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02-04-2007, 12:15 AM   #1
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K10D V1.1 Review

I must say that after living with V1.1 for a few weeks now I must say A+ Pentax. Now to make things cleare, I shoot all RAW+ now (ok, I still occasionally shoot jpg only, but rarely)
Now that being said:
1. Best feature is the ISO w/ the OK button. It provides me a much faster and easer way to change ISA, esp when I am looking through the viewfinder..
2. Wireless flash w/ onboard flash. This was a toss up with the #1 spot, but I must say that ease of use on-body comes first, than "accessories" I now use wireless flash allot. It is much better than on the *ist-D body with the exception of W-HSS The top of this list is controlling EV from the body. It works, plain and simple. I have yet to really run into a glitch or exposure problem with the exception of distance in bright sun (it does not trigger the remote[s] all the time or at all in bright conditions at a distance more than my arms reach)
3. Undocumented by Pentax, but I have noticed an improvement in flash exposure when I have the 540 flash on the camera, esp w/ a omni-bounce on. It is more consistent generally.
4. AF button; when in user select AF point mode, this is a nice feature to put the AF point back to center in a flash. or to "find" it again. One thing I miss from the *ist-D was in-viewfinder AF-point selection marker. I find this helpful to make sure that I haven't bumped to another point when I am shooting with an off-center point.
Other features are not of much use to me, though I can see how they can be helpful. So that is my Review of Firmware V1.10


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02-04-2007, 12:21 AM   #2
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Hi Brendan.

There is definitely improvement in exposure when A* lens is used. This filmware does reduce the problem of overexposing the photos in bright day light. But I tend to get more blank black photos when there was no exposure at all even the shutter was clicked? (Just happening to me or...?)

I am shooting RAW all the way now. Love that pentax releases the new filmware so quickly!

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I do not know about A* lens performance. Sorry. I only have FA, DA and old M lenses
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I have only normal A lenses and didnt have any problems with them neither with original firmware nor the new one.

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I agree using the OK button to adjust ISO is a very useful improvement. AUTO ISO worked well but now I have convenient manual control

Maybe it's just my setup (Sigma 18-125 with K10d) but has anyone noticed a degradation in low light focusing performance? Before the upgrade autofocus sometimes took several seconds to acquire a lock but it almost alway found it. Now I find it sometimes stalls after about a second of hunting. It also seems to now rely more on the strobe flash for assistance much more readily than before but still fails to lock more than before the upgrade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DougN Quote

Maybe it's just my setup (Sigma 18-125 with K10d) but has anyone noticed a degradation in low light focusing performance? Before the upgrade autofocus sometimes took several seconds to acquire a lock but it almost alway found it. Now I find it sometimes stalls after about a second of hunting. It also seems to now rely more on the strobe flash for assistance much more readily than before but still fails to lock more than before the upgrade.

Funny you should mention that. I havent taken off my Sigma 28 f/1.8 since i got it back, and i did notice that it hunts in low light. I haven't used the sigma (AF) prior to my sending it out to sigma to get it fixed, so i thought it was just the nature of the lens. later on tonight, i'll test out the kit, another sigma and the 28mm and see how that goes.

as for the firmware update, the ISO controls are great. most used thus far. picking up the 540 in a week, so i guess the wireless function will come in handy now too
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I thought I'd mention this because I dont see it noted anywhere:

If you adjust the ISO using the OK button + Wheel, you can go back to AUTO ISO by hitting OK + Green buttons. "Auto" will show up in the ISO indicator through the viewfinder.

This is nice, because it's just like resetting aperture and shutter speeds using the Green button, and you can reach OK + Green + Wheel simultaneously with thumb + 2 fingers.
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Thank you for this information. Now my setup in AV is Rear e-dial Aperture Front e-dial EV Compensation and I use the ok button front e-dial green button thing for ISO.
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