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06-25-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Kr for wildlife photos

I was wondering if you guys ever shoot in Hi speed bursts. And how the shutter is holding up in the K-r.
I have two k-5's and both are pretty much shot. Both back in Japan for shutter problems.
I was thinking if the K-r is holding up better I might buy one. It's shuuter speed is a little better than the k-x. That is what i am using now.

06-25-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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All Pentax bodies are claimed to have a shutter life of at least 100,000 clicks- so if that wasn't the case with your k-5's, you either got very unlucky, or the cameras were somehow damaged. I don't think switching cameras will give you more longevity, but that's just my take.

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Hi speed burts: I use a lot of Hi continuous shootins sequence with my K-7. Possibly 1/3rd of my shots are in Hi continuous mode. I never had any major problems, beyond my own mistakes.

I cannot comment directly on other camera bodies, but I read very few reports (in PF) of problems/incidents with other Pentax dSLRs with Hi continuous shooting

Wildlife photograhy: IMHO any camera body will do the job because the ost important component is the lens. Go to the Pentax Lens discussion in the PF and you will find there several threads on wildlife shooting. Your selection of lenses will be the key decision to ensure good shots.

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06-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks. Just exploring other options.

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The burst on the K-r is pretty impressive. I'm using it a lot, and when shooting something well lit, with a fast shutter speed, it just blazes. It seems disproportionately slower in low light/longer exposures, but I'm sure it just feels that way. It does have to compensate for that though, and I think one of the AF controls also affects it.
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I've noticed than the extra loud shutter of the K-r causes most animals to turn and face the camera by about the 2nd or 3rd shot. Then they're gone
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Yeah, I've had that happen a bit with birds too. Depends entirely on the distance and level of ambient noise, well and how spooky the subject is. On the upside, there have been times where I've wanted a critter's attention, and it works well for that, like if you want them to look at the camera (or at least stop preening themselves for a second).

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