Yes that’s the camera I’ve been using to make all those fuzzy, spotty pictures with. At long last I’ve got an adapter to put the old Super Takumar lenses (specifically the 35mm which is a ‘normal’ FL on this camera) on it in place of the truly awful 18-55mm Pentax DA that came with it. Of course it can only be used on manual with the old lenses, but the auto exposure is usually wrong and the autofocus doesn’t work anyway so …
There are still a few spots on the sensor:
Some of these images have been post-processed a bit beyond size adjusting, including sharpening, white balance, exposure correction, and cropping. This was about getting the best out of it, as the worst it can do is easy to achieve: out of 400+ images I’ve taken with this since the start, about 20 are any good at all. It’s been getting better as I managed to get a lot of the dirt off the sensor and switch to a lens that isn’t fuzzier than a bear, but still not a good record (we’re talking image quality only here, not composition issues).
I’m not sure if I’ll try another cleaning or not. The camera has some good aspects, but it has a lot of flaws as well. These are mostly due to age and misuse although some are design issues. On the whole I prefer slightly more MP resolution even though a shrink shots way down all the time. Plus it seems a shame to have automatic features and not be able to use them. Overall the Olympus E-410 was a better buy.
I am now holding out for a full-frame Canon as that is a camera which will actually add to my repertoire (low-light and landscape images).
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You don’t like the 18-55? The one on my K10D is a fine performer. Not outstanding, but more than adequate.
In this case it’s the particular lens at fault; I don’t know what they did with it, but there’s no way of getting a sharp image from it. Blurry at all focal lengths and distances. The coating on the front element is visibly distorted so I expect it has had some rough use/storage.
Ah. So sorry, it’s a useful lens when it’s in good nick.