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03-05-2012, 10:26 PM   #31
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ISO 16,000 (!) with the sigma 150-500mm on the k-5 on a very dark and rain-soaked day in Geelong, australia. It was the first time i'd used the camera for sports, and i have to say that the weatherproofing add's a level of confidence that you don't appreciate until you need it. for parts of the afternoon I dialed in 1/1000th shutter in Tav mode and let the camera pick the iso. Focus speed was pretty good, but i'm finding that other camera qualities are important too. I could never have got the shots with the k10, for instance, as the shutter speeds would be way too slow.

by the way, that's a jpeg, no PP at all other than resize. I think this camera's high ISO abilities help to make up for slow glass (other than DoF control), which was one of the big appeals for me. and if we can get pentax or sigma to build a fast tele zomm, i'll be set.

and one at iso 6400:

I suspect that AF systems etc will make a couple of other camera's better options for pure sports use, but i also suspect there will be plenty of work-arounds for the k-5. I couldn't have asked for worse conditions in which to debut the camera and lens, and still managed to get a few shots that the club will use on their website articles.

Last edited by saladin; 03-05-2012 at 10:36 PM.
03-05-2012, 10:37 PM   #32
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I was just doing sports photos at the Surfing here in Oz.

Here's the link to the thread, all AF, shot with the K-5.

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