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03-30-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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Lesson learned...

...take the right tool for the job.

First bitumen sprint event of the year and I chose to force myself to take and only use the K-01 with the MX-1 for shot's in the pits and short video clips.
Previous events I take the K-7 and my camcorder.

Result: Total fail
Why: Mirrorless cameras are a poor choice when 99% of the action is in full sun and the K-01 shutter is way too slow. Trying to predict is all well and good, but you can't predict spin outs on the track. MX-1 also washed out in sun and shutter lag also a problem where you want to grab a shot of something happening. A lot can happen in the time between pressing the shutter button and the camera actually firing!

The Hoodman loupe helped somewhat to frame shots with the K-01, but honestly - I was missing so much with the shutter lag I just gave up.

03-30-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Yup, I learned the hard way too that the K-01 is better for stills and not outside on super-bright days.

Too bad for the missed photo ops, but at least you'll be better prepared for next time!
03-31-2014, 12:15 AM   #3
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Next mirrorless cam I buy has to have an EVF

Actually, I'm beginning to feel the need [desire?] to upgrade the K-7. I don't want a K-3 so at this time a K-50 would have to be the choice.
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Steve -- Had the same problem the other day trying the K-01 on an airplane with the SDM f/2.8 200mm lens... which focuses VERY fast on the K-5 IIs. No joy. Nothing can help the K-01 for action. Pre-focusing only goes so far and before you know it, the subject moves off the pre-focus spot and you're screwed. I can't think of anything else to try -- catch-in focus won't work on a fast-changing scene. And as for manual focus, I'm just not good enough to manually track something and keep it in focus.

But it IS a great camera for static shots, like landscapes. And for architectural photography, things like that. Excellent image quality with most any lens.

03-31-2014, 01:43 AM   #5
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I think you have misread. I have no problem with focussing Jon, the Tamron 17-50mm focuses fast enough indeed. I'm talking about shutter lag. That's the problem (and the LCD washed out)
03-31-2014, 10:10 AM   #6
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LCD,... wear a dark shirt and see if it stops the reflections on the plastic LCD cover.

Shutter Lag - Where do you have the AF Release option set to Steve?
Menu 'C' 2, item 10 - I have mine set to type 2 "Release Priority", as I use manual lenses most of the time, and waiting for the camera to fire when I did use AF lenses annoyed the heck outa me.
Press button, camera fires, no lag.

Now, my sisters old EOS 90 (from the late '80's), that was a lag monster, half press, AF finds focus, reframe, full press, and wait, and wait, and then half the time it would try focus again and you'd loose the shot.
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Every tool has it's own job to do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PiDicus Rex Quote
LCD,... wear a dark shirt and see if it stops the reflections on the plastic LCD cover.
Yes, I wear a dark grey long sleeved shirt. But it's not so much reflections, it's that the environment is so ultra bright that my eyes are stopped down to prevent retina burn and the LCD is a faint image by comparison! (yes the LCD brightness is up full)
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Shutter Lag - Where do you have the AF Release option set to Steve?
Menu 'C' 2, item 10 - I have mine set to type 2 "Release Priority"
Yep, that's how mine is. Still too slow.

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Last summer I went to an open air festival in Finland and took my K-01 + 16-50 lens. That copy of lens coupled with a rather slow camera was a nightmare to use in anything but bright sunlight. First of all I could not open the lens wider than F 4.0, because on that copy anything wide was unusable. This means I had to rely on camera's ISO capabilities. From 3200 onwards, camera applies some smoothing even to RAW files. At dusk I started experiencing focusing problems. The keeper rate was less than 50%.
But some of my best landscape and architecture shots were done with that very combo.
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Every tool has it's own job to do.
Well said.
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@Steve.Ledger, with "Release Priority" you say the camera was still slow. Since I know very little about photography and in particular this camera, isn't the release controlled by the operator? Or does "release priority" still allow the camera to do some decision making on the timing?

@PiDicus Rex, does your experience with "release priority" differ?
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I've solved the problem... Bought a K-50
Should be in my hands mid-week.
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@Steve -- K-50! Great! What color combination?
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I chose the black combination
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I've solved the problem... Bought a K-50
Are you selling the K-01 now?
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No plans to.
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