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07-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Another in-depth review

The Verge has published a review: Pentax K-30 review | The Verge

Is AF are as slow as it states in the review? They also says that camera feels cheap.
Not really an in-depth review by my taste, but i has been spoiled by dpreview's deepness and even academical approach, so reviews from other resources looks amateurish

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Canon T4i's better AF, hah.

It mentions some stuff correctly, it mention some stuff incorrectly, and they have different weight in what they value in a camera. Didn't enjoy reading it.
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Review seems a bit sloppy to me, and I disagree with some of the points, but I'm glad to see the camera getting coverage and a mostly positive review.
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Another review at ePhotozine...
Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Review


"Slow live view autofocus"???

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Is it possible that the "slow AF" is due to the 18-135 lens instead of K30 body?
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doubt it unless it's in low light. the 18-135 is a very quick and accurate focusing lens in my experience.
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Well, I am not surprised about the slow AF complaints as even the PF review notes not a substantial difference between the K30's AF speed and the K5's AF speed - here is the kicker though, 95% of the slow AF complaints is not from faulty or slow equipment, it's really from faulty users (take no offense anyone) and the other 5% is from lenses [and in Pentax land SDM takes up 4.5% of the 5% noted]. My K5 with my Siggy 70~200 focuses as fast as anybodies 5D with the Siggy 70~200 when using center point only from both bodies, I would expect the K30 would also match in AF performance...
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Btw, none reviews has mentioned about eye sensor. Does k30 has one? I dont see it, like some square window under viewfinder on other cameras.

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The 18-135 is NOT slow to focus on my K-5, that is one of its strong suits IMHO. It's amazing to me the variety of responses to the same piece of equipment. Many of the reviews I have read have made a point of saying our robust and substantial feeling the K-30 is - then this reviewer says the opposite and has incorrect data on the weight. Strange.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dachiko Quote
Btw, none reviews has mentioned about eye sensor. Does k30 has one? I dont see it, like some square window under viewfinder on other cameras.
No, it doesn't have an eye sensor, because it doesn't have an EVF.
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No, it doesn't have an eye sensor, because it doesn't have an EVF.
I'm missing something about my K-5, then. (This would not be news.) There are times in the near-dark when an illuminated rear LCD is OK until I bring my eye to the viewfinder. Then the light from the LCD is an annoyance. Should I dig through the manual to see what I'm doing wrong or is there a function that an eye sensor could, in fact, perform?
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I suppose an eye sensor could be useful on a camera without an EVF, but I can't think of a single traditional dSLR that has one. (Doesn't mean it doesn't exist... just can't think of one.)
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I thought the ePhotozine review was decent, but I was surprised to see live view focus speed listed as a con. I left the following comment on the review:

Thanks for the review, but I was surprised to see live view focus speed as a con. I find the speedy focus speed in live view to be one of the best features of this camera. In addition to the K-30, I also have an Olympus E-P1, and I find the K-30 to be almost as quick to focus. Maybe the E-P1 is quicker, but they're both fast enough that the difference is not anything to worry about.

I don't get to use other DSLR's often, but are there a lot of competitors that focus quicker in live view?
So do any of you know the answer to my question? Does the competition focus significantly faster in live view?
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I have owned both a T3i and Nikon D5100 recently and neither have a faster live view.
The only DSLR-like camera I have owned with a faster live view was my Sony SLT-a57 (which was faster than my a-65).
However the Sony use PDAF and translucient mirror, so not really as valid a comparison.
The K30 is faster than my Oly E-PL2 but the E-P3 or even E-PM1 would win out for CDAF.
I also find the K30 faster at PDAF than my T3i (should as the T3i AF is based on the 30D system) but the Nikon D5100 has an edge over it.
The K30 and D5100 are the only cameras I have had able focus on a dragonfly in flight.
But this is just my opinion YMMV.
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"The Camera Store" dinghy review had comments to the effect that the K-30 was much nicer to use than the Canon T4i. One section of that was the LV contrast AF was as snappy as the highly touted T4i's redesigned system.

Having my K-30 I find the Liveview AF pretty snappy and impressive, but I haven't had any other late generation DSLRs to compare with.
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