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02-28-2012, 04:55 AM   #31
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Jim also replied to my email. I'm very impressed that he took the time and provided some background information. Kudos to Jim!

However, of course, I still take issue with the findings. Here's hoping that Jim will reconsider the review after he had a look at the DxOMark raking where the K-5 sits at #6 (amongst tought FF competition) and the D300s at #38!

Also, it seems hard to believe that PC mag's three bullet "good" is the equivalent of Dpreview's "Gold Award" (which the K-5 received despite being evaluated as a semi-pro camera).

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I call BS. When he's listing things at B&H he's a high toned Leica only shooter but when he gets emails from PentaxForums he's a long time Pentax shooter. Sorry, then there is the Hassy he stole from his dad and never returned. No, his writeup at PCMag tells it all - he inflated his role at B&H from that of cutting and pasting makers descriptions of their products onto the form for listing on their website into having written "thousands and thousands" of product descriptions and blogging for B&H when there were a few and none were...well....oh, never mind. Still call BS.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
I call BS. When he's listing things at B&H he's a high toned Leica only shooter but when he gets emails from PentaxForums he's a long time Pentax shooter.
Could it be Ned Bunnell working under an alias?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Could it be Ned Bunnell working under an alias?
ROFLMAO!

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
The author is Jim_Fisher@pcmag.com

Here's the DxOMark page comparing the K-5 and D300s sensors: DxOMark - Compare cameras side by side
perhaps mr fisher will discount dxomark as it is created by pixies and fairies...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
I call BS.
+1, in all terms.
There's no need to think "at least he let down to answer". Of course he answers when he knows he's caught. The only question is: caught for what.
A wannabe's writing? Advertisers puppet? Or just pure lack of knowledge about proper testing? Let's see.

He claims to compare sensors here.
What he actually compares: At which level an arbitrary trigger was kept. A trigger which is not differentiated between chroma and b/w noise (at least not in the review; don't know, if imatest separates those values). A trigger from an image in a lossy compression format. Created by an unknown JPEG engine. Feed by a noise suppression algorithm. Which is configurable, as he even admits himself.

I *never* regard people this much naive, so I tend to assume full intention on his side.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
...and finds POOR high ISO performance? Are they nuts?
Not sure, but: German mag "Colorfoto" did a review of the K-5 December 2010 (see Pentax K-5 - ▄berholman÷ver - colorfoto - Magnus.de, german) and they too had a strange (result) in higher ISO quality, but for ISO 400 only. IQ for ISO 100 was found extremely good, and even ISO 800 was considered better then ISO 400 (see table at the bottom of the article). But they also stated an IQ better than almost all competitors (except Canon) on higher ISOs (>=800).

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You know, I been thinking about it, and every time someone posts a negative review of the K-5, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth on these boards.

Remember when someone posted an average review on Amazon, and there was a virtual lynch mob ready to assemble?

Chillax. Not everyone's going to like the K5, the D800, or any other product that gets produced. I've even heard a few negative things said about the K-01, if you can believe that!

No one's reading cNet/PCMag -- (well, I wish that was a complete sentence right there, but ..) -- for their camera reviews anyway. So releax, grab a brewski, then go out and take pictures.

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I look at that and think, what was he shooting... is it ever going to matter to me? I'm always looking for the best possible quality landscapes so, I'm always going to want to shoot at the cleanest ISO, and that's probably going to be the lowest one , not the highest one. My K20D though is useful to me right up to 800 ISO, and that works out really well for almost any shot. So more noise at 3200 ISO, I don't care. To some it may be important.... but if that's what brought down his rating... it's not of concern to me, or many others. It's good he wrote the review though because if you do plan to shoot high ISO you might want to take a look at that before you buy the camera. I enjoyed the review, I enjoyed his response, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand what's going on. You can never have too much information. If you shoot colour test patterns at every ISO up to 6400, you might not want this camera.

hmmmmm.... is there any money in that?
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I think we don't reject the test due to fanboyism. I cannot speak for others, but at least for me I regard the test not only as faulty, but actually as highly misleading. Reasons see above. I myself don't regard the K5 ISO capabilities as stellar as others do and am confident the K-5 applies noise reduction even to RAW files (which I highly dislike) at least from ISO 1600 - but what Jim wrote is simply BS.
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A review of the K-5 from PCMag is about as insightfulll to me as a K-5 review from Road & Track.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mahuna Quote
A review of the K-5 from PCMag is about as insightfulll to me as a K-5 review from Road & Track.
You know, if one of R&T's photographers offered a review of the K-5 I'd be interested. But then again, they take pics of lots of moving things that go F-A-S-T so their input would be informed and might provide some insight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
You know, if one of R&T's photographers offered a review of the K-5 I'd be interested. But then again, they take pics of lots of moving things that go F-A-S-T so their input would be informed and might provide some insight.
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