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01-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Pentax K-30 settings

I just received my K-30. SRS rocks.

I have both a 18-55mm and a 18-135mm lens, and trying to determine if the latter is worth it.

From what I read on this forum it is a great lens but since I don't use a dSLR that much I am not sure about keeping it yet.

I am impressed with the camera. Definitely better than a 300 Canon. I don't mind the lack of top LCD.

Anyway, back to business. I am thinking of using the following settings, what do you say?


Raw/Fx - optical preview
AF/AE-L - auto exposure lock
NR - off (or auto)
ISO AUTO - 100-800
File format - Raw
Sound effects - off
Electronic level - on
Live view AF autozoom - on
Live view Focus peaking - off
Instant review - off
Auto power off - 5 min
Dust removal - shutdown action

What is the best setting for noise reduction? Is "auto" better? I'd rather not do in-camera NR, but I don't want heavy post-processing either.

Thanks for your advice.

01-04-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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I would turn off NR if you are processing in RAW.

I really think you can go higher with the Auto ISO unless you just hate any sort of noise at all. I have mine set at 100-4000.
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I would turn off NR if you are processing in RAW.

I really think you can go higher with the Auto ISO unless you just hate any sort of noise at all. I have mine set at 100-4000.
Great, I will be testing higher ISO settings. Thanks for the advice on NR.
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What do you use for processing RAW and what are its noise removal capabilities? The other Pentax software allows you to apply noise reduction to a RAW file, using the same settings as you'd get in camera. I don't know what the software that comes with the K-30 allows. I would try taking some high-ISO shots, say from 800 to the maximum, as a test. Then see how your software of choice does at noise removal. You will then know where noise starts and where to limit Auto ISO. For a long time I was just afraid of anything above 800, but after learning to process high ISO shots, it's not so bad, and that's on the K-7. Your camera should be better.

It would probably take me a month to get used to having instant review off. I at least like to look at the histogram to make sure it's pretty close to the right exposure.

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You might also set "using aperture ring" to permitted and then explore the many manual lenses in K mount.
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You might also set "using aperture ring" to permitted and then explore the many manual lenses in K mount.
I didn't see this setting yet.

I attached a M42 135mm (200mm) prime, and found I don't get anti shake -- is that normal?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jido Quote
I didn't see this setting yet.

I attached a M42 135mm (200mm) prime, and found I don't get anti shake -- is that normal?
You must be talking about the 1.5 crop factor. Forget about that nonsense, a 135mm lens is still 135mm no matter what body it stays on, it's just that it's a little cropped.
When powering up the camera, you should be asked to input the focal length (135mm). The SR may be deactivated because the camera is in timer or remote control mode.
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You must be talking about the 1.5 crop factor. Forget about that nonsense, a 135mm lens is still 135mm no matter what body it stays on, it's just that it's a little cropped.
When powering up the camera, you should be asked to input the focal length (135mm). The SR may be deactivated because the camera is in timer or remote control mode.
Well the field of view is that of a 200mm lens on a FF camera. But you're right, it is still a 135mm lens.

I don't get asked for the focal length when I turn the camera on and there is no aperture ring enabled option anywhere. Anti shake is grayed out in the settings, it is not just a question of delay timer.

Other suggestions?

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They are related. You first have to set the aperture ring option. I don't have the K-30, but it should be somewhere in the Custom settings, just look for it.
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They are related. You first have to set the aperture ring option. I don't have the K-30, but it should be somewhere in the Custom settings, just look for it.
I finally found the "C" menu where you can enable aperture ring! Everything is working now :-)

Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jido Quote
I just received my K-30. SRS rocks.

I have both a 18-55mm and a 18-135mm lens, and trying to determine if the latter is worth it. I was skeptical on the 18-135 but it was a good deal with the K-30. I love the lens, something in the manufacturing process must have changed since those early bad reviews from a couple years ago.

Live view Focus peaking - off

Thanks for your advice.
If you need the money sell the 18-135, if you need a great lens sell the 18-55.

Live view focus peaking is one of the best features on the camera. I use live view when using a tripod and it allows you to be very accurate, shows you your DOF, and makes it easy for focusing manual focus lenses (which has been hard for me in the past).
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If you need the money sell the 18-135, if you need a great lens sell the 18-55.

Live view focus peaking is one of the best features on the camera. I use live view when using a tripod and it allows you to be very accurate, shows you your DOF, and makes it easy for focusing manual focus lenses (which has been hard for me in the past).
I guess I don't know how to use focus peaking. I saw that I needed to put my eye on the viewfinder, which I don't want when I am using Live View.

I do have trouble with focusing using manual lenses, how does live view focus peaking help with it? Is it different from turning Live View off?
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K-30 RAW +/- icon on LCD

How do I turn my RAW off on my Pentax K-30? The RAW +/- icon keeps reappearing on the lower
left of my LCD after every shot. I have read the Manual - but obviously missed the solution.
ANY HELP?

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Tzaco,

Even if you only shot JPEG the camera allows you to save the latest shot also in RAW by using the +/- button.
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Tzaco,

Even if you only shot JPEG the camera allows you to save the latest shot also in RAW by using the +/- button.
Thanks very much and also for taking the time to answer.
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