|White-bellied Sunbird on Cape Honeysuckle|
After much research I had decided on the Pentax K10D for 3 main reasons:-
1) on dpreview.com it was rated the best in it's class and price range
2) it had weather/dust seals and promised to suit rugged conditions
3) I still had a couple of Pentax lenses from the days of my film SLR camera.........
and overall I've never regretted that decision.
A couple of years ago I acquired a Sigma 18-250mm super zoom lens and this gave me a boost for a while but I was always a little disappointed that it hadn't delivered as much as I thought it should....
Well after a few months of research & dithering I've just bought the Pentax K-3 DSLR, and WOW!!
I mean it's obviously going to be better, just look at the difference in some of the specs......
a) K10D = 10 megapixels K-3 = 24 megapixels
b) K10D = max ISO 1600 K-3 = max ISO 51200
c) K10D - released in 2006 K-3 released in 2013
The huge increase in megapixels plus the ability to increase my shutter speeds (to reduce my shake!!) and the reduction in noise at higher ISO values has definitely improved the sharpness of my photos in the usual outdoor, safari shooting conditions (the pictures above...) and has also given me the ability to take more advantage of low lighting..... (for example this pic taken at dusk of the Black-collared Barbet in it's nesting hole).
Another big improvement is the colour and white balance of the JPEGs produced by my new camera.
|African Fish Eagle|
The new camera has all the pluses that took me the Pentax DSLR route in the first place plus a lot of the new features that the modern DSLRs have (video, larger screen etc.). And thankfully the buttons on the back are almost in the same places so I haven't had to re-acquire muscle memory for rapid shooting......
The only potential downside of the upgrade is that the average JPEG size has increased from 3 MB to 12 MB, so my disc drives are filling up rapidly and the software I use is now very slow...... more upgrades are obviously in the pipeline!!
|Bateleur Eagle (immature)|
|Grey Go-away Bird|