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Old Nov 19, 2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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Well, it arrived Friday evening! K100D Super with kit lens.

First impression are good so far. Almost identical in size and feel to my old Panasonic FZ-30. I guess that's why it appealed to me. Menus and features are pretty easy to access. I found my thumb kept hitting the AE-L button at first, but I seem to have adjusted. One of the reasons I was attracted to the K10D at first was the dual scroll wheels, as the FZ-30 has the same setup basically. I can see the convenience of two, but don't terribly miss the front one.

Everything is noticeably faster compared to the Panasonic, though quite a bit louder (focus and shutter).
It's going to take some getting used to not having a live view on the LCD, especially for macro shooting. I guess I'll be doing more lying on the ground and such now, but not a big deal. Gets me more personally involved in the shot. :G

As I had read, the AWB is pretty nasty, at least for me so far. I have found setting it to Manual and doing a quick adjustment shot works pretty well though.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. The IQ is much better than the FZ-30, especially in low light. I find I don't miss 8MP so much and can even crop a little with decent results with 6MP.

Anyway, still feeling it out and already getting the itch for a fast lens for indoor shots without using the flash. The bug has bitten!

Here are a few of early shots. A couple of them were taken with my old Raynox DCR-250 macro lens attached. Works pretty well I think.
The composition could be better on a couple of these, but I'm just playing around with it so far.

1 - The Cat - I didn't leave the house much over the weekend, so the poor cat was forced to be my subject. LOTS of cat pics.



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2 - Jurassic Park


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3 - Tall Bud


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4 - There's that cat again


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Old Nov 19, 2007, 11:16 PM   #5
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Impressive start.

when colour temperature is likley to be an issue shoot RAW.

Then you can precisely adjust the white balance when you process the images on the computer.


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Old Nov 19, 2007, 11:39 PM   #6
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Very nice, bro!

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 3:21 AM   #7
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Excellent shots



Love the lizard!



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Oooh - very nice! It looks like you can wait a while for the macro lens, the Raynox is working well for you. Looks like the fast lens would be a better first buy than the macro. And then there's the longer lens, etc. etc.
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you're just north west of my old stomping grounds.
nice shots. looks like you like the little would. i've found the AWB to work well except inside. 8meg P&S ???? i'll take the 6meg 6-8 times larger pixels any time.
the bug?? never stops..

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Old Nov 20, 2007, 9:40 PM   #10
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Well I hate to admit it, but it seems that "other review guy" was right when he said Pentax's JPEG processing on the *ist series left some to be desired...these look great!

I can't get that straight out of the box with my DL...

Looks like the K100D Super is one very optimized, finished product

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