first birding with K-3... BAM!

Started Jan 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP paulkienitz Veteran Member • Posts: 5,281
Re: my impression of K-3 focusing and metering with birds

paulkienitz wrote:

Screw-drive autofocus is very fast and very positive compared to what I'm used to, but with fast-moving subjects, sometimes it has more near-misses than actual hits.

How is your camera set up? I use a User mode for BIF; TAv mode, AF-C, focus priority, 27-point expandable focus point and SR off. AF Hold is set on Low, but if anything can come between me and the subject, I bump it to High.

The metering, I am very impressed by.

That was an unexpected bonus for me too. I have highlight and shadow correction set for Auto. They are set very conservatively (rarely activate, and well justified when they do).

The colors of the OOC jpegs seem like a definite improvement

I found all Pentax DSLR's since the K-x too blue in daylight, especially low intensity daylight. The K-3 is the first to overcome this fault.

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I was shooting very much as you desctibe, with TAv and full size expanding focus, but with SR on and medium hold.

I rarely used TAv on my older cameras, as the range of good ISO was too small. I'd usually use Sv for birds, in fact.

For me the perfect shooting mode would be one where you set a minimum shutter speed rather than a fixed one. As the light gets dim it raises ISO, but when it's bright it's okay to use higher shutter speed.

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