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i received an old dslr as a gift and i'm wondering if it's any good.
its a pentax k100d with the 18-55 kit lens.
body review
lens review.
i'm not planing on buying a lot of lenses and i'm not even sure if i'll buy any so the brand name isn't a concern to me just the quality of the camera. also i don't know if its really old but it's not on sale and it's only 6mp ( yes, i know that pixels != quality ) so i assume it's pretty old.
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It is pretty good, better than most point-and-shoot of 10+Mpixel. 18-55 lenses are pretty standard on DSLR although it would be interesting to find out if the objective has image stabiliser.

The best way to find out how good it is is to grab a few shots and see for yourself, you won't waste your time.
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its a fine beginners camera. gratz

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It is pretty good, better than most point-and-shoot of 10+Mpixel. 18-55 lenses are pretty standard on DSLR although it would be interesting to find out if the objective has image stabiliser.
its a pentax so it has sensor shift stabilization.
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I still shoot a 4 megapixel camera, don't worry about the lower megapixel count
    
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well i read the guide here and made some shots. mostly they were crap. it's just that there's so much to remember like white balance, iso, exposure etc.. but still should there be so much noise at 800 iso? and im totally crap at composition, any way to improve this or is it a thing that you can't learn?
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It's an older camera, so noise will be visible at lower ISOs...
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well i read the guide here and made some shots. mostly they were crap. it's just that there's so much to remember like white balance, iso, exposure etc.. but still should there be so much noise at 800 iso? and im totally crap at composition, any way to improve this or is it a thing that you can't learn?
For WB, I shoot in RAW and correct in PP. For me, ISO is also tied into exposure so it's not something "extra" to consider for me. Personally, I just shoot at the lowest ISO possible that still gives usable images. In the end though, I do get it's a lot of stuff to consider. The only way to ingrain it is to practice enough so all these thoughts become "natural" to you.

As for the noise, it's to be expected from an older DSLR. Older DSLRs have a bit more noise at ISO800+. It's still miles away from point and shoots though
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the noise looks like luminance noise.....try running the raw through LR or noise ninja
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forgot to set to raw on the last one so i made some tests today.here are iso1600 and 3200 with noise reduction using photoshop.1600
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its a old aps-c dslr, you cant expect it to shoot as clean as a d3s.

it looks pretty good actually, i think shots are useable up to 1600iso in a pinch. worry less about noise and shoot more.
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