Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-15-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
Veteran Member
Bcrary3's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 364
K-5 Viewfinder?

This may or may not have been posted up on here someplace, but recently I was outdoors walking around the neighbourhood, it was the nicest day we've had for a while here in the frozen tundra that is known as Wisconsin, anywho, it was very bright out, and I had noticed that the L.E.D inside of the view finder (the one that shows all your information) was almost impossible to see. And as I usually shoot in full manual mode, this poses a bit of a problem for me.. I am curious to know if there is any way to adjust it so it is easier to see while shooting in bright light? Any help here would be fantastic! Thanks,
Brandon

03-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
Site Supporter
Ex Finn.'s Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern Maryland.
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 6,278
No adjusting there, it is what it is.
03-15-2013, 09:15 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Bcrary3's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 364
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
No adjusting there, it is what it is.
Oh, alright, that is a bit unfortunate. Oh well, thank you for the help!
03-15-2013, 09:22 PM - 1 Like   #4
Site Supporter
PentaxJax's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Eastern shore
Posts: 135
I used to have the same problem with my Kr. Moving from bright area to looking through view finder was taking a while for me to see all there was. I upgraded to the K5 mainly for the top LCD. I point the camera in the general direction and half press shutter and then make adjustments viewing the top screen before looking through the viewfinder to compose. It still takes a few seconds for the info to materialize in my vision. I dont think there is any adjustment other than waiting for the eye to dilate???

03-15-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
Veteran Member
Bcrary3's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 364
Original Poster
That could be the case, I had a similar problem on my K-10D but not nearly as bad IMO. But that is probably one of the very few negative things I could say about the K-5. Would using a different mode (I.e Av or even Tv) work out a bit better?
03-16-2013, 02:32 AM   #6
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,904
Hi

It is my all time biggest complaint about the green data display of the viewfinder.

In bright sun or low sun where sunlight at an angle is sneaking in from the side, (particularly if you wear glasses as I do), makes the info unreadable.
At night it is often much too bright and glare is a pain, so a simple potentiometer to adjust the brightness is long overdue and should be no problem to implement within the camera.

Have written to Pentax about it several times without success.
Maybe one day.

Greetings
03-16-2013, 04:34 AM   #7
Senior Member
screwdriver222's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Plymouth
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 133
I have experienced this myself and have just put up with it, but I think you can get rubber eyecups that fit over the viewfinder which should solve your problem.

Jeff
03-16-2013, 04:47 AM   #8
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Texas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,148
Meter display has been a problem ever since they added meters to SLRs. At first they used mechanical pointers, which you couldn't see against dark areas in dim light, then they went to LEDs which were great indoors, but were also hard to see in bright sun. The LCD displays used now seem to combine the worst of both. I guess camera designers must expect more "live view" use.
Using the top LCD is a good idea. Back when cameras had shutter speed dials and lenses had aperture rings you could always read and set those in any light before bringing the camera to your eye, even if the meter didn't work.

03-16-2013, 11:08 AM   #9
Site Supporter
tabl10s's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Sacramento(formerly from B'Ham, England).
Posts: 1,401
I only use the VF meter when I need to make sure I'm holding the camera level. The top panel is what I use normally and don't go LV with
AF lenses.

Last edited by tabl10s; 03-16-2013 at 12:16 PM.
03-16-2013, 11:51 AM   #10
Pentaxian
johnyates's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Posts: 1,192
Get a hat.
03-16-2013, 04:14 PM   #11
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,904
QuoteOriginally posted by screwdriver222 Quote
...get rubber eyecups that fit over the viewfinder which should solve your problem.
Had tried them, they don't work if you wear glasses.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, pentax k-5
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Viewfinder info readability K-30 vs k-5 GrinMode Pentax DSLR Discussion 12 12-03-2012 08:25 PM
K 5 cpl and viewfinder issue Extreme G Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 08-15-2012 02:54 AM
Spec in K-5 Viewfinder bubba911t Pentax K-5 8 03-30-2012 07:39 AM
K-5 Viewfinder and manual lenses focus problem PiotrKrochmal Pentax K-5 10 03-08-2012 03:54 PM
Hope the K-5 successor has wifi viewfinder kenyee Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 01-05-2012 09:56 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:21 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top