Any good? Magic Lantern K10D guide


Link Posted 05/05/2009 - 19:19
I've ploughed through the Pentax guide since purchasing my camera last week. Does anyone have any experience of the Magic Lantern guide on the K10d (and does anyone have a copy they don't need?) Does it add much to the official guide for an inexperienced novice?


Pentax K-5/HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro
Fuji X100T


Link Posted 05/05/2009 - 19:29
If you're inexperienced it's a great book, it explains a lot and with the background information you need as a beginner.

I have it and use it instead of the manual now, it's atleast better to read then the strange Japanese translation sometimes

K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55

El Dingo

Link Posted 05/05/2009 - 20:04
It's great, and no you can't have mine (sorry!).

Anvh sums it up perfectly.

I'm still a beginner, but this book really helped to get me off the ground.
El Dingo - K3-II and K10D


Link Posted 05/05/2009 - 21:21
Definitely worth buying IMHO.

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T


Link Posted 05/05/2009 - 22:32
It's like a well written version of the k10d manual - still not exciting reading though - I'm not sure how much additional material is in there, it's just easier to understand.

When I glance at the Pentax manual I always get the feeling it's (Googley) translated from another language whereas the Magic Lantern guide is written in English.


Link Posted 06/05/2009 - 08:18
... and they are pretty cheap too.
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Link Posted 06/05/2009 - 12:33
I used the guide to help me make best use of my camera settings and, with the exceptino of setting up exposure to -1/3 (the K10D tends to under expose anyway), it was all good advice. I was reading on the train, listing things and going home to play with the camera and settings!
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon

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Link Posted 06/05/2009 - 13:16
I can confirm all the above. As a starter, it's definitely preferable to the manual. However, with more experience (and camera use) it gets less required - I didn't bother getting one for the K20D when I upgraded, but then I suppose the feature spec is pretty similar on both cameras so it was unnecessary. I still refer to it every so often though, and I guess at the current price it's probably a snip.



Link Posted 06/05/2009 - 17:18
One I tried and found most useful, was a guide by Yvon Bourque, again written in English , not a translation, see link below

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Link Posted 06/05/2009 - 17:54
Thanks for the advice folks. The Magic Lantern Guide looks very worthwhile and the E Book by Yvon Bourque mentioned by daltoned looks a snip at $5. Anyone else used this?

Pentax K-5/HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro
Fuji X100T


Link Posted 14/05/2009 - 12:49
Thought an update would be useful. I downloaded the E Book and I'm very impressed. He has also written one for the K20D as well.

Pentax K-5/HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro
Fuji X100T


Link Posted 16/05/2009 - 19:16
I bought a download of the yvon Bourque K10D book last night. Sadly it had a file error and would not allow me to save it. I have e mailed the supplier. Will keep you posted.

Enjoy life


Link Posted 17/05/2009 - 08:32
I e mailed them last night and by return was sent login/download details. It worked this time. Only had a few minutes to look at the e book but from what Iv`e seen it looks pretty decent.

Enjoy life


Link Posted 19/05/2009 - 21:06
I have the K10D and K20D Magic Lantern book. The latter has been re-written to cover the additional features in the K20D of course. Both books I rate as very helpful and well written. Different pictures in the K20D book too.

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