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05-04-2011, 09:33 AM   #1
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Viewfinder framing question?

Hi all,

This may seem like a stupid question to many people here, but I seem to be missing the top portion of most of my images I take with my K-X, I don't use the rear screen, as I am so used to using the viewfinder on my ME Super.

I first noticed the problem, (If you can call it that) when I had taken a photo of an old cottage, and I am positive I got in the top of the chimney as it was quite ornate, but after viewing the image on my PC I now see that some of the photo has been cropped, is this normal for a digital SLR?,

Are there any particular framing parameters that I need to be aware of when using the K-X?

Lens used was the Dal 18 - 55 at its widest.

Would appreciate any pointer please...

Thank,

sadsack

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Are you absolutely 100% sure that you got the top? Have you tried at home with anything?

I am asking this as I depend heavily on the vf cropping (i never use liveview) because of the shots I take, and I have never missed one that I thought I had.
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I think the k-x has only 96% frame coverage on the viewfinder. If you see it in the viewfinder it should be there, even if you don't see it in the viewfinder, it could be there (the extra 4%). Do you normally focus-and-recompose as most others do? Could it be that you miss the top portion of the frame when you recompose?
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QuoteOriginally posted by sadsack Quote
Hi all,

This may seem like a stupid question to many people here, but I seem to be missing the top portion of most of my images I take with my K-X, I don't use the rear screen, as I am so used to using the viewfinder on my ME Super.

I first noticed the problem, (If you can call it that) when I had taken a photo of an old cottage, and I am positive I got in the top of the chimney as it was quite ornate, but after viewing the image on my PC I now see that some of the photo has been cropped, is this normal for a digital SLR?,

Are there any particular framing parameters that I need to be aware of when using the K-X?

Lens used was the Dal 18 - 55 at its widest.

Would appreciate any pointer please...

Thank,

sadsack
Hi sadscak! If anything, you will end up with more image than you see through the viewfinder, since it only shows 96% of what your viewing...

The only thing I can think of is the angle of view looking through the viewfinder. Just make sure your looking through center of viewfinder and focusing screen when composing shot. Any change will be exaggerated since the viewfinder is so small, unlike your ME.

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Hi all.

and thank you all for the replies,

I only started with digital a couple of years ago with a samsung compact, before going for the K-X, and I am finding it a very difficult change compared to my ME Super, (God, I love that camera) (with Kodachrome 25 & 64), ooops sorry chaps, getting a bit carried away there, lol.

Well, yes I do as aleonx3 says, "focus & re-compose" and I am sure I got it all in, but I am going to try some tests on tripod as joe.penn said, and see exactly what I get.

Stupidly I thought, whilst reading on another forum that the 96% was what you got,.... and that you lost 4%.

I shall report back with my findings in a few days chaps.

Thanks again,

sadsack

p.s. was there ever a k-x forum or was it taken over when the k-r came along?
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Yup! You should get more than what you are actually viewing.
From my experience, you get more additional image on the frame to the below and left of the viewfinder frame.
Since I know this, I usually frame my subject so that I compose more to the upper right since I know I will get the lower left anyways..in that way, I at times perfectly compose and center my shot as to where I want it.
It wasn't like the Nikon F3 SLR which had a 100% view that what you see is what you get.
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K-7 and k-5 also have 100% viewfinder so what you see is what you get.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sadsack Quote
p.s. was there ever a k-x forum or was it taken over when the k-r came along?
I believe that the K-5 and K-r were the first Pentax dslrs to get their own forums here.

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This is just wild speculation, but check the properties of your original image. Straight from the camera, the pixel dimensions should be 4288x2848. If not, some kind of cropping operation has happened, maybe by mistake.

I tended to get as close as possible to the frame edge with my *ist DS, because with only 6Mp, I didn't want to lose any pixels. But with a higher pixel count and the 100% viewfinder in a K-7, this is sometimes a bad habit. I have plenty of pixels but no margin for slight crop adjustments or the more common larger frame sizes.
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