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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-15-2010, 06:24 AM  
Best low light autofocus - k20,k7 or KX??
Posted By germar
Replies: 24
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I had an assignment of shooting a year end award ceremony with my K20D rig last night ... in a dimly lit hall with teachers and kids dressed in a wide range of evening wear. My K20D/Tamron 17-50 XR DiII/Metz 58 setup fought me every step of the way, slowly hunting for a focus point as I missed shot after shot. It didn't matter if I was in constant focus or single shot focus. I finally went to manual focus, guestimated my distance to subject for the majority of the evening... at least I could get the camera to fire when handshakes were happening and awards were being handed off.

It was the first time I was truly and completely unhappy with my Pentax system.

So... okay, I've read on the forum that the K7 is "better" at autofocusing, and that the K-X is great in low light.... would anyone say that either of these bodies would be better for low light autofocusing in the scenario I've outlined here?

I'm going to have more of these types of shoots in the future, if this is indeed Pentax' weak point, I have a tough decision to make about staying with the system. Help!


Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-09-2010, 12:25 AM  
News Tutorial Series - Part II: Site Sections
Posted By Adam
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This is the second installment in our series of site usage tutorials. After reading these handy guides, you might just happen to rediscover our site!

If this tutorial was helpful to you, please let me know by leaving a comment via the reputation system- click
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There's much more to than just our discussion forum. Read on to see what else site members have access to!

The Navbar

The navbar is located at the top of every forum page, and provides you with quick access to other key site sections. Typically, each button has a dropdown menu with further options. Below, the key links from each sub-menu are outlined.

Note that the Marketplace button is only accessible for users who have access to sell in that section- Site Supporters, Resellers, and Pentaxians.

Monthly Photo Contests

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The contest forum is found below the 'post your photos' forum (link above).

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Our Marketplace allows forum members to buy and sell photographic items. Anything photographic may be sold in this section (not just Pentax gear). Any forum member can buy; you must be a Site Supporter (have donated), Pentaxian (1000+ posts or 2 years' membership), or Reseller (commercial access purchased) to sell.

We also feature a 'Wanted' section and a 'Price Watch' section in addition to the 'For Sale' section.

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Pentax Camera Reviews

Our final database contains a listing of Pentax digital & film bodies (except screwmount cameras, which are still being worked on). Like the lens review database, it has a review form allowing for in-depth reviews.

Pentax Articles

This is one of our less-used site sections, and we'd like to develop it. The article system allows users to post useful articles for permanent reference. In addition, we allow users to request the conversion of a helpful thread into an article.

User Photo Gallery

The first of our centralized photo-storage systems, this gallery hosts several photo-based events. It also allows users to store large images in categorized sections, but does not feature individual albums. EXIF info for photos is shown; no resolution limit.

Member Photo Albums

Our second centralized photo storage systems allows members to create individual named albums. Albums can be either public, private, or tied to a social group. Albums are linked to from the postbit, as well as from member profiles. Photos are limited to 1024x1024 pixels. Members can upload up to 40 photos; those who have donated once, 100; those who have re-donated, 200.

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