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10-05-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Starting to enjoy my K5

A professional photographer I was talking to said that upgrading camera equipment doesn't make things easier, it demands more. I have found it to be true upgrading to the K-5 from an older Olympus DSLR. Not only learning the intricacies of the equipment, but the demands on technique. Better resolution shows up mistakes as well as displays brilliance. I'm finally getting some images that I don't want to throw away.

This was a juvenile robin in a bush. The day was rainy and dark, the bushes even darker. This would have been an impossible image with my older hardware, but 1/250 6400 iso 300mm 3.8f on an adaptall 60-300mm 23a lens it came out ok.

I'm reading with dismay the hardware issues here. Got an extended warranty and am keeping my old camera around just in case. So far no problems. All that being said, this is an amazing camera.

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10-05-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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I think that is the most important test of any equipment - it should make the user happy. All other tests don't mean anything.

Good capture, although it does appear that focus was completely missed - or you have to dial in some correction for the front focus.


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10-05-2011, 09:55 PM   #3
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Agreed. I could hardly see anything in the viewfinder. Manual focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Agreed. I could hardly see anything in the viewfinder. Manual focus.
Try and get used to using the live view magnified for critical focus scenarios like that shot.

10-06-2011, 01:52 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
I'm finally getting some images that I don't want to throw away.
I know what you mean; I was thinking for a while of going back to the *ist DS!!
Here's one that give me a modicum of satisfaction.
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Well i'm glad you enjoy your k-5 and that photo. I don't think is something worth posting in that image, it's not sharp, focus seem to be on tree. I for sure won't enjoy the k-5 with pictures like that. Did you focus on the bird?
10-06-2011, 05:09 AM   #7
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Enjoy your K-5. Getting to know a new camera takes time, mostly more then we want.
10-06-2011, 08:05 AM   #8
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I bought my K-5 about 4 weeks ago, having upgraded from a Canon G11.
Am absolutely wowed by the results - will post examples here in the forum in the weeks to come.


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Enjoy your K-5. Getting to know a new camera takes time, mostly more then we want.
Is it learning the machine or learning to take advantage of new possibilities? This instance was near midday, cloudy and dark, walking down a trail, and this bird appears. Literally lift the camera up, focus and squeeze off a few shots before it flies away. One hopes the settings are somewhere near to what you want. My drive is full of images similar to this with my old Oly E420 except they ended up at 1/10 400 iso, noisy blur. Now I have to worry about slight front focus when I can barely make out the outline in the viewfinder.

I consider this a good problem.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Is it learning the machine or learning to take advantage of new possibilities? This instance was near midday, cloudy and dark, walking down a trail, and this bird appears. Literally lift the camera up, focus and squeeze off a few shots before it flies away. One hopes the settings are somewhere near to what you want. My drive is full of images similar to this with my old Oly E420 except they ended up at 1/10 400 iso, noisy blur. Now I have to worry about slight front focus when I can barely make out the outline in the viewfinder.

I consider this a good problem.

Catch in Focus can be your friend here. Even with a subject like that. He isn't so far from the tree trunk you couldn't use that to trip the shutter. At f3.8, it certainly isn't the worse tele shot I've ever seen but with practice, will definitely improve.

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I started shooting some 5+ decades ago. Photography was my job once. I got my K20D about 3.3 years ago. I'm still learning it, and I'm still learning photography. It's a never-ending process. Welcome!
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