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10-29-2010, 11:44 AM   #1
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What exactly is Hyperprogram?

I've heard a number of mentions of this feature. What exactly is Hyperprogram?

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10-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #2
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Hyperprogram (P) on the camera mode dial could be considered like riding a bike with training wheels. You have help from the camera but still have limited control of where you want to go.
It is a natural step from the shallow end of the Green Mode pool. Like Green Mode, the camera sets shutter speed and aperture according to your preset guideline of the Program Line. But then it allows you to make changes while it balances your decisions. It will change the shutter speeds to match what you have changed in the aperture and conversely change aperture to match what you have change in shutter.
It is useful in helping to understand a bit of cause and effects of photography.
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This appears to be a feature found only in the high-end models (K10D, K20D, K-7, K-5). Is this correct?

My lack of knowledge of this feature may well be because I have not thoroughly studied the high-end models - I have mostly looked at the K-x and K-r.

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10-29-2010, 01:51 PM   #4
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Hyper-Program enables you to switch from P to Tv mode with one click of the shutter dial, then straight to Av mode with one click of the aperture dial, and then back again to P mode with one press of the green button. Very flexible.

Its not new, I have it on my Z1 which I bought in 1993 !

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QuoteOriginally posted by DragonLord Quote
This appears to be a feature found only in the high-end models (K10D, K20D, K-7, K-5). Is this correct?

My lack of knowledge of this feature may well be because I have not thoroughly studied the high-end models - I have mostly looked at the K-x and K-r.

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Yes, that's true. And another way to look at hyperprogram is that it's Tv and Av blended into one, so you can switch between the two without having to change modes. Personally I never use it (prefer Av) but there are people who swears by this mode. Might be because my other body is the K-x, so i find it confusing to switch back and forth.
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Harumpf! needless complication as far as I'm concerned. But I'm sure some of you use it to good advantage.
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And you can set the program line to bias the setting toward higher shutter speed, more depth of focus, or the lens MTF. In the K-5 there are 2 DOF settings.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DragonLord Quote
This appears to be a feature found only in the high-end models (K10D, K20D, K-7, K-5). Is this correct?

My lack of knowledge of this feature may well be because I have not thoroughly studied the high-end models - I have mostly looked at the K-x and K-r.

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No. The Kx has a Hyper Program mode and surely the Kr as well. Check the camera reviews section.
I still maintain it is a useful bridge between "I want the best camera with the most mps" and veteran " Pentax user". A springboard to understanding exposure.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nowhere Matt Quote
I still maintain it is a useful bridge between "I want the best camera with the most mps" and veteran " Pentax user". A springboard to understanding exposure.
Perhaps but I decided I needed to learn exposure before I tried to use it and by the time I did get the hang of exposure, I'd found other (simpler, I think) ways of operating. That's me and my learning style, though: for me, gizmos like that are an obstacle to understanding fundamentals.
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Quick question:

QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
..I'd found other (simpler, I think) ways of operating...
May I ask if you will share more detail about your "simpler ways"?

Cheers...
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May I ask if you will share more detail about your "simpler ways"?

Cheers...
Most likely referring to full manual.
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Most likely referring to full manual.
M mostly as required by K lenses. Otherwise, I'll shoot in Av or TAv with appropriate (or not ;~) ISO settings.
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