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08-04-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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K30 First impressions and some photos

Hi,

I don't have much time because I am in the middle of moving, but thought I would give a quick update.

Firstly, I love the camera, the feel of it is excellent, great weight, the grip is so well made you can just hold it in your right hand with no fear of dropping it (if you dare!)

I have taken roughly a thousand photos with it so far, I have not had the time to really test the Manual features, or even the Tav, as I am under a lot of moving stress right now.

Lenses are:

18-55 WR kit - as expected, not excellent, but takes good photos in the right situations. AF is a bit slow, but fast enough to get my son while on the swing set. I mostly use it for its wide angle and for that it is ok, not for pixel peepers, but seriously, for the 70 or so euros it cost me and the fact that it is WR, very acceptable!

Pentax 35mm 2.4 - Jury is still out on this one, I am getting really mixed results with it, may have to do a fine AF adjustment to correct it. Some photos are sharp, others are just not, and in situations where they easily should be. More testing needed.

Tamron 90mm macro - WOW, this is the gem of the lot, absolutely stunning!! It is by far my favorite of the three, the 35mm has got nothing on this beauty (except a smaller focal length and price lol).

What I like about the camera:

Feels good in the hand, solid and robust, almost like you could just toss in the back of the car on your way to take photos
Interval Movies (this is just awesome!)
The viewfinder is great, I almost use it exclusively
Focus peaking is great for those manual focus times
I find the flash good for spontaneous candid shots and for fill
Auto focus is fast enough for me (on the kit and the 35mm as well as the 90mm with the limiter) (kids are still a hit and miss to catch but it does OK)
Great picture quality
Movie quality is great, yes the sound sucks, but it is OK for the average Joe, i.e. movies of the kids, etc.... IMO you should not buy a DSLR for film making and if you do, you should use an external mic anyway...
display is great and well presented, menus as well, most important stuff is easy to find



What I don't like about the camera:

It almost always overexposes by one stop in Auto mode (100% of the time in bright light, regardless of metering choice maybe my camera's metering is off?)
display, i.e. liveview in very bright situations difficult, especially the focus peaking (I mean really bright, as in the sun is directly shining on the lcd panel)
Nothing else to say, it is simply a freaking great camera for the price.

Some pics are here, all are JPEG straight from the cam and all from the k30. The one with the old house against the sky, I metered on the sky, and used fill flash to get the detail on that stone pillar.

Flickr: TJWest's Photostream

Sorry will add more later, but gotta run!

TJWest

08-04-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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man those pictures are very nice
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Thanks Azma!
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great camera and pictures, very idyllic neighbourhood.
I took just over 300 photos with mine K-30 , excellent performer, some photos:
Pentax K-30 - a set on Flickr

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HI Itrax, I have been following your stream, very nice, had seen up to the beach photos, that Sigma seems sweet!
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thank you TJWest, I added some more photos taken tonight with another favourite Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 MACRO, at the end of the set:
Pentax K-30 - a set on Flickr
I admire K-30 more and more.....
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I have done a focus test on the 35mm 2.4 and it was front focusing by 3 Centimeters /1.20 inches! I have adjusted it down to a half centimeter of FF and now I don't have time to keep testing, but I will be testing all my lenses for this, I knew something was off on that 35mm 2.4...

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Hi,

updated with lots more photos on flickr...enjoy

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QuoteOriginally posted by TJWest Quote
I have done a focus test on the 35mm 2.4 and it was front focusing by 3 Centimeters /1.20 inches! I have adjusted it down to a half centimeter of FF and now I don't have time to keep testing, but I will be testing all my lenses for this, I knew something was off on that 35mm 2.4...

My copy of the 35 F2.4 backfocuses by about 130 micrometers (1.3cm). I chalked it up to a drop that it took before.
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Your Flickr set is very nice TJ! Good to see you enjoying the K-30 and 35/2.4. I think it's a fantastic lens!
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Hi,

-7 on the AF adjustment and it is looking sharp!!

goes for all the lenses...camera obviously has FF issues, but is solveable for now, will have it looked at when they service it though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
Your Flickr set is very nice TJ! Good to see you enjoying the K-30 and 35/2.4. I think it's a fantastic lens!
Thanks Loco ! Your comments have been encouraging!
Cheers,
TJW
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very enjoyable images from lovely Freiburg, never had a chance to visit it, although I did spend some time in Munich, Frankfurt,Hanover ,Cologne, Göttingen and Wilhelmshaven. Some of your images remind me charming Göttingen, maybe one day will have a chance to visit South-West part of Germany.
I can see nice macro's taken with Tamron 90/2.8, I have the older 90/2.5 ( 52B) , with 2x teleconverter (01F) can get 1:1 magnification, very well performing lens indeed.
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Thanks Itrax, the Tamron is my favorite lens so far for the K30, though I do not have any limiteds yet
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