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11-29-2012, 07:05 AM   #1
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Strange Encounter with the K5IIs

Suddenly the DA* 16-50 seems to have less CA @ f2.8. Perhaps they compliment each other? I never had that much details with K5 and any lens with my fish models. And the zippy auto focus... Happy camper I am

The let down was the AF-C, it is still a hit and miss affair.

11-29-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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Painfully sharp. Nice shot!
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Is that with flash? If so what combo? Truly amazingly sharp and clean and I've seen many, many and many aquarium shots.
11-29-2012, 08:07 AM   #4
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I mentioned this in another post about PF..

upon receipt of a new K-01 a couple of weeks ago I was testing the camera with my 77 Limited, which can really put out major amounts of PF on my k10D. On the K-01 with original firmware the shots were showing PF even worse than I had ever seen it before. I was afraid that it was something in the K-01 that was faulty it was so bad.

Well.. I went ahead and downloaded the new 1.01 (?) firmware and using the same lens could virtually not make PF if I wated to.

I feel like Pentax has installed expert treatment of lens correction in firmware that is in at least the K-01 new firmware and the K5 IIs that makes a night and day difference, maybe for all APS-C firmware done after a recent date. I havent really noticed this with the K-30 but havent really been watching it

I have been trying to discern whether the regular K5 II has such an update as well thought there is not yet a significant user base/sample base for the camera as yet. I have also been trying to discern what the overall effect of such correction has on the "rendering" mostly in regard to overall color in use of these cameras. I absolutely love the K5 Classic color reproduction and wonder if it has significantly changed with this new level of firmware correction. I do know that my K-01 is very pleasing in this regard and the answers to these questions will be a big factor in my purchase of a replacement for my K10D

nice phishphoto BTW

11-29-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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Wow, that is really nice. So, the af isn't that great at low light?

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QuoteOriginally posted by desmoface Quote
So, the af isn't that great at low light?
How do you read that in what he said?

Without putting words in his mouth, AF-C was not great for him. Otherwise he said AF was zippy and he was a happy camper.

Also that shot is a great result for 1/80 sec, plus shot through aquarium glass.
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Darn, you just made my choice between the k5iis and the K5II a lot harder
Great shot


11-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #8
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Thanks for the comments guys. I had kick myself if the k5 ii and k5 resolution are identical. I am pleased with k5iis.

I didn't use any Flash at all. Iso @400. Imagine the sharpness if it was iso 80.

I don't think it is about firmware. I shoot raw.

I am not sure if the sr is improved as well? The Sr was on.

I never thought f2.8 with the 16-50 could be that usable

11-30-2012, 01:55 AM   #9
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Very nice cichlid too!
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damn… making me heart-sick over my old crew of African cichlids. :-( I had those guys for almost 10 years by the time the last one turned it in.
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Thanks guys. This is a South American cichlid. A rare wild caught azul that cost around a limited 31 :P
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He looks really cool… How big is he? The biggest of mine grew only to 3.5 inches or so, but this guy looks like he might be bigger (or is it just your lens?)
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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
Darn, you just made my choice between the k5iis and the K5II a lot harder
Great shot


I would have thought it would make your choice easier.....I get my k5iis in a few days. Can't wait.

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