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04-16-2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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Trouble getting used to k-01

Hi all, I just purchased a used k-01 and and trying to get a handle on it. First thoughts are why no TAV?? Then I discovered that if I put it in M and select auto ISO it works close to the same as Tav but with no EV compensation.

On my K5IIs and k3 I use TAV 98% of the time as I can adapt much quicker to changing lighting and subjects that I can with full manual. But I do use EV comp a lot too. So this brings me to my dilemma, I either figure out how to shoot with av or TV mode(both of which don't give me the control Im accustomed to), or learn to shoot M/TAV and figure out how to do it without the use of EV comp. I wonder is there exposire bracketing in M/TAV? That could be an option?

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Well, it is on a lower tier than some other models so you are giving up a few features (beyond the optical viewfinder).
04-16-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by jayman_1975 Quote
Hi all, I just purchased a used k-01 and and trying to get a handle on it. First thoughts are why no TAV?? Then I discovered that if I put it in M and select auto ISO it works close to the same as Tav but with no EV compensation.
Yes, this is a known weakness. One thing you can do is Exposure bracketing in TAv, and you get something similar to EV, but not really. Its a good workaround, but it takes three photos, so you end up with many exposures. Selecting +/- 2/3 can be great for some types of photography, but is kind of annoying and wasteful with other types.
Many of us would have liked TAv on the mode dial (and are hoping for an improved K-02), but honestly, I got used to just switching between Tv and Av, depending on what I need. Av is good enough for pretty much all of my use. I choose the ISO that I want beforehand, depending on the light conditions (or an ISO range, if the conditions are changing). I only keep an eye on shutter speed if it is too low or too high. If this happens, I either adjust the aperture, or ISO. In low light, you can use Tv mode, where you just adjust the shutter speed to the minimal you can still get away with, then choose the highest ISO you find acceptable, and let the camera choose the aperture.
Sure, TAv is great, but look at it as a learning experience. Often we think we need more control over things than we actually do.

Now you know how Canikon users feel like. with no TAv

Edit: The other odd firmware limitation on the K-01 is burst mode. When shooting raw, the burst hi is still pretty slow. But if you use bracketing, it goes faster... So you can bracket with 1/3 to get those sequences. If you shoot raw, that 1/3 can be easily adjusted in PP, in most cases
04-16-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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I "live" in Tv and M mode (depending on the lens), and tried TAv a couple of times only.
I still think like in the film era, when you chose the roll first and the other things after that.

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Ok so I just discovered that I can use exposure bracketing in TAV mode and can set them as wide apart as I want. I can live with this as a work around for EV comp
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The K-01 is great little camera and I have had mine for a couple of years, still have trouble getting used to it, but that is the operators fault.
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No viewfinder was the kiss of death for my K-01.


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