How many people still use the Pentax K10D?

Started Jul 15, 2017 | Discussions thread
TacticDesigns
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Re: How many people still use the Pentax K10D?

paulkienitz wrote:

PC UK wrote:

orlandomfn wrote:

As mentioned by someone, it´s only serious limitation is that it doesn't make good pictures at night or in the dusk. It definitely needs light.

I would love to know

Is that.....

  • a problem an inherent function of noise - such that dark areas are always full of false signalling pixels whatever the sensor setting
  • or is it just no good at 1600asa - in which case using low sensor iso and a tripod will fix it - just as we used to use in the days of Kodak 200asa

Yes, low ISO fixes it. The sensor isn't up to modern standards for higher ISOs.

+1

I had, still have and still use a Pentax K100d.

Cameras of that era IMHO beg for light.

Here's a shot of my daughter with the light of a candle.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/3398134947/

Back then, I was happy with that. But, yes, @ ISO3200 in low light, there is definitely a lot of noise. LOL.

In order to get better IQ images, I started to learn how to use external flash.

If you can get the old CCD sensor enough light, they just sing IMHO!

Here's a shot from my Pentax K100d, but I used external flash to get more light to the CCD sensor. Lots of fine detail in there.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/2995413090/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/3124399571/

If you can decide when you want to take pictures, and only take pictures in lots of light, these old CCD sensor cameras will still go the distance IMHO.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/4841445772/

But if you want to shoot in low light, then the newer CMOS sensors will take you further IMHO.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacticdesigns/6543290555/

The K-5 was about the first model with decent modern ISO performance.

+1

K-5 would be a great place to start.

But . . . OP, if you want to get in cheap, don't shy away from the K10d.

If you aren't forced when you need to get a shot, the K10d (IMHO) can still bang out a great picture.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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