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02-27-2009, 02:34 PM   #1
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K100d - Total satisfaction.

Well I have owned my K100d for almost twenty months. I use three lenses, kit 18-55, Tamron 70-300 and Sigma 17-70 ( away at Sigma UK to fix de-centering problem).
Apart from the Sigma problem, I am a very happy part time photographer. I use the camera nearly always in aperture priority. I shoot in RAW, develop with Silkypix free version and do the final pp work with PhotoImpact 12.
Now, my problem is that it is all going so well that I feel very little desire to upgrade either my camera or any of the lenses. Have I reached Utopia or am I just a tired, worn out old bore?
Richard.

02-27-2009, 02:45 PM   #2
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Utopia--enjoy it! I've got a K20D but still use the K100d as a backup/knock about. Like you I pretty much keep it in AV. I bought it in preparation for our trip to England in 2007, btw, and, combined with the Tamron 18-250mm, it really served me well.
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Thanks dadipentak. I reckon it is Utopia but it is good to be re-assured.
Back in 2007, did you enjoy your trip here and where did you get to?
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try a prime

QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
Well I have owned my K100d for almost twenty months. I use three lenses, kit 18-55, Tamron 70-300 and Sigma 17-70 ( away at Sigma UK to fix de-centering problem).
Apart from the Sigma problem, I am a very happy part time photographer. I use the camera nearly always in aperture priority. I shoot in RAW, develop with Silkypix free version and do the final pp work with PhotoImpact 12.
Now, my problem is that it is all going so well that I feel very little desire to upgrade either my camera or any of the lenses. Have I reached Utopia or am I just a tired, worn out old bore?
Richard.
I've had the K100 for about 18 mos now and I found a "new" camera when I decided to settle on one good Pentax "normal" prime lens (in this case, the 43mm f/1.9) and put the zoom on the shelf for a while. The fixed FL forced me to learn some things about taking images; it has worked out well. Using one prime lens gives a whole different "feel" to the process and how you can photographically see the world,
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Damn, now you guys are really making me want one!
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It is nice to hear from a happy Pentax owner. There are a lot of us out there, but usually people write only when they have a problem. I bought my K100D in November 2006, and my K110D four months later. I'm very happy with both of them. I used the K100D at our Dog Park today, the K110D to take photos of Comet Lulin the night before.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
Now, my problem is that it is all going so well that I feel very little desire to upgrade either my camera or any of the lenses.
Don't worry, be happy.
Given that you have used the camera for such a long time already, you are probably not in need of any K100D Tips & Tricks.

I'm still very, very happy with my K100D as well. Sometimes I wish I could crop more without running into resolution limits; a problem that wouldn't occur as early with a higher resolution sensor. But this cases are rare and typically a case of not enough foresight when shooting.
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I agree. I have no desire to upgrade (maybe it's just my skill level). It's about 18 months for me as well and couldn't be happier.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Richard Spencer Quote
Back in 2007, did you enjoy your trip here and where did you get to?
Richard.
It was an all-too quick caravan tour of the West Country (Salisbury, Plymouth, "Insane Ives," Bath, Oxford.) Lovely country! Interesting that
FHPhotographer suggests that you get a good prime like the 43mmm. I quite agree and, in fact, also had that very lens on the trip and it got me low-light indoor shots like this of Buckfast Abbey the zoom could not have. There are other very good but less expensive options, though.

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K100D Super to K200D to D80 to XSi to G1 and now K100D Super all within 14 months ...1600 ISO never looked so good. I'm a nut and proud of it.

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it's a great camera, don't let anyone say otherwise...

I am a happy owner... Here are some of the first landscape shots I ever took with the K100D + FA* 80-200/2.8:


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I've not used it for a while, but that's mainly because I wanted the K10D or K20D for the dual dial wheels to simplify adjustments on the fly. Keep it -- it's a great choice.

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I'm glad to see that you're so content with your gear. I bought my first Pentax DSLR in October 2007 and have gone through a lot of buying and selling, but now I'm finally starting to feel content with what I have--we'll see how long that lasts after the PMA announcements.

If you're feeling a small LBA itch, it wouldn't hurt to scratch it at all. The FA43 is an excellent lens, but not cheap at nearly $400 new. If you're looking to spend less, then the FA50/1.4 is an excellent lens for $200 new. For even less, you can pick up another fast autofocus 50 like the FA50/1.7 or F50/1.7 (around $150). If you don't mind manual focus, then the A50/1.7 is an excellent deal at under $100. Besides learning how to get creative using 1 focal length only, these lenses are a good bit faster than what you have, making them great choices for handheld lower light photography.

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i have had the K100D for a year now and have been doing most things in film now.

although the K100D is a good camera, to offer some counterbalance, there are some things that really bug me:
-the mirror slap
-the overall slowness of the interface and to review
-the tiny buffer
-auto iso fails on exposure comp
-general underexposure
-should be smaller
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the K100 is a good camera Rich, no two ways about it but, the K20 is a totally different beast. Much better in every way.

cheers,

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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?
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