The Pentax K100D; Image Stabilization & Millions Of Lenses In An Affordable D-SLR Page 2
One of the big deals about K100D-series cameras is their ability to use every K-mount lens ever made. Pentax's Ned Bunnell told me, "Pentax has manufactured over 24 million lenses in the last five decades because we believe that for every assignment there needs to be a lens that matches each photographer's style, amateur and professional alike." And that number doesn't include K-mount lenses from other manufacturers. To use old K-mount lenses on your K100D-series camera, here's all you have to do:
Step 1: Set the "Fl with S lens used" custom function to "2."
Step 2: Set the "Using aperture ring" custom function to "2."
Step 3: Once these settings are made, the Shake Reduction option on the main menu is accessible so you can input the lens focal length. If it is an older lens without the "A" setting on the aperture ring you can only access Manual (set at the M position on the mode dial) or Shutter Priority (mode dial set to anything but M). You are also limited to stop-down metering so the viewfinder does darken.
Effective Pixels: 6.1 megapixels
Image Capture Device: Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter
Color Depth: 8-bit (JPEG) or 12-bit (raw) x three colors
Autofocus Modes: AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual
Shake Reduction: CCD Image Sensor Shift
Lens Mount: Pentax KAF-mount compatible with Pentax KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses; K-mount lenses; S-mount lenses--with adapter; 67/645 lenses--with adapter
Light Metering Method: TTL open-aperture metering with choice of 16-segment, center-weighted, and spot metering
Metering Range: 1-21.5 EV (at ISO 200 with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Sensitivity: ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure Control: Program AE, Auto Picture mode, Picture mode, Scene mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
Picture Modes: Auto Picture, Scene, Standard, Portrait, Night-Scene Portrait, Landscape, Macro, and Action
Scene Modes: Night, Surf & Snow, Text, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, and Museum
Autoexposure Lock: Push button type with approx. 20-second timer
Depth Of Field Preview: Via main switch
Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec to 30 seconds and Bulb
Flash: Built-in series-control retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Drive Modes: Single-shot, Continuous (2.8 fps, 5 JPEG, 3 raw), Self-timer (12 seconds, 2 seconds)
LCD Function: Image rotation, slide show, Digital Filters, histogram, exposure warning
Erase And Image Protect Modes: Single, All
Interfaces: USB 2.0
Weight: 19.8 oz
Price: K100D $699.95 with smc 18-55mm zoom lens
For more information, contact Pentax Imaging Company, 600 12th St., Ste. 300, Golden, CO 80401; (800) 877-0155; www.pentaximaging.com.
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to the Used Department at Adorama Camera (www.adorama.com) and Mr. Jack Gold for their assistance in providing older manual focus Pentax K-mount lenses to test with the Pentax K100D.
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