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02-27-2009, 09:46 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
K100D, it's only two millimeters larger than the DS, which is the smallest DSLR ever made, why do you think it sould be smaller?
what i mean is it'd be nice if it was smaller and lighter

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Don't we all...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille Quote
Here are some of the first landscape shots I ever took with the K100D + FA* 80-200/2.8:
Nice!

QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
Don't we all...
I wouldn't want it any smaller. It fits just nicely. I also wouldn't want it any lighter. Its weight helps me to keep it steady. Besides, with a small and light lens, the camera/lens combo isn't overly heavy, AFAIC.


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-the mirror slap
Love the sound of it.
I don't do weddings or birding or whatever would require a quieter shutter.
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-the overall slowness of the interface and to review
I don't find the interface slow. I agree with Marc though that more buttons/dials on the camera to directly access more functions would be nice. That (and more cropping potential) would be my main motivation to change. But before I spend more money on gear, I first need to develop my capabilities to justify the expense.

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-the tiny buffer
Only hit that once when I shot a bird in RAW. Any other time I was fine. But I see that this can be a problem for some.
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-auto iso fails on exposure comp
That bugged me first as well but more and more I'm selecting ISO manually instead of leaving it to the camera.
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-general underexposure
I hear this very often but really I believe this is a feature. The ratio in which I apply negative compensation vs positive compensation is about 50:1. It may not correctly aim for an 18% value but for me the main thing is to avoid blown highlights. And isn't "underexposure" a trait of all post K100D Pentax camera's too?
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underexpose is a trait in any camera brand more and more.

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I love my K100D Super as well. My only complaints are the smallish viewfinder, the semi-poor auto WB, and the lack of a focus assist lamp. But whatever, it's all good, as they say in America...

Also, maybe I'm crazy but I much prefer the mirror slap sound of the K100D to the K200D, which I don't own but often use at work In fact I have come to prefer the K100D as a whole to the K200D, which is reassuring as I had my doubts about buying an "obsolete" camera when I first got it and the K200D was the new hottest thing out. Good thing I know better now!
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Its very good to know I`m not alone in my opinions on the K100d.
I reckon I will enjoy the `Utopia` for a while longer and then maybe buy a K20d. The price is now getting to a very reasonable amount and is very tempting.
Thanks everyone for your replies.
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I have mine now for 2 years and I love every minute I had with it. It took me places I would have never seen except for the photo op's
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
Nice!

I don't find the interface slow.

I hear this very often but really I believe this is a feature. The ratio in which I apply negative compensation vs positive compensation is about 50:1. It may not correctly aim for an 18% value but for me the main thing is to avoid blown highlights. And isn't "underexposure" a trait of all post K100D Pentax camera's too?
Dear god, it's ACHINGLY slow. The time to save a RAW file i slike 4 seconds and flicking from image to image with the histogram makes you want to throw the thing in the lake.

This idea of saving blown highlights is a bit of a red herring. Sometrimes you have to blow highlights to get an overall decent image otherwise you underrexpose too much of the scene. My default is +0.7 ev and I still dial in more exposure in post about 90% of the time.

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Let me join the throng in praising the K100D.

For me 6Mp is adequate for most of my uses -
I mean it will do sterling/exhibition quality 10x8 with some room to spare - even the severe crop of getting a vertical image out of a horizional one will still give the oft recommended 200ppi print quality to 10x8.

Most of my shooting ends up sized for the web -
which, as most people will know, even a 1Mp camera will do.

Instead of a thousand words -


rest of album

another album

Below - some very adverse conditions - all ISO3200 shots handheld.....
(not claiming any sterling quality for these - but probably can be considered very difficult conditions to say the least - shots were mostly 1/8 to 1/15 sec)


rest of ISO3200 album

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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
underexpose is a trait in any camera brand more and more.
actually a while back, we had some samples from the D90 that were overexposed in comparison the a 10MP pentax (can't remember which one).

i know the technical meaning is that the camera will try to meter 18% gray, but for a camera as advanced as the K100D, i could careless what 18% gray is just expose the shot properly. i always find that if i don't do anything w/ the exposure, i'm always adding at least +.5EV in PP. when i am more conscious about what i'm taking pictures of sometimes i'm up to +2EV to Expose Right

edit: that also reminds me, lack of colour histograms so when i'm Exposing to the Right, i'm not sure if i've blown a colour channel
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
Dear god, it's ACHINGLY slow. The time to save a RAW file i slike 4 seconds and flicking from image to image with the histogram makes you want to throw the thing in the lake.

This idea of saving blown highlights is a bit of a red herring. Sometrimes you have to blow highlights to get an overall decent image otherwise you underrexpose too much of the scene. My default is +0.7 ev and I still dial in more exposure in post about 90% of the time.
me and Alfisti basically have the same outlook on the K100D, except i love the AA batteries
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
Love the sound of it.
I don't do weddings or birding or whatever would require a quieter shutter.
it's the slap that concerns me more, it decreases handholdability. on the old ZX- bodies for example, those shutters are so smooth, probably gives an extra stop handholdability.
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I bought my K100DS when they offered the $100 rebate (last October?) on the kit.

I find that it will serve me well UNTIL I get a lot better at imaging.
I'm currently going through a spell of LBA, just purchased a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 and my Tamron 70-200 f2.8 arrived this past Wednesday (I didn't realize that it would be so BIG).

I use my camera for quite a bit of macro work (coins) using my Vivitar 105 Series 1.


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UnknownVT,

Those are splendid images for iso 3200!
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UnknownVT,
Those are splendid images for iso 3200!
Thank you Raybo, that is very kind -

Just to be sure - it is only the last two images and rest of ISO3200 album that were ISO3200 -
the first two very colorful images (of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) and the albums were mostly ISO1600 and ISO800.

Don't forget when images are downsized there is auto-corrolation going on - as noise is "random" - it tends to cancel itself out -
so getting from full 3008x2000 down to about 540x360 - is only 18% of the image, less than 1/5 linearly - that's why I can kind of get away with it.

Those ISO3200 images certainly would be able to print at 7x5 fine -
but a full 10x8 may reveal more noise than I'd like -
but then again it is better than NO image at all .......

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