Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Seasons Past #3
Last year I replaced my five year old Pentax K10D with the new Pentax K5. There were several reasons for the upgrade: the K10D was (in digital camera terms) aging, the K5 offered many technological advances over the five year old K10D, and the K5 was reputed to have class leading high ISO performance. The K5 has certainly lived up to my expectations.
Live-view was a feature that I did not expect to have much use for. I prefer an optical viewfinder and the viewfinder on the K5 is excellent, but there is one situation where I find live-view extremely helpful. With the camera on a tripod, particularly with close-up work, live-view eliminates the awkward contortions and tripod bumping required to get the eye to the viewfinder. And better yet, the image on the screen can be enlarged so that it becomes easy to accurately place the focus exactly where you wish.
I am not saying that the shots in this "Seasons Past" series could not have been made using the optical viewfinder, but live-view certainly made it much easier. Live-view is a feature that I never expected to use when I bought the K5 and though ninety-five percent of my pictures are still made through the optical viewfinder, live-view is a feature that I would not want to be without.