Sunday, September 10, 2006
Pentax K100D First Impressions
Just received my K100D kit yesterday. First impressions are very positive. I love the size of the camera, the effectiveness of the SR feature, and the overall build quality. AF is way better that what I was expecting after reading all these posts about slow and hunting AF. It seems to be reasonably fast and very accurate. I didn't have any issue focusing with low light and/or low contrast subject. In any case, it is way better than the Olympus E-1 and marginally slower than the Nikon D200. I didn't test the AF-C mode, though. I don't regret buying the kit lens (18-55mm DA) as it appears to be very well put together. Close focusing is great. The lens is sharp and auto-focus is fast and accurate. SR is just incredible: I managed to get sharp shots at 1/2s (at 18mm)! It does work, indeed. Little concerns: Weakness of the anti-aliasing filter. Images out of the camera are very sharp but moiré and artifacts are sometimes visible. Keeping the contrast and saturation at resonable levels helps a lot, though. Also, hue and contrast are not very accurate on the (very sharp) LCD.