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06-18-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Newbie's K-30 questions...


I'm about to get off the pixel-peeper fence and get a K-30. I've been reading the manual and have a very only a few questions to ask...

Face detection: It's listed in the live-view mode... but I presume there's no problem using the VF with face detection enabled in live mode, and the VF is still fully active... right?

Bulb: Any limit on bulb shutter duration?

Interval capture: Has any one used the interval capture mode for astrophotography, mounted to a telescope or not? How did it go?

Lenses: For family snaps, landscape, hiking, and sports, I'm looking at used DA 16-45 f4 and DA 55-300 f4-5.6 to pair with the K-30, that should cover it.. but I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks for helping!


06-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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In live view, the optical viewfinder goes dark because the mirror is in the up position. Face detection is only available in live view.

Bulb: the limit is your battery life

Interval shooting: yes, do a forum search for astrophotography.

Your lens picks sounds good, though I would suggest looking at the new Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 instead of the Pentax as it's faster, quieter, and more versatile:
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Lens for Pentax 884109 B&H (it's already available)

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Somebody's gotta say it...look for an old 50mm manual to add to your lens setup. You'll be glad you did.
06-21-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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I use the DA18-135, & the DA* 16-50 F2.8 as my standard kit lenses depending on my usage. The DA18-135 is more for family holidays.


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