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04-03-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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Coming from Nikon world

Have used both Canon and Nikons extensively. Thought of giving pentax a shot due to availability of lenses relatively cheaper and folks in my family shoot pentax. Picked up an old K20D and liking it so far. Will take time to adjust to the menu systems. Do u guys know any link in the forum that would make this transition easier...no semi auto modes on this thing which I only used for Macro work mostly on other cameras...

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One nice feature of Pentax cameras is you can switch to shutter priority or aperture priority without leaving P mode, simply by turning the e-dial corresponding to the exposure setting you'd like to change. On the mode dial, Tv otherwise corresponds to S or shutter priority or Av corresponds to A or aperture priority.

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One nice feature of Pentax cameras is you can switch to shutter priority or aperture priority without leaving P mode, simply by turning the e-dial corresponding to the exposure setting you'd like to change. On the mode dial, Tv otherwise corresponds to S or shutter priority or Av corresponds to A or aperture priority.
Thanks...still playing with it and manual is very helpful of course
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
One nice feature of Pentax cameras is you can switch to shutter priority or aperture priority without leaving P mode, simply by turning the e-dial corresponding to the exposure setting you'd like to change. On the mode dial, Tv otherwise corresponds to S or shutter priority or Av corresponds to A or aperture priority.
Thanks, Adam. I did not know that, although I did know that it works that way on my MZ-S.

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QuoteOriginally posted by desiboston Quote
Picked up an old K20D and liking it so far
It's a great camera; I still use mine quite a bit. I prefer its ergonomics to that of the K-5, and its image quality is fine. It's especially nice to use with the battery grip. Enjoy!
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Personally, I like TAv mode for most shooting. Front wheel for shutter speed, rear for aperture and keep the ISO in a range you're comfortable with. Otherwise, just start digging through the forums. Most of the K5 forum will be applicable to the K20, controls are essentially the same but you have less ISO. Also Photographic Technique is a great place.
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Coming from Nikon world
Welcome to the forum and to Pentax, I'm a Nikon defector myself many years ago.
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QuoteOriginally posted by desiboston Quote
no semi auto modes on this thing which I only used for Macro work mostly on other cameras...
What do you mean by semi auto modes? I don't think any modes are missing on the K20D.

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Hi desiboston, this guide helped me when I got my K20D last year:

Pentax K20D Guide

I came *this* close to getting a Nikon instead. No regrets my favorite thing is the compatibility with 70s and 80s lenses (K, M and A series). Great optics for little money (in the case of more common lenses, of course - rare lenses will cost you).
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Hi desiboston, this guide helped me when I got my K20D last year:

Pentax K20D Guide

I came *this* close to getting a Nikon instead. No regrets my favorite thing is the compatibility with 70s and 80s lenses (K, M and A series). Great optics for little money (in the case of more common lenses, of course - rare lenses will cost you).
Thank you so much for the support and welcome...My viewfinder is not sharp and hazy...I am ok with specks but I cannot sometimes even see the focus points. Diopter is adjusted appropriately. Is there a way to make it brighter...I wear glasses and that does not help either. I purchased a seperate cup eye piece which has not arrived yet. I am comparing it to my Nikon D90...any suggestions?

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What do you mean by semi auto modes? I don't think any modes are missing on the K20D.
I was talking about the Landscape, Portrait, Macro etc...
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The auto modes tell the camera which settings to use - or more accurately, what ranges to use. In macro, not to try to focus long, to use a specific aperture and concentrate on center metering and focus. In a bridge camera it also tells the lens how to operate. On a standard DSLR you'll have to do this on your own. Part of this is knowing how to use the lenses you have and part is how to use the camera settings.

It's more work, but you do learn a lot about the camera and will quickly learn how to use and even push the equipment you have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by desiboston Quote
I was talking about the Landscape, Portrait, Macro etc...
Oh. We call those "beginner modes".

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In macro, not to try to focus long, to use a specific aperture and concentrate on center metering and focus.
Most macro shooters use manual focus and focus by moving their bodies back and forth until focus is achieved.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
Oh. We call those "beginner modes".

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Most macro shooters use manual focus and focus by moving their bodies back and forth until focus is achieved.
I meant what a compact or bridge camera does in "macro mode."

Oh - and that method works well in studio, but not so much in the field taking images of insects constantly moving around. In the studio, a macro rail is the way to go, and autofocus is irrelevant. With bees? I need autofocus...others might have more manual focus-fu than me, though.
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The auto modes tell the camera which settings to use - or more accurately, what ranges to use. In macro, not to try to focus long, to use a specific aperture and concentrate on center metering and focus. In a bridge camera it also tells the lens how to operate. On a standard DSLR you'll have to do this on your own. Part of this is knowing how to use the lenses you have and part is how to use the camera settings.

It's more work, but you do learn a lot about the camera and will quickly learn how to use and even push the equipment you have.
This is great. I do understand the aperture shutter iso and
White balance. So when do you use the 3 different metering modes?
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