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Old Mar 15, 2010, 11:32 AM   #21
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The only thing about the K-x that turned me off is the fact that there is no AF light indicator. I haven't had a chance to actually try one to see how bad (or not) that is. Several times I messed up the focus point on my cameras by accident (I usually have it set to single center spot) and if it wasn't for the AF light showing up at a different position other than the center in the OVF, I would not have known until I saw a whole bunch of pictures OOF because the camera selected the wrong spot to lock focus on. Any comments on the subject?
I agree this could be a major problem and not sure how the point is indicated so there is a quick check somehow, we need a K-x user to jump in on this.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:07 PM   #22
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The Pentax Kx has a multi point focus system, but it does not indicate in the optical viewfinder, by a LCD blink, where the Kx has actually focused.

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This does not help, but the K-7 has a light in the front to aid AF, the Kx does not... perhaps it is a matter less-expensive camera versus the more expensive camera. But, Mark1616 is right, we need a K-x user to jump in on this.
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This does not help, but the K-7 has a light in the front to aid AF, the Kx does not... ...
We are taking two different things here. The light on the K7 is the AF assist. I was referring to the little blinking light you usually see in the OVF after half pressing the shutter, indicating the focus point and whether or not the camera was able to lock focus. So, we know the K-x does not display the focus light. The question is, how does one know where the camera locked focus?
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The only sure way that I have found, is to use the menu and set the Kx to center point focus only. That way you are sure where the camera actually focused. However, the multi point focus system is defeated in making that change.

And yes, I am an actual Kx owner.

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about my last post I should add that there is no accual indicator of which focal point is being addressed I just ment that there is a general indicator of just being in plain old focus, not on any of the 5 or 11 points they say are in play sorry for any confusion
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We are taking two different things here. The light on the K7 is the AF assist. I was referring to the little blinking light you usually see in the OVF after half pressing the shutter, indicating the focus point and whether or not the camera was able to lock focus. So, we know the K-x does not display the focus light. The question is, how does one know where the camera locked focus?
Ah, blinking light... oh, very sorry, indeed. Thanks for the correction. Thanks.
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The only sure way that I have found, is to use the menu and set the Kx to center point focus only. That way you are sure where the camera actually focused. However, the multi point focus system is defeated in making that change....
I usually use center-point focus anyway. I don't like to have the camera choose where to focus on. However, there should be a setting where I choose which focus point the camera should use (usually selected by pressing the arrow keys). That way, I don't need to re-compose before shooting. How can I tell on the K-x whether the point I chose is indeed what the camera is using or not?
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See page 118 of this .pdf manual. Basically, if you want to choose a focus point, the LCD shows you the one you're selecting with the control pad (versus setting it so that the camera is choosing one for you, or just setting it to spot so that the camera always uses the center AF point instead)

http://www.pentaximaging.com/images/...n_official.pdf
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The is a octagon on the lower right when you look into the vf. If it is solid green it has a focus lock. So you can tell if there is a lock, but if you auto focus point you are not sure which one as the led were built into the camera. But if you chose the point manually. You will know when it has a lock and where.
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