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04-29-2011, 05:54 AM   #136
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
No, more probably it was based on the fact that most (all?) early reviews that included side by side shoots with Nikon d7000 (supposedly same or similar sensor) had the K5 looking softer. Excuses invented for this was bad lens, bad focus, bad photographer, stronger AA, and maybe a case of shutter vs SR blur again.
This is EXACTLY where the discussion started, along with the inevitable threads like this one purporting to show that there was nothing wrong with the camera, or other threads intimating that any soft images were made by dummies that did not know how to use the camera.

I'm glad that Pentax has addressed the issue even if the fix is not always perfect.

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I've seen your drawings, Jim. Remember? Stick to photography.

That sort of hurts my tender feelings Jim......you know how I am.
Back to soft photos....I never find soft photos to be the fault of my camera, the K5 or my previous Pentax bodies. If I fail, or ask the lens to perform beyond its capabilities I get soft or otherwise bad photos, just plain and simple.
I try to avoid being overly critical of my own shots, or those of others.....and look beyond the pixels to the subject matter, the composition and the story the shot may tell.......to me these all outweigh sharpness....in any brand of camera.

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I try to avoid being overly critical of my own shots, or those of others.....and look beyond the pixels to the subject matter, the composition and the story the shot may tell.......to me these all outweigh sharpness....in any brand of camera.
Precisely, just Google: 13 Photographs that changed the world and count the ones that are really sharp. You'll be surprised.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gimbal Quote
No, more probably it was based on the fact that most (all?) early reviews that included side by side shoots with Nikon d7000 (supposedly same or similar sensor) had the K5 looking softer. Excuses invented for this was bad lens, bad focus, bad photographer, stronger AA, and maybe a case of shutter vs SR blur again.
If early reviews did this, it does not explain the persistence of the view that the K-5 cannot produce sharp photos. This thread, for example, has a number of photos that are sharp. Do you say that none are? What is your definition of a sharp photograph?

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If early reviews did this, it does not explain the persistence of the view that the K-5 cannot produce sharp photos. This thread, for example, has a number of photos that are sharp. Do you say that none are? What is your definition of a sharp photograph?
No I didn't say that, I explained where the view came from. But I partially agree, the raw files from my k10 feels sharper when viewed at pixel-level, and yes, I know all the reasons for that.

Most pictures in this thread are not viewed at 100% so they are not really good for judging sharpness in the first place.
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Sharpness is overrated for most purposes, in my humble opinion. Macro.....yes, I want sharp, but in many shots it is just not the defining factor, and getting "hung up" on sharpness will detract from you overall shooting success.

This one...not really all that sharp, but it has "value"....at least to me. Would I delete it because it is not "tack sharp"? No, I'm a realist, not a pixel peeping razor sharp kind of guy.....
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Pentax K-5, kit zoom @21mm, plus 100% scale cropped. Not too bad for a kit lens.



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That could be a fake bike....and this could be a fake Otis.....as an old bike rider myself, maybe we could trade for a week and verify each others shots?
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Satellite in high earth orbit, night of April 27, 2011. Pentax K-5, 10s, F/1.4, 50mm using Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZK lens. In the uncropped scaled down original, the satellite is a short track just to the right of the brightest star - it may be hard to see. The brightest stars are blown out due to light from the lens edge - not a problem I was concerned about in this particular setting. The second image is the 100% crop. Photo taken while meteor hunting. I made the mistake of leaving shake reduction on despite shooting from a tripod, but obviously it didn't hurt. Converted to BW in Lightroom and pushed 4 stops.



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That's my son's bike, Rupert. I don't think I can talk him into swapping it for a squirrel. Fab shot, though. Begs for a funny caption.
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Maybe he would trade for a pregnant Squirrel that has her own corn?
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Anyhow, that was no "Ordinary Squirrel" doing the limb lounging...that was the genuine Otis...sort of the Felix the Cat of the Squirrel world.

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I'm wondering if those who complain about the K-5 sharpness just might need to upgrade their computer monitors so they can see what the rest of us see.
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That sort of hurts my tender feelings Jim......you know how I am.
Back to soft photos....I never find soft photos to be the fault of my camera, the K5 or my previous Pentax bodies. If I fail, or ask the lens to perform beyond its capabilities I get soft or otherwise bad photos, just plain and simple.
I try to avoid being overly critical of my own shots, or those of others.....and look beyond the pixels to the subject matter, the composition and the story the shot may tell.......to me these all outweigh sharpness....in any brand of camera.

Right Katie?
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Wowah!!!

That is one GREAT picture you've got here, Rup!

Now ... wanna share your technique here?

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Common blue butterflies :
No sharpness added in PP. And, i've used extension macro tube, which make the focus much harder. SR was off, lens was a SIgma 70-300APO.
I have the same insect taken with my K200D one year ago, the K5 do a better job.


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I went out into the lavender again today. This time I paired my Tamron 70-300 with a Tokina 2X Teleconvertor and shot at 600mm. I had to go to ISO 6400. The Pentax K-5 is the only camera of its type I know of which can give this kind of detail and texture at ISO 6400. What a camera!

Detail: Pentax K-5, Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD Di macro lens, and Tokina EL 2X Teleconvertor, in macro mode, 600mm, at 1/1600s, F/9, ISO 6400 (yes I had to go that high), TAv AE, manual focus, high speed continuous mode, one of a high-speed burst of 4.

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