Very often, when in a discussion about Pentax cameras you'll hear the phrase: 'If you're not going to do sport photography this camera (K-30) is excellent for you' and I am always surprised by this phrase.
I take photos of many types of sport competitions: football, beach volleyball, fighting, athletics, classic rally, drift, rally-raid, moto-cross, freestyle-motocross and stunt-riding, to name a few.
From the start of my career I used Pentax equipment, beginning with the K20D as well as the K-01 and 645D and now I use a blue Pentax K-30 for taking my shots.
Recently I had the chance to test this inexpensive and reliable camera in very difficult conditions and for my efforts I received accreditation at the World Superbike stage.
On the Saturday of the shoot, the race circuit at the Moscow Raceway was covered by cloud but it soon got a lot worse when Sunday arrived. Drizzling rain which began on the first lap of the superior class Superbikes hit the track and it soon became really heavy rainfall!
However, luckily, this was no big problem for me! I've gotten used to rain and it gave me a good opportunity to test the quality of the dust-proofing and waterproofing of the K-30.
As I expected, the moisture protection of the camera proved to be excellent. I was shooting in the rain for about an hour and had no problems.
On a side note, the reason why I was attracted to this camera in the first place was because of its 16mp sensor that also features in my K-5. I also really like the aggressive sporty design the camera has so all-in-all, the camera was worth looking at. Plus now, after shooting Superbike competitions, it's been confirmed that this is the camera for me.
I must also talk about how compact and light weight this model is. Even with a 400mm lens attached, this camera doesn't wear you out when shooting all day. It also has a very comfortable grip.
Working in autofocus mode with AF tracking and continuous shooting was very easy! The camera did everything itself and whether the subject was moving parallel to or away from the camera, the result was the same. The camera is accurate, with virtually error-free focus. And even when the rain closed in, the camera still worked without error. It also performed well at higher ISO levels, I was shooting with ISOs around the 800-1600 mark, and its optical stabilizer also played a vital role in these conditions.
Cameras which don't offer this stabilizer and have poor quality higher ISOs make my job a lot harder.
It's also worth mentioning the two control wheels the camera has as with a rapid rotation of both, I could quickly set the desired parameters without taking my eye from the viewfinder.
All of these qualities allow me to conclude that the K-30, despite its low price, allows me to capture sport events in the most difficult of conditions.