I needed a new direction with my Pentax K-30, the camera I love to overanalyse.
So I decided to do what I often do when things get over complicated.
Go back to basics.
And with a DSLR, what could me more basic than using it like a point and shoot?
Albeit a point and shoot with lovely handling, and a more capable sensor and lens.
So I went with Auto ISO limited between 100-400, attached my criminally underused Pentax-DA 50/1.8 and set off around the garden.
Aside from an initial tweak of the exposure compensation of +1/3 stop, I just composed, shot and let the camera do the heavy lifting.
Oh aside from very minor focus adjustment, where the lens would focus on a slightly different part of the composition than what I wanted in focus, so I used the old rocking focus trick to shift it.
Turns out, after all my fiddling and deliberating in recent photo walks, the K-30 is pretty great when left to its own devices.
The DA 50/1.8, whilst perfectly decent, isn’t a lens that wows me.
For some reason I prefer the results from its 35/2.4 sibling better, and my A series 50/1.7 seems to make more pleasing, perhaps warmer, photographs if I want that specific focal length.
Plus it feels much better in the hand than the DA 50, especially focusing manually.
On my next outing I expect I’ll take either of those two lenses, and try the all Auto approach again.
Later, on a very local walk, I tried the trusty F series 35-70mm.
I think it did even better than the DA 50/1.8 on full auto.
Who’d have thought a company like Pentax with decades of experience developing wonderful cameras could make one that worked so well on full Auto mode.
Oh, hang on…
How about you? How often do you just go with all auto, and point and shoot?
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