single frame: Cooper’s Shop

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

Cooper’s Shop
Pentax K10D, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC Pentax-DA AL

As we packed to leave for Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill I considered which film camera I should take along. I still have 43 of them to choose from (full list here). It’s often hard to choose, and it was especially so this time for some reason.

I decided not to dither, and instead packed my digital Pentax K10D DSLR with its 18-55mm zoom.

The K10D was introduced in 2006, and the DSLR state of the art has advanced considerably since then. My wife’s six-year-newer Nikon D3200 can get some photos my K10D can’t, primarily in dim light. A couple of my dim-light shots would have been wonderful had they been less noisy and had I been able to choose a higher ISO for a faster shutter speed and less risk of shake.

But the vast majority of photos I make with the K10D are in good light, where the camera performs perfectly well. I love the warmth it captures.

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11 responses to “single frame: Cooper’s Shop”

  1. Clare Hennessey Avatar
    Clare Hennessey

    Magnificent shot, old digitals can still cut it, my Canon 1Ds is outstanding.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you Clare! Yes, within their limits old digitals are still quite capable.

  2. jon campo Avatar
    jon campo

    That’s s great shot Jim, the colors are superb!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Jon!!

  3. -N- Avatar

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the older digital cameras used the CMOS sensor as opposed to something more used today – name of it eludes me. If I recall, the CMOS sensor is closer to film in quality or rendering, and combined with old glass is supposed to be rather outstanding. I almost went with Pentax when considering my first digital, but a friend loaned me his Nikon D70 for over a year, so I went with Nikon.

    1. Joshua Fast Avatar
      Joshua Fast

      You are correct, just have it flip flopped. Older digital cameras used a CCD sensor which grants beautiful colors and sharpness at the cost of low light performance. Most CCD sensors were extremely noisy by 1600 and terrible at 3200. Newer CMOS sensors are great in low light but commonly have color casts.

      1. -N- Avatar

        Thanks for the great info!

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sorry I missed your comment! Joshua is right. I shoot mostly outside in daylight so a CCD is my friend!

      1. -N- Avatar

        The older digital cameras are really nice; I have often thought of buying something like the D700 just for that reason alone. I believe the digital Leicas up to the M9 used the CCD.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          You should be able to buy one for a fraction of the original cost. My K10D body cost no more than $100.

          1. -N- Avatar

            I am thinking about it rather seriously! But it will be Nikon, of course, because I have so much glass.

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