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06-27-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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K20D - Live View:

Having just acquired a K20D to pair with my K10D (because of a very good price) I have become aware of the limitations of that generation of "Live View". I must also say that, despite the Live View comment, the K20D is more of an upgrade than I expected and I am very pleased with it.

Just a question for owners of the K20D - do you use this Live View capability and if so what do you use it for?

I was thinking that it may be usefull for Macro?

06-27-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevewig Quote
Having just acquired a K20D to pair with my K10D (because of a very good price) I have become aware of the limitations of that generation of "Live View". I must also say that, despite the Live View comment, the K20D is more of an upgrade than I expected and I am very pleased with it.

Just a question for owners of the K20D - do you use this Live View capability and if so what do you use it for?

I was thinking that it may be useful for Macro?
When I use Live View on my k20D it is for composition purposes when I'm shooting in a position that I have difficulty seeing the viewfinder.

I don't know about how good it is for macro work because when you zoom in the image is very grainy.

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I only use it when it's hard to get to the vf- and sometimes that's indeed macro
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I only use it for composition with the camera high in the air, usually above a crowd. I hold the camera as high as possible with the right hand and I "steer" it pulling the strap with my left hand.

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i know what you mean, the limited zoom resolution really hinders it for macro work.
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To be honest, I haven't used it much, except to turn it on when someone else wants to take a picture with my camera who's never used a DSLR.
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Hardly ever use it, 99% of the time I forget it's even equipped. I find that my Pentax Right Angle finder works better for most macro work.
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I always found live view on the K20d to be absolutely useless. In fact, unless someone mentions it, I still forget it was ever there. With respect to the rest of the camera however, I too found it to be a nice upgrade to the K10d (in spite of what all the (then) naysayers had to say about it).



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I use it for compositional assistance when its very dim/dark.... I have quick-zoom enabled, and if I step it down to 2.8 (or fastest that the lens can do), I can get much better MF than using the optical...

But in broad daylight, I don't use it...
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I absolutely love the K20, but I never use the live view. I will have to try the quick-zoom method mentioned above, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by adr1an Quote
I use it for compositional assistance when its very dim/dark.... I have quick-zoom enabled, and if I step it down to 2.8 (or fastest that the lens can do), I can get much better MF than using the optical...

But in broad daylight, I don't use it...
This sounds like a very positive suggestion (use) - I will try it!
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Just remember that Live View includes the DoF preview and thus will step the lens to the aperture you've set, hence the need to step it down to compose/focus and then re-adjust if you didn't want it wide-open ... If you leave it at F/9 or F/11 then Live View will just be a black screen

(And whenever I do this - I am reminded of why it would be cool if you could still get 'pre-set' lenses readily.... )
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I use the live view on my K20d all the time with fast manual focus lenses. I get better results (what I want is sharp) a much higher percentage of the time than using the VF.
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I use the live-view sometimes when I'm having trouble focusing my wide M42 lenses.
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The K20d is a very good body and my work horse for digital. However, the live view is arguable its weakest feature and I think Pentax's first dSLR with that feature.
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