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10-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #46
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THe AF is Autofocus mode selection S,C,M.
on the back right Auto, Sel etc. is autofocus area selection.
Beneath the mode dial on top is the metering selection.

Have a look in the manual - the button layout is explained.

And remember that Magic Lantern K7 book is a great beginner's guide to the Pentax controls, though the manual is actually pretty decent.

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SORRY,
in my infinite stupidity I did saw the little lever under the programs selector. This one has the 3 positions shown in the article you so kindly sent me. I made just now a test and really the exposure changes dramatically. I think the more real position is the central one for landscapes. Than I shall continue test.
Have all my excuses for wasting your time in answer a so stupid man.
Thanks a lot.
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I shall post some pics asap.
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There are a lot of options and controls to keep track of. I think most of us get a little stuck in a couple of modes we are comfortable with and forget we can change things based on the situation and environment.
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Going back to the bag question.
I bought the Manfrotto Bella IV and these are my impressions:
The bag is very little. There is space for the K-5 and practically nothing else.
The picture shown in Manfrotto site probably refer to the Manfrotto VI. If you look at these photo you see that manfrotto uses the same pictures from Bella IV to Bella VI. It is not correct.
Really the front cantainer is practically useless.
I am sorry ti tell that even if it is italian I am not very satisfied by it.
It is useful if you have to carry on only the camera and may be a short lens.
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Dear friends,
from the first photos the 18-55 kit lens doesn't seems very good. For now it is ok but may be I shall need something better later.
I am considering these lenses:
1) Pentax DA 50-200/4,5-5,6 ED WR
2) Tamron AF 70-300/4,5-5,6 DG Macro
3) Tamron AF 18-200/ 3,5-6,4 XR Macro
4) Tamron 70-300/ 4-5,6 Di LD Macro
Considering that the first seems without the Macro function I could stay on the 2, 3, 4 solution.
Has anyone experience with these lenses?
Please, let me know your comments.
Thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ezio49 Quote
Dear friends,
from the first photos the 18-55 kit lens doesn't seems very good. For now it is ok but may be I shall need something better later.
I am considering these lenses:
1) Pentax DA 50-200/4,5-5,6 ED WR
2) Tamron AF 70-300/4,5-5,6 DG Macro
3) Tamron AF 18-200/ 3,5-6,4 XR Macro
4) Tamron 70-300/ 4-5,6 Di LD Macro
Considering that the first seems without the Macro function I could stay on the 2, 3, 4 solution.
Has anyone experience with these lenses?
Please, let me know your comments.
Thanks
If you are not happy with the kit lens you probably won't be happy with any of those either.
Look to step up to prime lenses, or DA* zooms, or constant f2.8 zooms from Tamron or Sigma for improved image quality.
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Agreed, Larry.
I can advise against the Tammy 70-300. There are a number of threads seeking the exact same advice.
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Try some primes even the manual primes will give you great photos for a little investment. As I said they are manual focus and for some that is a negative but I love shooting with them. My first was a Pentax M50 1.7 which I still use. If you are after a zoom lens but don't want to spend a lot have a look at the Pentax DA or DA L 55-300. If I'm just walking around it's usually in my Tenba messenger bag with the M50 1.7

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ezio49 Quote
Dear friends,
from the first photos the 18-55 kit lens doesn't seems very good. For now it is ok but may be I shall need something better later....
If your budget is tight, consider replacing your 18-55 with the DA 16-45/4. I can't speak for Italy, but in the US, it is often overlooked. So you might be able to get one for a fair price. When the setting is appropriate, each time I take mine out, I say to myself 'I need to use this more often!'. Even in low light, if you take some care, it can be made to perform very very well.

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About fixed lens I have a Zeiss ( Planar 50, Tessar 135, Distagon 35) and a Soligor 24 m. The problem is to find an adaptor from Rollei to Pentax fitting. I try in E-Bay, by several italian vendors, etc. but no result. May be the only possibility is the Soligor that had the thread fitting. I should like to test them on the K-5 and see what happen.
Do you have any suggestion?
I am continuing my tests with several combination of focus and exposition. I found that in high light the result with the green position is not bad.
The use in TAv, in my opinion, request a correction of exposition of +0,7 - +1,0. Do you experienced similar conditions?
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I contacted Zeiss and they answered me that the old SL 35 lens are not usable on Pentax digital reflex. They can be used on some type of Sony and Fuji mirrorless cameras.
Other point: in Pentax manual It is explained the possibility to shoot several pictures and the camera shall elaborate them to obtain the best photo. In my opinion it is true if the camera shall have no movement during the shoots
. Is it correct? Do anyone has experience with this program?
Thanks. Ciao.
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Hey Ezio - that option is called HDR. It can produce pretty cool effects. I've only tried it a couple times so can't give much guidance. The term HDR should let you search the forum, though.

I don't usually find the need to apply a universal EV correction using TAv, but often do need to adjust the exposure in post-processing. Usually it's a highlights or shadow issue, and depending on what the camera was metering on I may need ot adjust. I should try matrix metering on a bright day.
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I was considering the exposure bracketing with the idea to have three diffenr exposition and to use the best one, or closest to my idea of best exposition, to apply postprocessing. That is only an idea and may be I do not add any improvement.
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Bracketing is good, too - it's always better to get a good exposure than post-process. Plus, it will give you an idea how to adjust your exposures later.
I rarely use bracketing, myself - even when I probably should... Maybe I'll set up a User Mode with bracketing defaulted ON, so I can quickly select it.
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What about this lens at 99,9 (about 130 USD) new:
Sigma 70-300mm 4-5,6 DG MACRO
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