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09-04-2013, 11:02 PM - 1 Like   #256
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Good idea... let's keep this thread alive! ― Kildare de Luxe car show featuring The Straight Pipes Trio. K-5 with DA* 50-135mm f2.8...



















We had to stop to put some air in a tire before the show. This was not staged!! lol! (my good friend Lewis). This was shot with a Fujifilm X100s, not with a Pentax.


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Some K-5 recents from a local campus gig, all with the Tamron 28-75. (I also took along the K-x, with an older Sigma 105mm macro 2.8 attached, and I found that worked really well as a gig combo).


Guitar duo
1/100 /3.2 ISO 6400 55 mm


Red smoke
1/125 /2.8 ISO 6400 75 mm


Three faces
1/100 /3.5 ISO 2000 43 mm
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One from a amateur dramatics show of the stage play 'Little Voice' taken on the K5 with the 50-135 that I got at the dress rehearsal

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Me again. Some shots from a gig on Tuesday evening:


Guitar and drums
FA 50, 1/100 /1.6 ISO 6400 50 mm

I was quite pleased at how the colours came out in this one.

Drums - Adam Corocher
Rokinon 85, 1/100 /1.8 ISO 6400 85 mm



Guest vocalist - Alisha Todd
Sigma 105 Macro, 1/80 /2.8 ISO 6400 105 mm
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I'm on my phone so can't link photos, but I prefer my K5 for concerts over my other cameras. just peek at my Flickr for my recent sets
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This was a very difficult one, owing to the smoke machines, poor lighting, etc. The equivalent ISO (added exposure in post) brings it up to roughly about ISO 8000+. So I took a different approach and wanted it slightly more film-like and a bit more classic in appearance, so with the good of each type, to some extent.



DELUGE PHOTO: Nachtgarm

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By K-r with DA*60-250
The Two Stars by K-r -

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DA*300/4 and Aaron in concert -

By K-5 with DA*60-250
http://www.dchome.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1224632&extra=page%3D1

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QuoteOriginally posted by dsport Quote
By K-5 with DA*300
Well done.
This is the first time I've seen the DA*300mm used at a concert. It seems to work great. Some interesting bokeh reveals itself too.
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The rest of the set is here; DELUGE PHOTO: Hamfer (Hamferd)
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Was wondering if any of you folks tried shooting concerts and low light events with the newer K-3? If so, is the auto focus in low light an improvement over the K-5 and K-5II/IIs? And do high ISO pictures show more or less noise than with a K-5 with the new 24 Mp sensor and all? I shoot in low light a lot (with a K-5) at ISO 3200 up to 6400 and was wondering if I should stick to a K-5IIs or wait for the K-3 to decrease in price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Into The Lens Quote
is the auto focus in low light an improvement over the K-5 and K-5II/IIs? And do high ISO pictures show more or less noise than with a K-5
The K-3 AF is an improvement over the K-5 in low light - more confident, quicker, and more useful when the light level gets real low. High ISO noise is certainly no worse than the K-5. I've found nothing to worry about there.

The dual SD card slot is also very handy at gigs, esp if you shoot a lot.


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I got a K-3 because I wanted a K-5 backup/2nd body. When I bought my K-3 it was only $100 more than a K-5IIs, so it was an easy upgrade to make at the time. Now that K-5IIs prices have dropped quite a bit below K-3 prices, it would be hard not to just go with the K-5IIs. At least with the K-5II, all the buttons and switches are in the same place as the K-5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Into The Lens Quote
Was wondering if any of you folks tried shooting concerts and low light events with the newer K-3? If so, is the auto focus in low light an improvement over the K-5 and K-5II/IIs? And do high ISO pictures show more or less noise than with a K-5 with the new 24 Mp sensor and all? I shoot in low light a lot (with a K-5) at ISO 3200 up to 6400 and was wondering if I should stick to a K-5IIs or wait for the K-3 to decrease in price.
Ben,

Im using both K5 & K3 for concert / event photography under lowlight.
I usually shoot with either Pentax 50-135mm or Sigma 70-200mm. I've been using the Pentax 35mm Plastic wonder sometimes.
I never shoot above ISO 6400 and 80% of my concert pics are below ISO 1000, I use PP to enhance light later on.

The AF is way better on the K3, the Sigma-K3 combo especially is great !
There is something that I hardly explain, K3 noise is more visible when zoomed in on the screen, it's also "uglier" than the K5 when zoomed in but I find it's easier to correct under Lr5.3.
I usually print 30x45 cm on fine Art paper (Negatif+ is my lab) and noise is never visible at theses size. Same for K5 to be honest.
I've recently printed a 60x80cm pic from ISO 1600 taken with K3 and I was blown away by the quality, the noise could be seen by exert eyes but my customer never asked me anything about it The sharpness was simply stunning but I guess you would have the same with K5 IIs.

I dont have pics to share, they are all still private, but I have theses from a Ballet company called KAKANDE which came out great in screen and in prints.










I think the most important changes are in some of the options of the K-3 :
  • Dual SDCard - I feel more confident when it's a paid gig
  • AF lock and tracking - Way better especially in conjonction with the AF button and AF-C mode
  • All around speed of the K3 in menus, checking images etc.
  • Burst mode is amazing for dance shooting, in this case I set the AF to speed priority instead of focus priority

The smallest AF points are really a important improvement for me as well....
and the sound of the trigger is less noisy with K3 which is important when you shoot accoustic music like I often do.

Im still using the K5 and I dont think Ill sell it, it's a marvellous machine for concert photography !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Into The Lens Quote
Was wondering if any of you folks tried shooting concerts and low light events with the newer K-3? If so, is the auto focus in low light an improvement over the K-5 and K-5II/IIs? And do high ISO pictures show more or less noise than with a K-5 with the new 24 Mp sensor and all? I shoot in low light a lot (with a K-5) at ISO 3200 up to 6400 and was wondering if I should stick to a K-5IIs or wait for the K-3 to decrease in price.
I have! But the lighting was so abysmal.... The good news is that the AF is stellar.





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