- Camera: Pentax K100D with sensor modified for infrared (only) photography
- Lens: DA 18-55mm @ 18mm
- Shutter Speed: 1/125s
- Aperture: f/11
- ISO: 200
- Processing: GIMP and Apple Aperture
Comments from the Photographer:
Our favorite zoom is the Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR - quite a mouthful of a lens name, but we don't hold that against it!
Its focal length rage is ideal for travel photography, as it is basically a lens that can satisfy most everyday shooting needs. Its aperture isn't as fast that of a comparable prime (non-zoom) lens, but given the excellent high-ISO capabilities of modern consumer DSLRs like the Pentax K-30 or K-5, this is generally not a limiting factor.
Photos in this vacation album were shot exclusively with this 18-135mm on a K-5. We were quite pleased with the results from that particular outing, but how good is this lens really?
We were using the Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited lens while shooting test photos for a review the other day, so as a little side project, we took a couple of comparative shots with the 18-135mm set to around 77mm, just to see how close this zoom could get to the performance of a prime lens. Much to our surprise given our satisfaction with the aforementioned travel shots, the 77mm did significantly better. It would appear that the 16 megapixel sensor out-resolves the zoom at F5.6, whereas the 77mm handily out-resolves the sensor at both apertures tested.
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- Moire: Real World Example
- High ISO Noise Reduction
- Aperture vs Resolution
- Comparative Photos K-5 vs K-5 IIs
- Comparative Photos Continued
- Comparative Macro Photos
All conclusions posted together with the original review remain unchanged. The Pentax K-5 II/IIs are now readily available for purchase from retailers nationwide!
We're happy to finally be able to announce the winners of our September, 2012 "Forests" photo contest! In first place was forum member atnbirdie, who took the photo "Mossy Cave Trail" in infrared (pictured above). This photo was shot with a modified Pentax K100D and the 18-55mm kit lens.
Our runners-up were forum members capelson and chaza01 with "Misty Forest" (left) and "The Common" (right), respectively.
All three winners are now being featured in our winners' showcase, where you may comment on their photos. Stay tuned for a post about the "making of" our winning entry! We'd like to congratulate our winners once again, and hope to see everyone partake in our November "Sports" photo contest!
Despite the fact that many photographers don't like its looks, The Pentax K-01 mirrorless ILC just won the Gold German Design Award in the life style design category. There were 1500 candidates for the award, so the K-01 really did well!
After the recent pice drops the K-01 can be had for about US $349 which is a really good deal. You basically get the excellent image quality of a K-5 for the price of a point and shoot! Earlier this year, the K-01 also won the Red Dot Design Award.
Adobe has just made available a release candidate version of their Photoshop Camera RAQ 7.3 plugin, which allows Photoshop to open, process, and correct RAW camera image files. This new version adds support for the following cameras:
- Canon PowerShot S110
- Canon PowerShot G15
- Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
- Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
- Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
- Nikon D600 (full support)
- Olympus PEN E-PL5
- Olympus PEN E-PM2
- Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
- Panasonic DMC-GH3
- Pentax K-5 II
- Pentax K-5 IIs
- Pentax Q10
After installing this update, you'll be able to open .PEF files from the K-5 II and IIs. The update also adds lens correction profiles for the Pentax Q 06 15-45mm Telephoto Zoom lens.
Since the recent debut of the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs, many of you have decided to upgrade your Pentax DSLR, whether it be to the latest K-5 II for those with the original K-5, or the original K-5 (now only $799) for those with older cameras.
In the US, Pentax DSLRs normally come with one year of manufacturer's warranty, which is fairly standard in the industry. Pentax is a bit more generous in Canada and Europe by offering a 2-year warranty as standard.
For those in the US, assuming that you didn't buy one of the expensive third-party wear-and-tear warranties together with your camera, however, after one year you'll have to pay for any repairs that might become necessary yourself- and it's often the case that things don't start breaking until just after your warranty period expires!
Fortunately, Pentax has a nice solution for this: for under $20, you can get an extended warranty for your camera which extends the manufacturer's coverage by two years, to a total of three. The warranty must be purchased within 30 days of your original purchase, and it only applies to cameras purchased from US authorized retailers. It's valid for the K-5 IIs, K-5 II, K-5, K-30, and K-r: basically all the Pentax cameras that you can buy new. In addition to extended service coverage, the warranty also includes one free cleaning and calibration should you want one. Considering that Pentax's warranty service process is much less painful than that of third parties (mostly because they are unfamiliar with Pentax), we find the extended warranty to be a must-have for any Pentax DSLR owner.
Not many stores carry this warranty, but you can get yours from B&H or Adorama even if you didn't buy your camera from them. We hope that this post saves you a lot of trouble later down the road! $19.95 will protect your DSLR investment for three years- it's a steal compared to the hundreds that Nikon charges for ESC.