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05-31-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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Anyone else miss it....?

The top LCD?

I recently bought the K-50 as prices were right and I wanted the K-01 IQ in an SLR body as the K-01 is rubbish out in the Australian sun..
Coming from a K-7 I knew that I might miss the top LCD, but man - I actually miss it a lot!
I'm almost to the point of considering selling off the K-50 (at a loss) and buying a K-5II.
Am I mad, or have others had a similar experience?

05-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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Some people like it a great deal.

I'm not one of them. I almost never use it, I'd shade the eyepiece / etc. instead of looking at the top LCD.

I think you're perfectly sane though... although it's not in my workflow, it could be easily valuable in yours. One particular use case, to me, would be a not-quite-eye-level tripod setup that you know has been focused correctly.
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I suppose it's what you get used to but I've never had a camera with a top LCD so I don't miss it on my K-30 and I still seem able to shoot OK.

But then again my first film SLR didn't even have a hot shoe and it's most advanced electronic feature was a moving needle light meter!
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Never even look at the one on my K3.

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I think I'd miss focus peaking more. I shoot a lot of MF glass, though.
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I was afraid that I would miss it coming from an istDL to the k-30. I don't . I have found that I don't look at it on my DL any longer other than to check battery level. But that is me .
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Its nice to have, but I'd much rather not have a top lcd than be stuck without 2 control wheels

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Wow! I must be a bit weird then.. I've come to realise that I use the top LCD for 90% of my shot settings, only using the OVF settings for confirmation or tweaking if needed.
Was thinking I might get over it after using my mirrorless cams for a while now, but nope - when it comes to a DSLR I feel lost without the top LCD.
I'm no fan of focus peaking actually, I don't find it that accurate, besides FP means using the rear LCD which is useless in bright sun and the whole point of the K-50 purchase in the first place.. So yeh, I'm definitely odd

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Its nice to have, but I'd much rather not have a top lcd than be stuck without 2 control wheels
What do you mean!?

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I use the top LCD all the time for settings - viewfinder pretty much only for composition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I use the top LCD all the time for settings - viewfinder pretty much only for composition.
Exactly !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
What do you mean!?
Previous entry-level Pentax cameras, as well as Canon and Nikon entry-level cameras, only have 1 control wheel. So it's already nice that Pentax is putting all these advanced features into theirs.

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Right - but I'm talking about Pentax now rather than yesteryear (or Canikons)
Besides, I bought the K-50 with the full knowledge of it's attributes, controls and layout. I just thought I'd get over it, but it seems I ain't..
I'm curious now though, why those who buy the flagship model don't actually use the top LCD? I mean, it's insanely useful!?
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Lack of a top LCD on lower-tier Pentax cameras is 50% of the reason why I haven't yet upgraded from my K200D yet. The other 50% is the lack of a grip.

Most people say that they quickly get used to not having one though.
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Battery grip isn't a biggie for me personally, I'd rather have a spare battery in my pocket than the bulk of a grip screwed to the base of my camera.
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I have a K-5 and a k-01. I use the top LCD alot when shooting with the K-5. I obviously don't use it on K-01. But I carry the K-01 more due to its size (can easily keep it in my briefcase or pocket. With it I get used to evf on the back and reading settings there. As a result, I am frequently looking there when I go on a shoot with the K-5. However, too save battery power, I keep it off on the k-5 So it takes a few shoots to get comfortable with the top LCD again. Then when I do my film camera, I have neither.

My point to all that is that if you keep with it, i think you will get comfortable without the top LCD. That is if you otherwise like the camera.
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