wavering again

I am wavering, but I keep thinking that if the Pentax Kx is so limited (no focus indication, no control over Dark Frame Subtraction, bad flash implementation, no wired remote, not so good focus) then it is time to bite the bullet and switch. But the K5 (obvious/only Pentax upgrade) is still £999, I suspect we are still paying to subsidise the oil-on-sensor fiasco). I have had a play with the new wonder-child, the Nikon D5100. It is nice and compact, quiet and the screen articulation is interesting. The switch will cost about £750 just for body and 18-105 kit. I then need to sell on the accumulation of Pentax lenses and guff. The Pentax plusses are: blue body colour, 100mm f2.8, fisheye, 50mm f1.4, in body stability, ability to catch-in-focus and meter any old Pentax lens, just too handy. And looking at the couple of images I took from the D5100 today, I am not blown away and I am not sure it warrants a whole change of brand. I think the images are on a par with what I am already getting with the Pentax. Now

that I have slimmed down to the Sigma 18-125 for quiet focussing and the 10-20 for the range with the EPL1 for compact duties, I might just sit tight till the next upgrade is really necessary. Let’s face it, this upgrade is likely to be a fizzer, despite having bought my first Nikon lens!

flash

I have made an unhappy discovery that the way flash works on Pentax just sucks. When you set the camera to auto ISO it picks nice sensible ISOs to match the ambient light. When you use the flash, it keeps the ISO for ambient light and also keeps the shutter speed to match. Which is fine if you are on a tripod and want a good mix of flash and ambient light. But actually, it is pretty useless as you really don’t need ISO 3200 if you have a GN50 flash all warmed up and ready to fry. I have never really got on with flash that well, so I think it is time to dump the Sigma TTL flash. I can live with the pop-up flash for emergencies, and the Olympus EPL1 behaves much better, it intelligently adjusts the ISO to 200 and picks proper shutter speeds. In future I will stick with the EPL1, the pop-up, an old Metz auto flash and an optical trigger, it works rather well, much easier to control in quick fire action when you need a little automation.