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11-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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K-5 IIs large prints

Some background: I make and sell large hand colored black-and-white photos, making prints on Epson 7600 that's been converted to MIS inks. I've been, somewhat reluctantly, a dual system photographer, using a Canon 1Ds and L glass for critical work, especially detailed landscapes.

In general it's seemed to me that the K-5 can produce almost the same image quality, with a bit more work, as the Canon. But that almost has been irritating.

The idea of owning two systems has bothered me enough that I've been on the edge of chucking my Pentax gear and moving to all Canon.

But I heard about the K-5 IIs and bought one.

I've had the camera for about a week now. While I haven't been able to do very extensive shooting with it, I've fired off a couple hundred frames and have made about a dozen prints, ranging from 6x9 to 20x30 in size.

The handful of large prints I've made are all excellent. No more apologies, no more almost. Shooting with care good lenses, good technique my overall impression is that the camera is the image quality equal of anything from Canon right now for landscape work. (It probably doesn't really offer too much competition to the D800e.)

An added bonus is the lowlight autofocus, which is vastly improved.

Anyway, I think (I hope) I'm done worrying about gear for the time being. I plan to go ahead and shoot with the K-5s for a year or so and then reevaluate.

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I meant to add that the IIs files seem to accept quite a bit more sharpening without getting wonky. I've pushed some images all the way to 150 in LR4, with careful adjustment of masking and the other settings.
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Which Canon 1Ds? i, ii or iii ? (!)
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Hi Bob:

Thanks for your experience which is quite fascinating. While I don't own any Canon gear the K5IIs seems to have that extra resolution that I was looking. Agree that it won't compete with the D800e.

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The original 1Ds. While it's got but 12 megapixels, it's uncommonly sharp. And, yes, I should probably borrow a later model or a 5D2 to compare. But I've seen 20x30 pritns from friends who shoot 5D2, and the new Pentax is right there with them.
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Hi Bob,
This is good to hear. I have my new K5 IIs also. I also have LR4.2

Can you please give me the specific steps you make in sharpening and/or noise reduction? I don't do any NR in camera..........
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Dave,

I'm still working out the specifics of sharpening for the new K5.

In general with LR4 I start with a raw file, of course, with no noise reduction added.

(Since I make black and white prints, noise is generally not a big issue for me anyway.)

From there I do a black and white conversion in Lightroom, then push the clarity slider up to about 25.

Assuming I want the entire print sharpened (which is not always the case) I'll then go directly to the sharpening section. With the older K5, I usually start by pushing the sharpening slider to about 100 and then play with the other adjustments to get rid of sharpening artifacts. With the new one it looks like that might make more sense to start with the sharpening slider at 150.

Hope this helps answer your question.

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Thanks Bob,
It's a good start for me. I'll check back after giving it a try...
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Wow sharpening slider at 150? I have LR3 but I don't think that changed a lot. I usually go up to 60 or 70 max on my k-x files.
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Good to hear, I'm still doubting on K-5 II or K-5 IIs.
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I've learnt in LR with the K-5 to be comfortable with the sharpening slider going up to 100, but only if the radius is set low - 0.6-0.8. Otherwise, it's 70 or so for me.

It's interesting to hear that K-5IIs images tolerate 150 very well. I wonder why.
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