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11-10-2012, 05:00 PM - 1 Like   #1
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K100D Forever

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that Erik van Hannen used a K100D to shoot Utrecht's Museum of Money.

Great camera (that I'm still using as well).

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Impressive. Odd that the camera pictured in the article is a K30 ("equivalent camera" in their words). But the K100D still a very capable camera - I was out all day with mine, shooting Fall color shots around the area. Just a great camera to use, and very good IQ!
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That is a wonderful article about capturing the image. I too still have my K100. Even at 6MP, the CCD sensor gives it a richness of tone and color. The fisheye also adds to the warmth. I especially like the part about adjusting the doors for the lighting.

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I gave my wife my K100D Super a couple of years ago. I use a K20D and K-x. I offered her the K-x, thinking I would upgrade soon. She wasn't sure which to choose. Faster operation and higher resolution are not important to her, she is only interested in jpeg IQ. We both agreed that the K100DS images look better in natural light, the K-x looks better in artificial light. She primarily shoots nature photos. As I expected, she is happier with the older body.

The warmth shown in the photo is the K100D's strength, but a bit overdone in tungsten light, even with Tungsten WB. I'm surprised the author said this"To get as much of the room as you can in sharp focus, set the smallest aperture possible." ISO 22-32 is not needed for the library photo and would lose sharpness due to diffraction.

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The deafening shutter/mirror draws attention in quiet places :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
The deafening shutter/mirror draws attention in quiet places :-)
Say what?

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I brought my K100 to my niece's choir program - the auditorium was full of iPhone-toting parents. I made my presence known with a resounding "CLACK" that had everyone's head turning
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The K100D is loud, the K-x is louder. I measured both with an SPL meter.

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The K100D is loud, the K-x is louder. I measured both with an SPL meter.
How many db did you measure for the K100D? and with what separation, lens and direction from camera ie. front, back or side.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
How many db did you measure for the K100D? and with what separation, lens and direction from camera ie. front, back or side.
I sat the meter and cameras on a table with the meter spaced equally between them, about a foot away (30 cm). No lenses, body caps only. I believe the meter was in front of the cameras. The SPLs were 76 and 78dB. Having used both for a couple of years, this matched my expectations. The K-x clack is louder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that Erik van Hannen used a K100D to shoot Utrecht's Museum of Money.

Great camera (that I'm still using as well).
Great Little camera indeed

I still use mine for M42 lenses with a split focus screen.
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I only saw the image quality I desired from my K100D if I used RAW and Silkypix. Then it gave the best colours I've seen - really. Better than a friend's 5D who has shot alongside me a few times using RAW and JPG. I hated the K100D jpgs, far too warm with slushy reds too often. If it weren't so slow I may not have bothered upgrading to a K-30 as it was perfect for me for handling and ergonomics.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I sat the meter and cameras on a table with the meter spaced equally between them, about a foot away (30 cm). No lenses, body caps only. I believe the meter was in front of the cameras. The SPLs were 76 and 78dB. Having used both for a couple of years, this matched my expectations. The K-x clack is louder.
Loud little bugger. I measured 64 dbA with kit lens at 1 meter from front. 61 with 16-50 and 63 with 55-300. 82 dbA with no lens, just an open body. Makes one appreciate the K-7 and later bodies and shutters.
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p.s. This on K100D.
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Not surprising. It's a great camera. Just because a camera design is a few years old doesn't mean it's suddenly garbage. I still get great IQ out of my "daily driver" *ist DS.
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The k100d is as capable (and as loud) today as it was 6 years ago. It still turns up on ebay for pretty cheap and I'd be tempted to just get another if mine decides to finally pack it in, which I hope is still a long way off.
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