The Inspirational Pentax K10D
By PF Staff in Influential Photo Gear on Jan 14, 2013
I'm writing about the Pentax K10D that had the most influence on my photography. I bought the camera in early 2007. Up until that time I didn't take a lot of pictures not because I didn't like photography, but because of the cost of film and getting the pictures developed.
With the K10D that all changed. I was able to shoot away and get instant feedback on the camera and also critique the photos on the computer. Of course moving into the digital age, I had to learn some photo-shopping skills as well, which I am still working on.
|Pentax K10D + Tamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD|
When I first received the camera I pretty much shot it in green mode as I got used to it. I did take a photography class in college and another afterwards to improve my shooting and learn the basics of composition, although they were quite a few years prior. I got a few pictures that I liked, but I didn't get the camera as a point and shoot instrument (click the image to enlarge).
|Wild horse on Cumberland Island, Georgia, US|
|Pentax K10D, Pentax-F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5|
I started shooting in TAv mode then full manual mode. It took a while to get pictures that I considered decent shooting this way but it is much more rewarding. I don't like the camera deciding for me how the picture is going to look, although occasionally I will put the camera in green mode if I know I want the shot and I only have one chance to get it. When I finally got a picture shooting fully manual the way I wanted it, I felt a surge of excitement and knew my efforts weren't an exercise in futility.
|High Falls State Park, Georgia|
|Pentax K10D, Tamron 18-250mm
Most of what I do is nature and landscapes. Getting the camera also opened new avenues in photography, not to mention my wallet. I bought a K 300mm F4 manual lens and F 1.7x extender for wildlife and look forward to the day when there will be star glass in the camera bag.
|Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus)|
|Pentax K10D, SMC Pentax K 300mm|
This also brought in a new phase of photography in learning to use a mono pod. Then it took me to the opposite extreme of wanting to learn macro photography with a FA 50mm macro lens and Vivitar 2x extender. (Picture 5)
|Pentax K-10D + SMC Pentax-FA 50mm macro lens and Vivitar 2x extender|
My only gripe with the camera is the low ISO and inconsistent auto focus. It's been rewarding though to grow with the camera even with its limitations. I look forward to the next camera and its better features, but the K10D will always be the camera that had the most influence on my photography.
|Pentax K10D, Tamron 18-250mm|