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09-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #16
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Think of it this way, you have the advantage over someone just starting out...you can compose an image and probably have some skill in "seeing" an image, that is, saying "OK, there's a shot there"...that's most of it right there.

Knowing how to twiddle the dials to get what you want comes with practice.

As I've said in other posts, cameras are better than ever at light metering, auto-focussing etc, but no camera can beat the sophisticated system you have - your eyes and your knowledge.

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It's not full frame that's why. Full frame ftw!!!
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At your level of proficiency, I would not have spent that much money on a camera. I am more than happy with my K-r and I have even used it in rain and snow. Never had a problem. That DSLRs cannot withstand light rain is a myth.
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Today's effort.

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Today's effort.
Nothing wrong with that - is that from up at Kuranda?

Which lens were you using?
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Nothing wrong with that - is that from up at Kuranda?

Which lens were you using?
Nah top of the Pyramid down at Gordonvale. The 18-135mm with a polariser.
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1. arvo

One of the many words that Australians have cut syllables off and replaced with "-o". This one represents the hours after 12pm.

Hey Davo, I'm goin' to the servo for arvo smoko.

Translation: David, I'm going to the service station to purchase some food for the afternoon break.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcupp95 Quote
Nah top of the Pyramid down at Gordonvale. The 18-135mm with a polariser.
Nice - very nice countryside there.

Now you have such a good camera, and clearly you enjoy landscapes - at some stage you are going to start thinking about the DA 15/4 Limited. It is a stunning little lens, and well worth owning if you like your landscapes. This example from Mt John Carpark, Tekapo looking across towards Mt Cook. Pentax K5, DA15mm Limited

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I had a similar experience when I got my K5ii. What it really came down to was that a lot of the ways I had learned to use my old camera, that I thought were me learning how to be a better photographer, were actually me learning how to use that specific camera better. A few weeks with the K5ii and I had started to learn how to use it and the quality of my results increased significantly.

The biggest hurdle for me was learning how the auto focus works on the new camera. I was coming from a Nikon D3100 that has tiny focus dots that show the exact location where autofocus is pointed. The K5ii has these enormous bracketed areas and I was getting completely random results at first as a result. I spent a few evenings sitting on my back porch shooting pictures of my K-01 and really paying attention to where the autofocus was happening vs where I was expecting it to happen.

After that I started having much more reliable results. It's been a few months now and I am nearly as comfortable with the K5ii as I was with my old camera and my ability to use the camera is about equal as well. Of course, the K5ii gives me much better results so the frustration and retraining was worth it.
First of all, it is just me... don't like Nikon's viewfinder (may be Canon's as well) with all the focus points etched on the focusing screen; so it is all cluttered. Second point is that if you let the camera to select the focus, then you may not always get the focus right as the camera can not read your mind. I always select the focus point (usually the center) and recompose if needed. The k-5 series is a great learning tool.
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Grow into the camera.

You'll be glad when you do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
First of all, it is just me... don't like Nikon's viewfinder (may be Canon's as well) with all the focus points etched on the focusing screen; so it is all cluttered.
one thing i miss on the K-5 is the etched focus points (as on my 60D), with them it is easier for me to see where i need to make an AF point active, still learning how to cope with the K-5 AF point etchless viewfinders
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Try again tomorrow. Sunsets are tough exposures to get right.
Do not lose heart. You have a wonderful camera at your disposal, and if you approach every exposure mindfully you will learn and the results will come. Bad shots cost you nothing with digital photography.
Buy a good book about the basics of photography and read it several times, experimenting as you go. Bracket. Shoot RAW. Get some decent PP software. Never use green mode again.
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FWIW I also experienced the same when stepping up from to a K5 after allmost 3 years of K20d usage. It is a no-nonsense tool, you just need some adjustment time.
Get out and spend some qualitytime with it, you get the hang of it sooner or later.
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QuoteOriginally posted by beachgardener Quote
one thing i miss on the K-5 is the etched focus points (as on my 60D), with them it is easier for me to see where i need to make an AF point active, still learning how to cope with the K-5 AF point etchless viewfinders
I lost the fun shooting via the edged viewfinder with all the cross-point dots on the faces of people when I took a group shot. I think it is just me getting used to Pentax.
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Whatever you do... Don't sell this camera

Hi,

I have been wanting to reply to this thread, but held back considering there are many more pro / experienced Petaxians here than me. I am far too new.

Considering that, I advise you NOT to sell your Pentax K-5 II my friend. It is a fine piece of equipment. You just need to get your hands on it.

Look at the Panorama you took today, it looks great, very sharp too. You just need to learn how to compose better IMHO (Not that I am great as well, it is a life long learning, even the experts don't call themselves experts).

Think of this you got promoted and you got yourself a big car a beemer or a cadillac or a Bentley (Lets amp it up), now you want to sell it because you don't feel comfortable in the bucket seat? Don't do that to yourself, master the equipment, read the manual, play with it.

There are plenty of customizations available, you asked for preset modes, when you take a picture you can add custom digital filter to it, play with white balance, there is plenty room there too. That is in camera creativity in a pro-camera for you.

Hope you stick with this Camera!

Cheers!
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