Fantastic shots. Makes me wanna go buy one now hehehe
JK, you make me miss my K5 and FA 31. Thanks for your wonderful review.
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One minor niggle...
If there is a niggle of compliant up to this point.
It is this.
We don't know what we've missed until we miss it.
Certainly so in this case.
My previous camera before the K30 was its older and higher end sibling the K5.
It came with the capability to do exposure bracketing with shutter release via IR remote or self timer.
On the K30, these 2 options absent.
There is exposure bracketing on the camera, but it releases on shutter button press, obviously not the most ideal for long exposures.
Thats not as bad as it sounds though.
The work around :
1. Shoot old school and set each exposure bracket manually and then release shutter via timer or IR remote. (The sturdy tripod will hold the camera steady so that no camera shake/shift occurs)
2. Use a wired remote with the exposure bracket function.
I did not read the manual that the wired remote option was available before the trip (there I admitted it )
So used option #1 throughout the trip.
Anyway, I'm getting a wired remote off ebay (again just a ~$10 item shipped off ebay, so no big a deal to me)
As can be seen from the 2 photos on this page, old school works pretty fine too.
There are just too many nice cameras out there nowadays.
Its good that an entry priced camera like the K30 nowadays is so choke full of features/performance that just a few years back we had to use higher end cameras to get them.
Great review on the K30. You provided a user practical user perspective bundled with great photos. Lovely limited lens...especially the FA Limiteds
Great review c/w awesome photos, JK. KUDOS to you!!
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Nice review as usual JK
Think this will increase the Pentax sale . Too bad I don't own a k30. Else will help to promote this thread
K30; M85/2; shot with the aid of LV focusing peaking
The K30 is perhaps at time of writing the only DSLR that has focus peaking from its OEM firmware.
Given Pentax's K-mount backward compatibility (thats over 30yrs of nice legacy lenses), its a nice feature when used with legacy manual focus (MF) lenses.
In use, I found it to be very handy, allowing me to find the area of peaked contrast fast.
Personally, I'm still a bit of an old shooter, so I prefer using a good focusing screen on the optical viewfinder (100% coverage on the K30 btw).
But I do think that I will use the peaking feature more in the future as I have not invested in a dedicated focusing screen on my K30.
Do note that as this is a DSLR, the shutter/mirror mechanism in live view (LV) needs to come down and up again upon shutter release, so there is a split second lag for this to happen.
So for moving subjects, its not ideal, for other stuff, its great.
its a good camera and good picture.
can i have one....
is anyone know how much the price
Last edited by ed9119; 19th March 2013 at 09:19 AM.
shaddap and just shoot .... up close
very nice photos of taiwan you have. and k30 is a good camera and enjoy it. thanks for the review.
Its really nice to get the encouragement.
Too bad I don't have Pentax shares.
I'm happy enough that the nice interface/handling we like (and often take for granted) gets mentioned in the review.
16MP and image quality
Prints ranging from 4R, A4, A3
The K30 has a 16mp sensor, which I have found to be enough for most practical intents.
What I've found very good with Pentax's implementation of the 16mp sensor is that it has very fine grain and low in chroma noise without sacrificing detail.
This allows an image to be pushed in post process and/or printed with only luminescence noise to take care of or showing up as more acceptable grains w/o the more unacceptable chroma noise grains.
Those interested can always pop by DPreview or ImagingResource to make use of their comparison samples to check out the 100% crops.
DPR - Pentax K-30 Review: Digital Photography Review
IR - Imaging Resource "Comparometer" ™ Digital Camera Image Comparison Page