Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-02-2010, 09:13 PM   #1
Pentaxian
dosdan's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,697
What use do you make of Sv mode?

I've never used this mode, but use TAv regularly for sports.
What use do you make of Sv mode?
Is Sv only of use on cameras that don't have TAv?

Dan.

01-02-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,679
I don't use it because I don't use auto ISO in any mode, but for someone who does, switching to Sv means you can set your own ISO and let the camera do the rest - like a P mode...
01-02-2010, 11:09 PM   #3
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ontario
Posts: 750
I've never bothered with TAV or SV modes to be honest. They make sense, but I've never incorporated them into my shooting. And because I'm mostly doing landscapes these days, I'm generally shooting at ISO 100 no matter what.
01-02-2010, 11:23 PM   #4
Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Israel
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 943
I used it only once to experience how it works. I shoot in Hyper-P mode exclusively.

01-03-2010, 05:48 PM   #5
Veteran Member
pop4's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: YMML
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,877
What use do I make of it?

None at all. I only ever turn the mode dial on my K10D/K-7 to Hyper P (which includes Av and Tv), M and B.
I can't really think of any situation where Sensitivity, as opposed to Aperture or the shutter Time, is the main priority.
01-03-2010, 05:58 PM   #6
Site Supporter
Tamia's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Adirondack foothills, when I'm stationary
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,026
After a year with my 200D, I only recently began to use the Sv mode very occasionally. Almost all of my photography is outdoor and nature oriented. Normally I use the lowest sensitivity and have my camera set for 100-200. But now and then, when I happen on a moving bird or animal in a darkish setting like in a forest, or at dusk, I want a quick shift in sensitivity so I can have a better chance at stopping action. That's when I switch over to Sv, which I've set at the highest ISO (1600). Once I've shot the photo(s) I need, I return to manual setting.
01-03-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
Inactive Account




Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NJ USA
Posts: 281
The way Tamia uses it is EXACTLY how I use it on my K200D.
Not very often. But I have 1600 available at a dial click away at any time.
01-03-2010, 07:48 PM   #8
Pentaxian
dosdan's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,697
Original Poster
So TomK & Tamia are using Sv mode just as a LL ISO 1600 target-of-opportunity pre-set. Since I can see no other use for Sv mode, I'll set SV to that ISO on mine as it's my max. ISO too on the K20D. It may come in handy some time if I can remember I've pre-set it in Sv.

I not sure how the camera is going to balance Aperture vs. Shutter Speed in Sv mode. My guess is that it will probably use the Normal program line.

Dan.


Last edited by dosdan; 01-03-2010 at 08:00 PM.
01-04-2010, 06:23 AM   #9
Site Supporter
Tamia's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Adirondack foothills, when I'm stationary
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,026
That's right, Dan -- target-of-opportunity. In those cases, my main concern is to capture more a documentary shot than an artistic one, so the balance of aperture and shutter speed are of less importance to me than getting a brighter picture.
01-04-2010, 10:23 AM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toronto (for now)
Posts: 1,749
QuoteOriginally posted by Tamia Quote
After a year with my 200D, I only recently began to use the Sv mode very occasionally. Almost all of my photography is outdoor and nature oriented. Normally I use the lowest sensitivity and have my camera set for 100-200. But now and then, when I happen on a moving bird or animal in a darkish setting like in a forest, or at dusk, I want a quick shift in sensitivity so I can have a better chance at stopping action. That's when I switch over to Sv, which I've set at the highest ISO (1600). Once I've shot the photo(s) I need, I return to manual setting.
TBH I can't find any good reason to use it, in this instance just set the front dial to change ISO, that way it's always there.
03-23-2016, 08:49 PM   #11
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Sv on Pentax K20D

Found a great use for Sv mode - last week went to Jenolan Caves and used the Sv to take photos inside the caves with the available artificial light (led or halogen). Photos are very good - apertures around 2.8-6 and speeds of 1/10 to 1/80th second using a Sigma 17-70 lens. Thanks Pentax
03-24-2016, 05:21 AM   #12
Junior Member




Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 39
QuoteOriginally posted by dosdan Quote
I've never used this mode, but use TAv regularly for sports.
What use do you make of Sv mode?
Is Sv only of use on cameras that don't have TAv?

Dan.
I have used it to ensure my shutter speed was super quick for my 200 MM lens...
03-24-2016, 07:01 AM   #13
Pentaxian
MadMathMind's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Houston, TX
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,531
I used it when I first got the camera, back when I really didn't know much about setting apertures on my own but wanted some control. I'd call it a "beginner mode" since it's setting both 'critical' parameters (aperture and shutter speed) for you.
03-25-2016, 01:00 AM   #14
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
K20 Sv setting

Hi Dan
The K20D has all the usual settings an Sv which is apparently a Pentax special (or was in 2010). I came across an article on net re K20 and caves. Rather than using flash which flattens the photo, try Sv and it worked. It was like a point and shoot camera in a difficult situation - hard to change settings in poor light, but along with 17mm 2.8 lens great for the caves. Will put some photo up on the net in a few days and put link on this page.
Ross
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, mode, photography, sv, tav
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Night Don't know what to make of it :) Blaze Post Your Photos! 0 12-19-2009 03:30 PM
Picture mode and Scene mode espanola Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 12-18-2009 08:59 AM
What do you make of this? minavasht Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 03-22-2008 06:49 PM
Did He Make it ? daacon Post Your Photos! 5 05-11-2007 10:39 PM
Help me make something of this... :) Nixarma Post Your Photos! 12 05-09-2007 06:24 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:05 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top