Little live view A/F tip


cardiffgareth

Link Posted 19/11/2019 - 19:58
Did you know in live view you can change the focus area and also the size of the area to focus on?

My little vid here shows how
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Miles1010

Link Posted 19/11/2019 - 21:04
No. But now I do. Thanks Gareth.
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richandfleur

Link Posted 19/11/2019 - 21:07
No I did not know that. Thanks for the heads up.

In live view on a tripod, I tend to switch to manual focus, and zoom in with digital zoom and focus peaking to confirm the exact spot I'm after.
View returns to full screen once you half press the shutter button again and you're all good to go.

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 19/11/2019 - 22:59
richandfleur wrote:
No I did not know that. Thanks for the heads up.

In live view on a tripod, I tend to switch to manual focus, and zoom in with digital zoom and focus peaking to confirm the exact spot I'm after.
View returns to full screen once you half press the shutter button again and you're all good to go.

I do normally manual focus the same way as you, activate live view, press the ok button and rear jog wheel to zoom the screen in . It's pretty accurate, the live view AF as you can choose small areas to focus on and the K1 AF is pretty darn good
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HarisF1

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 00:14
Ooh neat, thank you for sharing!

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richandfleur

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 00:57
cardiffgareth wrote:
richandfleur wrote:
No I did not know that. Thanks for the heads up.

In live view on a tripod, I tend to switch to manual focus, and zoom in with digital zoom and focus peaking to confirm the exact spot I'm after.
View returns to full screen once you half press the shutter button again and you're all good to go.

I do normally manual focus the same way as you, activate live view, press the ok button and rear jog wheel to zoom the screen in . It's pretty accurate, the live view AF as you can choose small areas to focus on and the K1 AF is pretty darn good

Yeah live view is showing the image from the sensor, so you're getting real time feedback on where lens is 'looking' and not handing that to the normal phase detect AF. Live view doesn't require calibration or risk forward or back focussing etc. I think if your core subject is static and especially if the camera is tripod mounted, then live view is the way to go. Even if composition is found via the optical viewfinder, I switch to live view to focus and set the shot.

Didn't know about the AF point/area ability in live view though, so will go and see if that's available on say a K-3 as well? Thanks for the heads up.

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davidwozhere

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 01:34
Page 54 of the manual. And be aware that it won't work if, for example you have the AF mode set to 'spot'
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pschlute

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 01:36
Like Richard I too use LV to focus when the camera is on a tripod. Usually in manual mode with the zoom set to 100%.
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richandfleur

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 02:11
pschlute wrote:
Like Richard I too use LV to focus when the camera is on a tripod. Usually in manual mode with the zoom set to 100%.

Also much easier for night long exposures, where you can't see anything useful through the optical viewfinder

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RobL

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 13:39
Thanks Gareth, I often move the focus point around but I didnít know/forgotten about the size adjustment. Cheers.

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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 20/11/2019 - 17:13
RobL wrote:

PS everyone subscribe to Garethís channel!

Noooooo!

They're proper cringy but getting better
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