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Episode 15

24 Apr 2009 2:09PM   Views : 272 Unique : 230

They say that a bad workman always blames his tools so, not wishing to appear a bad workman, I convinced myself that the number of out of focus photos I was getting was my fault - the result of a somewhat relaxed technique. So I tried harder in a deliberate attempt to increase the number of shots in focus. To my consternation my hit rate went from about 15% to less than 5%. Which was odd, I thought. This was happening with both manual and autofocus and with both the kit lens and the 50mm I use most of the time. Hmmmm.

I had read here, there and everywhere about back-focus but, as I said, had convinced myself the camera was fine; it was me that was doing something wrong. Apparently not - at least not as far as focussing was concerned. When I finally decided to check the focussing on the camera (using a number of object-based tests in addition to a focus chart) I found that my once-beloved K10D appeared to be backfocussing by a significant amount. All the time unless I shot so casually that the errors my technique introduced were, perversely, big enough to compensate at least some of the time. Maybe it was the result of a misaligned sensor, I don't know and to be honest I don't care. The thing betrayed me. I switched back to the 7D and much to my relief, more than 50% of the shots I took at West Wittering were basically in focus and my attempts to improve my technique had actually paid off, after all. Anyway, that left me with a dilema: get the Pentax fixed or bin it. I decided to bin it (well...it'll end up on ebay most likely). Brutal maybe but our relationship was beyond recovery.

After much deliberation (days of trawling through reviews and handling various potential replacements in my local Jessops store) I decided to jump ship. Again. I have now ordered a new Nikon D300 Smile

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