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12-27-2009, 02:01 PM   #1
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Self-timer not available in HDR capture mode of K-x?

Hi there,

I realized that when HDR capture mode is enabled on K-x, Self-Timer is not available as a drive mode option. I found this strange and wonder why.

I can still go back to exposure bracketing and use self timer and combine images with a third party software but why cant I use the built-in HDR capture feature with self-timer? Sounds like a firmware bug to me.


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Not available in K-7 either. It's strange indeed.
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Would you really want your three images for the HDR to be taken 12 seconds apart? or 2 or 3?
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2 second self-timer with mirror lock-up would be useful before the first shot, and not between the shots and that's what the OP meant I think. At the moment the only way to reduce camera shake in HDR mode is to use a remote control with MLU.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pasipasi Quote
2 second self-timer with mirror lock-up would be useful before the first shot, and not between the shots and that's what the OP meant I think. At the moment the only way to reduce camera shake in HDR mode is to use a remote control with MLU.
Yes that is what I meant; self-timer before the first shot, not between the shots.

As it is now, the value and flexibility of the HDR capture feature is greatly reduced IMO.

Is there a way to channel this feedback to Pentax people such that they can fix it in the next firmware release, or we just hope they monitor this forum and do the needful?

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With the K20D, the self-timer applies before and between shots in backeting mode which is useful to keep things perfectly aligned for manually merging HDR.

With the K-7 and K-x I was disappointed it did not apply that way.

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QuoteOriginally posted by etoprakb Quote

As it is now, the value and flexibility of the HDR capture feature is greatly reduced IMO.
I agree. I was on a walk in a very low light environment and wanted to try out HDR... I had my beanbag with me and set my camera down on it to try HDR... Well, I found out that I could not set the timer... why?

I would have had to press down the shutte the whole time and because I was in low light, the shutter speeds would have been slow/long... The only way I could have done it would have been to use the wireless remote... which was in my car.

I can think of no technical reason why the timer can't trigger the HDR sequence. It just doesn't make sense. I guess now I'll make a habit of keeping that tiny remote with me... at least it's small.

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This is my Biggest complaint with the Pentax KX (k-x).
It is almost approaching a year and the firmware has not been update to fix this.

The lack of firmware updates has not gone unnoticed and when it comes time to upgrade ones camera there will be a reason to look at the opposition.

For crying out loud Pentax please update the firmware and for starters fix the self-timer options as well as the shake reduction timing issues.
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Why wait on a firmware update (not that it will be guaranteed to be included) and just spend 12-15 dollars on a Pentax wireless remote? Problem solved.

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