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10-21-2015, 07:34 AM - 2 Likes   #256
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So I give my kids my K20D to shoot pics of my grandkids and what do they send me? Pics taken with their iPhone! Grrr.

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Thanks for starting this. I recently bought a used K-20D and still in the learning curve. I am also new to DSLR photography so this is my maiden voyage. I shot a lot of 35mm film back in the day. I enjoy landscape, macro and almost anything outdoors. I only like to shoot people if they are doing something. I also used to do a lot of cave photography, but time and opportunity are not in place for that right now. I am on a low budget so have been seeking out cheap lenses for now.

Every time I shoot I seem to be tinkering with settings and still doing some trial and error. Here are some operating "characteristics" I have adopted so far. I suspect there are a combination of personal preference and aspects of the camera (and probably lenses also).

I almost always underexpose (sometimes 1 stop or more). I prefer the color response this way.
I heavily use auto-bracketing and exposure compensation.
I have settled on AV mode instead of P. I seem to recall this was my method when I shot film also.
All manual focus (but I don't own any auto focus lenses yet, so only time will tell).

I am only shooting jpeg for now, I have not jumped into raw yet. But I am interested in tinkering with raw, high dynamic range, stitching for high res photos, just need to find time and software.

I am on the wrong computer to share photos, but will share some of my humble attempts when I get a chance.
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Welcome to the forum and the club! As for underexposing you'll find you are going to get a lot of digital noise in the shadows. It's better to properly expose your images and, if necessary, adjust the images in post processing. I shoot with my non AF lenses quite a bit and I prefer the M mode because I often get too slow a shutter speed in Av. Looking forward to seeing some of your images.
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I believe all of these were taken with a Vivitar 28mm MF lens.


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A shot of my grandson taken by my son-in-law with MY K20D and DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited. He's graduated from an iPhone to DSLR.

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Another shot from my son-in-law with my K20D at ISO 1600.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
Another shot from my son-in-law with my K20D at ISO 1600.
Why, that cleaned up nicely, didn't it?

I don't think I ever shot my K20D at 1600. Your son in law's pic says I should try it sometime
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Yeah, the K20D can do alright at higher ISOs as long as the image is not underexposed. I pushed this one a half stop. He shot this at 1/15 @ f/2.8. Can't get any slower than that.

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Yeah, the K20D can do alright at higher ISOs as long as the image is not underexposed. I pushed this one a half stop. He shot this at 1/15 @ f/2.8. Can't get any slower than that.
I find 1/15s or even 1/10s perfectly useable with my K20D and DA 35 2.4, as long as the subject isn't moving (like that kid in bed).

Sometimes I am able to do that with my 50mm lenses as well, but it's definitely easier with the 35.

I very, very rarely put pics of my kids online but this is my younger son. I should have used the DA 35 for this, though I wouldn't have had f1.7 available... there's a little bit of motion blur if you pixel peep, but I'm happy with it for what it is...

M50 1.7 @1.7, K20D, 1/10s, ISO640 (usually my limit)
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Oh yeah, nice shot!
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So I just discovered this thread! I am a long time K20D (and K10D before that) user. I am just now preparing to purchase a K3ii, feeling no need to upgrade until reading about the latest performance and features. The K20D has an image quality that reminds me a lot of Ektachrome 200 transparency film which I shot almost exclusively back in the day (on my trusty K2, K2dmd and MX cameras). It will be interesting to compare with the K3ii. Here are some images I made this morning on my (frosty) walk (with the exception of the macro shot, taken with a takumar f4 m42 macro). I shoot RAW only with this camera, so these are all developed with Adobe Camera Raw.
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Been using one for 5 years now. Ordered a K-3II from B&H but just sent it back. While it was nice it did not wholly impress me for the extra money. I look at cameras like I do golf clubs...most people ( especially myself) never truly become good enough to surpass the ability of their equipment. Of course I say that and yes I love to buy new tech stuff...and will probably get the FF when they release it but.... I have yet to attain, in 25 years, skills that surpass my cameras ability. Same went for my $1000.00 golf clubs...I could have spent half and still shanked the same amount of balls.
I mainly use old glass....mostly Tamron Adaptall Sp stuff....kind of fun IMHO...reminds me of when I first got into photography back in 82. I used to look at the Adaptall lens and wish I had the money...I was Air Force then and a few hundred was half a months pay. Now I can buy any lens I want and most for cheap cash. Makes it fun...
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As a K20 owner, I have to admit that I never used it to its full potential. I've just bough a K3-II cw 18-135 lens, and I'll probably never use all its functions either, but its quicker frames per second and low light ability means that the K20 is now redundant!
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1 K-3 and 1 K20D image... guess which is the K20D...
A-400, AV mode, IOS 400 and ƒ8






It was extremely difficult to get this K20D image. I was using a manual focus lens. The K20D wouldn't let me take a picture without the centre being in focus (so no stopping down and using a hyperlocal point). Is there away around this? On the K-3 I just set it to Shutter priority instead of Focus priority. And I never did get a decent burst... have I forgotten something or was it always like this?

I never know when the darn shutter is going to go. I don't think I used this camera much with MF lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
1 K-3 and 1 K20D image... guess which is the K20D...
A-400, AV mode, IOS 400 and 8






It was extremely difficult to get this K20D image. I was using a manual focus lens. The K20D wouldn't let me take a picture without the centre being in focus (so no stopping down and using a hyperlocal point). Is there away around this? On the K-3 I just set it to Shutter priority instead of Focus priority. And I never did get a decent burst... have I forgotten something or was it always like this?

I never know when the darn shutter is going to go. I don't think I used this camera much with MF lenses.
It's the 2nd one of course!

You must be using center point focus only?

There is a setting that will only let you take pictures if the image is in focus... but I forgot where it is. I'll check later, or tomorrow

In the meantime, this is the M 50 1.7 at f5.6 (I think) on the K20D. Not a great composition but that lens gives great colors...

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