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11-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #1
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Prints from a k-r..

I'm less than 2 weeks from having a new camera in my hands.
I think I've settled on the k-r.
Is anyone here using the k-r for prints?
What size/quality or prints can I expect?
I'll be starting with just the 18-55 and 55-300 kit lenses.


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11-19-2010, 12:01 AM   #2
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Hang in there: you'll love it when you get it!

I've only printed a couple of shots on my inadequate Canon Pixma ip3000 and they came out very well considering. That was after a Spyder calibration of the monitor too, so hard to know which had the bigger impact: the calibration or the camera.
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Print quality is important to me as I do make some money selling my images.
I've been able to get some decent 11x14 from my old 6MP kodak digital camera.
I'm just curious how prints from a k-r look (11x14 or larger).
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You shouldn't have a problem. I've recently printed a panorama (this one) in ~28"x12.5" and it turned out just fine. The K-r should do even better.

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Nice shot, Voytech... was that taken with a k-r?
Anyone have experience printing larger than 28x12.5 with a k-r (or a k-x, as I assume they'd be pretty much the same)?
I don't plan to print large regularly, but want to be able to if I want/need to.
I've briefly considered a Canon t2i just for the extra MP (and better video), but the k-r still looks to be a better choice for me.
I'm still unsure of the print quality I'd be able to expect from a k-r, at say, 24x36 or something.
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Sorry forgot to mention, that's a K-x shot. I think there won't be much difference. Both have the same resolution. Now, between the t2i and K-r, I still think there wouldn't be that much more difference.

A 36x24 from the K-r will yield 120 dpi while the t2i comes in at 144dpi. That's a 17% difference. While not negligible, I don't think it's a deal breaker.
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I've got a few cameras in mind... the k-r, t2i, and sony a55.
Have looked at the Nikon d90 as well, but think I've ruled that out.
It's not likely I'll even be printing as large as 36x24 very often right now, if at all, so it's not a huge issue.
However, I hate the feeling I get when I look through old images I've taken on cameras that were under 6MP, and weren't very good in terms of IQ.
Lots of good shots, but many are useless due their quality.
I can print decent 8x10 with them, and with some time in photoshop I can get some nice 11x14... not much chance of going larger though without noise and other problems being very noticeable.

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I don't enlarge any bigger than 8x10. And I don't need a lot of control of the variables. Will a K-r do OK, or should I get a K-5. Currently using a K10, and I mostly take landscapes while on vacation. I really don't go out just to take pictures.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rangerbob36 Quote
I don't enlarge any bigger than 8x10. And I don't need a lot of control of the variables. Will a K-r do OK, or should I get a K-5. Currently using a K10, and I mostly take landscapes while on vacation. I really don't go out just to take pictures.
Sounds to me like the K-r would be the better option for you. By the sound of it I am probably more serious than you but don't print any bigger than 8x12 either as a rule, and I am thoroughly enjoying the K-r. Yes, K-5 has lots of nice stuff, but for my use I chose to spend the price difference on good lenses rather than the body.
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Is there noone on these forums who regularly does larger size printing?
What are the limits of the k-x/k-r sensor?

Obviously, print quality is also determined by other factors... lenses, printing technique, ect... but if all those things were done right how big could a print go and still look good? I know that viewing distance is also a factor, and most large prints aren't viewed up close as often as smaller prints are, but I'm picky and I'd like to be able to see some nice detail even fairly close. Is the k-r capable of this with a 16x20 - 20x30 print or larger?

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What is acceptable depends completely on your own standards. It's hard for anyone to be the judge here. I, would be completely happy with the quality of a 16x20 print from a K-x or K-r. 20x30 would still be very acceptable. To put it in perspective, I'm using two 30" Apple displays. For each one the resolution is 2560x1600. The physical screen size is roughly 25.5"x16". That works out to about 100 pixels per inch. If this was a print, I'd say it's decently sharp when viewed from 2.5'. At this size, the resolution from the K-x or K-x would produce a ppi of 171.
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I have done up to 16x20 with my kx and have been very happy with the results.
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a2 would be fine... bigger if your not getting too close.
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Depends on the PP and on the subject matter. I recently printed a landscape at 40" x 26" and it looks phenomenal.

I had a friend (who happens to be a very skilled pro who has been doing gallary work for years) process them with some fancy "fractal" type resizing software. On the leaves and everything it looks great. It created fake data that makes sense.

Heck I have two of his shots on my wall at 24"x36" and they were shot with a 3MP camera (SD-10 or SD-14).
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Just picked up my first prints from the K-r. Biggest is 12x8, with roughly 15% of the original image cropped out. The image is flawless: no sign of any grain or pixilation at all. Could certainly go a lot larger while retaining the quality.
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