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08-03-2012, 08:39 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax K-30 and D-FA 100 WR

Scored a brand new D-FA 100 WR off ebay for $590 shipped to go along with the K-30 18-135 kit. Love the camera and both the lenses! AF is quick and as others have mentioned previously, firm. Still learning my way around the camera and so far, I am absolutely in love with Pentax. Returning that Sony A57 was a wonderful idea. The high ISO performance of the K-30 is superb, and using the live view in manual focus is a breeze. The optical viewfinder is bright, although having always used EVFs, it took a little while to adjust myself to not being able to see the exposure details through the viewfinder. This forum is a great way to learn my way around the camera as well. Here are a couple of quick snaps taken earlier today with the 100 WR, indoors and outdoors.

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Like the second one!

QuoteOriginally posted by isb.deep Quote
not being able to see the exposure details through the viewfinder
What do you mean by this?
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Franky2step: thank you !

Giklab: Thanks! What I meant was that in an EVF you can see the scene changing as you adjust the ev values. The EVF gives you that wysisyg effect, even though iI think the OVF let you see better. I believe it is only a matter of getting used to the excellent OVF in the k-30. After using the OVF I actually noticed for the first time the lag in the EVF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by isb.deep Quote
Franky2step: thank you !

Giklab: Thanks! What I meant was that in an EVF you can see the scene changing as you adjust the ev values. The EVF gives you that wysisyg effect, even though iI think the OVF let you see better. I believe it is only a matter of getting used to the excellent OVF in the k-30. After using the OVF I actually noticed for the first time the lag in the EVF.
EVF or LCD lag is the main reason I can't take expensive mirrorless cameras seriously. I can put up with it on an inexpensive camera though. On the nice looking OLED screen of my WB650 if I wave my hand up and down in front of the camera lens, the screen shows my hand going down as it's going up there's so much lag!
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Sonys are very good with that. You get hardly any lag even in compact cameras up to ISO 800-1000. SLTs and MILCs are better of course.
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Congrats on the K30! I really like the second shot. Have fun with the macro, it is an awesome lens. The only thing is that sometimes it can be too sharp...
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Giklab: I believe you are right as there was less of a perceptible lack in the EVF on the Sony A57. Maybe we need something like the hybrid viewfinder on the X100

Rondec: Thank you! It is a good macro lens indeed, although, I wonder if too much sharpness is a bad thing. I will take too sharp over too soft any day

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QuoteOriginally posted by isb.deep Quote
Giklab: I believe you are right as there was less of a perceptible lack in the EVF on the Sony A57. Maybe we need something like the hybrid viewfinder on the X100

Rondec: Thank you! It is a good macro lens indeed, although, I wonder if too much sharpness is a bad thing. I will take too sharp over too soft any day

I almost got that lens, but I opted for the tamron 90mm instead and am happy as hell with it, I am sure you will love your pentax macro too! By too sharp, I think he means, at wide open, the depth of field is RAZOR thin...takes some experimenting to get just right Have fun!
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I think he means too sharp in the IQ sense: ex. too sharp for portraits, which a lens can be, since you don't want to see every skin imperfection, do you? (Or, for that matter, the models )
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But no models have skin imperfections right?
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Thanks for the review / photos, I just got my K-30 & 18-135 today and was considering the 100 WR as my next lens.
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