Q. I’ve just bought a Pentax DSLR, how can I find out more about it?
A. Congratulations on your purchase. You’ll find your camera by clicking on its image in the Discover the Range menu at the bottom of the screen. From there, you can discover its special features and how they’ll help improve your pictures.
Q. I’ve had my camera for a while but I feel I’m still just taking snaps. How do I improve my technique?
A. Pentax DSLRs and lenses are your key to the world of creative photography and you’ll find advice on shooting specific subjects, such as landscapes, portraits, wildlife, macro and street photography, in the Learn a Technique section.
Q. I’ve just upgraded from a compact camera and the number of buttons is confusing me – how will I remember everything?
A. Relax! You don’t need to learn everything at once. Find your model and then check out the Anatomy section where you’ll find a description of each button or feature, what it does and when to use it.
Q. How do I know which shooting mode does what?
A. In your camera’s module you’ll find a Getting Started page where all the shooting modes are explained. You can start off in Auto or a semi-automatic mode and progress from there.
Q. What makes my Pentax DSLR different from others?
A. Pentax DSLRs have unique features not found on other bodies in their class, like extensive weather sealing, glass prism and Shake Reduction. You can find out more in the Pentax DNA section for your camera.
Q. My camera’s manual says it doesn’t have an anti-aliasing (AA)filter. What does this mean?
A. You’ll find out all about this, and how it helps to improve picture quality, in the Core Functions section for your Pentax DSLR.
Q. I’ve had my Pentax camera for a while and want to expand the kind of shots I’m able to take? How do I do it?
A. When you buy a DSLR, you’re buying into a system of accessories that allow more creative shooting. For instance, you can add more lenses to broaden your shooting options, or invest in a flashgun for more ways to light the subject. Check out the What Else? section for more on Pentax’s line-up of accessories.
Q. I’ve heard that Pentax is about to launch a full-frame DSLR. What does this mean and how do I find out more?
A. A full-frame DSLR is simply one with a sensor that’s roughly the same size as a frame of 35mm film. This is larger than the APS-C format sensors used in DSLRs like the K-3 II or K-S2. You can keep up with announcements on the Pentax website at www.pentax.com.
Q. What is the Pentax 645Z and how does it differ from other DSLRs?
A. The Pentax 645Z is a medium-format DSLR, which means it has a sensor that’s even larger than a full-frame sensor. You can find out more about the 645Z in its own dedicated page, accessible from the Discover the Range section.
Q. I’ve owned Pentax film SLRs and I have several old lenses. Can I still use them on my digital SLR?
A. Yes you can. There are some restrictions in terms of auto-exposure and autofocus, but you can fit older Pentax lenses straight to the camera or using an adapter. There’s detailed information in the Heritage Lenses section.