settling into the Nikon way

I have added the 18-140 lens to my outfit. For £195 you would be stupid not too. It is a kit lens, but it is a good one. Better than any of the Pentax 18-55’s I have owned, but that is not hard considering the current one I have. So how am I getting on? Well, I have been up for dusk shots on Chanctonbury a few times (see the photo feed) and it seems to hold it’s own. If you push the shadow recovery and HDR too much I can see banding lines, so you need to be sensible with getting enough light onto the sensor. That was a minor ‘sell it all and get a K3’ moment, but it has passed.

One observation I have made, the Nikon might seem less sturdy, but the quality control seems better. The inbuilt horizon level is accurate, the lenses I have (admittedly all Nikon) seem to focus pretty accurately as well. The pentax Kx and K5 needed major adjustment through hacking the OS to get all my lenses to focus within the user adjustable range. The Pentax needed the most adjustment. That is just shoddy, I did not want to buy another camera with a wonky horizon level or one where the af adjustment range was not enough to get it spot on.