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12-15-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Field tests K5iis + FA*600

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got my K5iis monday; this new body is dedicated to be used for wildlife shots with the FA*600, so after careful AF calibration and classic test shots (newspapers...) I wanted to test it in real conditions. All shots in raw, developped with lightroom default settings
Female Eurasian Teal :

Found some moiré on a feather on the wing :

Mallard

Very pleased by the results so far; on test shots made on newspaper the differences between K5 and K5iis is perceptible, but not that much.
Fields tests are more convincing; may be because AF is more precise with the FA*600 ? Or less vibrations ?
As expected, moiré can appear but not that much that it could ruin a shot.
For shorter distances, with the DA*300 or DA*200 I'll use my classic K5 anyway.

12-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Nice shots! Adobe Camera Raw has a good moire removal tool that you can apply selectively to the area affected.

Conquering Moire from the Pentax K-5 IIs
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QuoteOriginally posted by goubejp Quote
For shorter distances, with the DA*300 or DA*200 I'll use my classic K5 anyway.
...and why is that so? Do you feel that you dont need the higher IQ when not shooting at higher zooms?
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...and why is that so? Do you feel that you dont need the higher IQ when not shooting at higher zooms?
Cause I'm afraid of moiré on feathers; at shorter distance feather details are more visibme and may induce moiré

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Nice Ducks
If they aren't crops, you must have gotten pretty close.
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Excellent rendition with this fine lens. The moire isn't abhorrent. The detail though is exquisite. Well done and thanks for sharing.
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Looks like a great combo.
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Nice Ducks
If they aren't crops, you must have gotten pretty close.
These are 100 % crops to evaluate combo performance.

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Excellent rendition with this fine lens. The moire isn't abhorrent. The detail though is exquisite. Well done and thanks for sharing.
Thanks; I was really afraid to encounter too much moiré but when it appears it is not that much visible.
With sharpness accentuation detail level is really fine.
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New shots today; slightly cropped this time, original are much sharper
Very pleased with the combo.
1 Goldwinch

2 Great tit; note that there are some slight traces of false color on the wings
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100 % crop of the image - no sharpness accentuation, defaut setting of lightroom.
The sharpness is extremely high, but there are visible traces of false colors, not enough in my opinion to ruin the shot
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Do remember feathers have microstructures which can create a prismatic effect on their own, and some of this could be producing the coloration. I agree, though, the payoff from increased resolution/sharpness greatly outweigh any moire effect.
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