif shots

http://photo.net/pentax-camera-forum/00PoVa


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Thanks mtngal, from what I've been hearing, BIF shots can be a real
challenge. I'll have to decide how to handle this one. I'm going to look into
the DA*300mm, possibly find one at a good price on Ebay. Thanks for your help.

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