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10-01-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Low light shooting w/K100d and smc 50mm f/1.4

Hello, I am an extreme newbie. I have a K100D and am trying to shoot indoors/lowlight with a Pentax 50mm smc f/1.4 lens I recently bought. Basically, there is nothing I can do to get decent pictures in this circumstance. The photos are reddish tinted (white balance issue?) and the camera will only let me shoot with lens in auto mode (only as low as 2.8). Have not been able to even get a shot indoors manually at 1.4. Anyone have some wisdom to share? Thanks very much.

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Is it a A, F, or FA lens? Every try going into Manual shooting mode and change aperture to f/1.4? If you can't there... then maybe you need to clean the contacts.
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have you selected the option in the C menu to allow the use of the aperture ring?

You should be able to get some good shots in the situation you describe. I have a 1.7 and I can... your lens is even faster!

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The reddish tint might well be the AWB, try to set the white balance to tungsten to see if it improves

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Thanks very much for the suggestions, they all worked.
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you might also want to try setting a custom white balance too, just get a white piece of paper, and shoot that in the custom white balance mode
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SInce the biggest point made is with respect to white balance, either changing to tungston, or custom white balance, I suggest you try the following to get the best result you can.

Take a photo with the lighting you have, and without turning off the camera press the Fn Button, and select WB.

You will see the white balance controls superimposed on your image, and the image changes interactively as you adjust white balance.

This way you can adjust for the tone you want, and from then on, just keep shooting.
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Lowell, I tried this last night and could not quite figure it out. The menu did show up but only over a black screen. The closest I could come was in review mode. When I tried it then i was able to alter a photo to b&w, sepia, etc. Am I missing something?

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Don't enter playback mode if you're trying to do what Lowell is suggesting.

On the K100D, you can preselect the condition you are in, or use a take a picture of something white under the current lighting using the Manual White Balance option.
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I would suggest shooting raw (and just using AWB), and adjusting the WB on the computer. I use Photoshop PS2, and find that the WB in its raw editor works much better than the in-camera WB.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cdf Quote
Lowell, I tried this last night and could not quite figure it out. The menu did show up but only over a black screen. The closest I could come was in review mode. When I tried it then i was able to alter a photo to b&w, sepia, etc. Am I missing something?
I appologize for misreading the header I thought you had K10D.

It definitely works that way on the K10D
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