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11-14-2012, 03:43 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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K5IIs at Grand Canyon

I've been very pleased with the K5iis on our vacation.

On the way to Independence Pass

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Looks fantastic!
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The whole series looks exceptionally good, so sharp and colourful.
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Yeah, so crisp and vibrant! What lens(es) did you use?

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Well if these are any indication you've got yourself a winner! Nice shooting.
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Wow these are spectacular! +1

Maybe some horizon straighting needed by wow these are spectacular!
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Great stuff, What lens and what Post Processing?

11-14-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone . . I'm pretty sure I used the 15mm prime on all but the goats and that was the 300mm f/4. The processing was quick and dirty . . not much put to it yet. Used LR4 and just added some from the clarity setting, a little vibrance and some sharpening. I did not align the horizon -- as you can see

Coming from a K5 the auto focus is much better and the detail in the shots has been a huge improvement. I'm posting a shot of a raven that I took and I know I would have had a difficult time getting the detail with my K5. The raven shot is with the 31mm and a good bit of cropping. I have not had a chance to check out the low light ISO but I can tell you the the auto focus in low light is great.

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How about shots with no sharpening?
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oooooh man.... gonna have to prepare the wife on why I need another camera especially when I told her that the k5 was so great I could live with it for several years might have to get some black paint for the "IIs"
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QuoteOriginally posted by pastorbbc Quote
I've been very pleased with the K5iis on our vacation.

K-5 IIs seems to be the one to get if you first have the glass to get the best out of the package.
Well ..... to get the best out of the centre part of the glass anyway. (FF next year? ... maybe.)

I notice in flickr you took a D800 (& 14-24 / 2.8) along for the ride. Looking at flickr sized images I couldn't tell the difference to the K-5 IIs.

In your opinion do you get 2 x more for your 2x pixels and 3 x money?
11-15-2012, 12:12 AM   #13
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Goats? I think those are bighorn sheep - ewe and lamb. Love all the shots. It is thirty years since I was at the Grand Canyon. Takes me back a bit. The K-5 iis looks like it does the job. My K-01 arrived today (all the way from Adorama) and I am just waiting for the battery to charge.
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Great photos! I especially like the colours. They look a bit deeper to me than what I usually see.
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LOL yes, they are big horn sheep.

I did take the d800 with me as well as the K5iis. I can notice "some" difference in the end product. Is it worth the extra money? I would say yes for the professional photographer . . especially in high ISO work and the ability to manipulate the photo in processing with the d800. For the D800 at 36 MP you can do a lot in post processing and with the amount of detail that you get. Both cameras have their advantages. I had just gotten the K5iis so I wanted it on the trip. Now that i've tried it out I would only take one camera, if I were to go back today . . . I'd take the Pentax. Main reason is that it takes great photos and it is "light" and "portable." At 61 I get very tired of carrying the weight of the Nikon lens and camera when I travel/hike etc etc. For the photographer who does this for a hobby (I am in that catagory). . the Pentax IMHO can't be beat for what you get.

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