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    I have really enjoyed using a Pentax K-30 I have had in for a few weeks but one abiding issue with the camera that puts me off is the unrefined focus mechanism operated by a motor in the camera body. It's audibly noisy and although I have had no issues with AF accuracy, the kit lens manual focus control is poor and of course the focus ring moves with the autofocus, which is not ideal at all. I think Pentax should have switched to in-lens AF a long time ago, just like Nikon has done. Yes, there are in-lens AF lenses in the Pentax range, but only in the more expensive lenses.

    Ian
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    Re: Legacy AF

    Originally posted by Ian View Post
    I have really enjoyed using a Pentax K-30 I have had in for a few weeks but one abiding issue with the camera that puts me off is the unrefined focus mechanism operated by a motor in the camera body. It's audibly noisy and although I have had no issues with AF accuracy, the kit lens manual focus control is poor and of course the focus ring moves with the autofocus, which is not ideal at all. I think Pentax should have switched to in-lens AF a long time ago, just like Nikon has done. Yes, there are in-lens AF lenses in the Pentax range, but only in the more expensive lenses.

    Ian
    Whatever happened to Shirley? Wasn't that her name, our much loved, long lost Pentax user and expert.

    Anyway, seeing as you've revived Shirley's forum I have to admit I have no intention of upgrading from my K20D but we do have those (expensive) 'silent' lenses you mention.

    The lenses are undoubtedly superb, though I can't manage the 60-250 f.4 easily as the barrel is a tad too wide for my small hands. However, I must admit, whenever I use them, I miss that 'whirr-clunk-click' of the motor and sometimes find myself wondering if I've remembered to switch on the camera.

    The noise, the feel and the comforting 'click' is all part of the experience. I mean - who would want a camera with a silent shutter button? These things have to make a noise or I'd feel deprived.

    As for the live view (on my K20D), I suppose it is 'primitive' but I don't use it anyway. No need for it with that lovely, large and bright optical viewfinder.

    Pol

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      Re: Legacy AF

      Hi Pol, I think you are in a minority preferring clunky and whirry AF

      Even almost 20 years ago when I bought my first AF SLR, the Canon EOS-100, it had Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) lenses.

      Ian
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        Re: Legacy AF

        Originally posted by Ian View Post
        Hi Pol, I think you are in a minority preferring clunky and whirry AF

        Even almost 20 years ago when I bought my first AF SLR, the Canon EOS-100, it had Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) lenses.

        Ian

        Yeah well that's your misfortune, innit.

        Pol

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