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The Pentaxian Strikes Back - Action Photography Using the Mighty K-1 II and KP
Posted By: Lmcfarrin, 08-16-2018, 02:59 PM

Coming to a Theatre Near You - Action bird photography using the K-1 II and the KP!!!

These hands on tests will reveal the strenghts and weaknesses of two of Pentax's most popular cameras in regards to action bird photography. However, these tests will not subscribe to what you may be use to in a review.

Site member Lawrence McFarrin (site name LMcFarrin / Aka Lawrence -M-) will have the revered opportunity to put these cameras through their paces by using MANUAL FOCUS ONLY and reveal where the cameras excel and where they struggle. By using manual focus only all K mount lenses, especially vintage takumar lenses get an opportunity to shine as well. The birds of interest will be your everyday small backyard birds - Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Finches, Titmice, Nuthatches, Blue Jays, etc.). Furthermore, the photographs will be made viewable on Pentax Forums.

Lawrence will discuss his photo capture techniques and explain why capturing these fast movers requires manual focus vs. auto focus. Lawrence will also discuss why using lenses of 50MM to 135MM focal lengths produce the most unique/ interesting photographs.

And as an added treat, the K-1 and KP will be battling the Sony A6000, Sony RX10 III, and Olympus OM-D EM-5 with the display of comparison photos. This will be close range rapid fire shooting (photography); K-1 = 4.5 fps / KP = 7 fps / A6000 = 11 fps / RX10 III = 14 fps / EM-5 = 9 fps.

STAY TUNED - The results will be presented periodically over the course of the next 30 days.

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09-11-2018, 06:24 PM   #16
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 mounted with Pentax M 50MM 1.7 lens. Pic has been edited in post. The vintage Pentax lenses work extraordinarily well with the Olympus.

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Pentax K-1 II mounted with Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro lens. Pic has been edited in post. The K-1 II very capable of producing great detail and the 36 MP sensor makes cropping a breeze.
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.... additional photos.

Pentax K-1 II mounted with the Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro. Pic has been edited in post.
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.... additional photos.

Pentax K-1 II mounted with the Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro. Pic has been edited in post.

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... all of the photos I've posted have higher resolution/ detail. My edits are not a exact representation.

I've attached an unedited K-1 II photo for comparison. However, it could just be the Forum zoom function is affecting the resolution details.
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Pentax K-5 mounted with the Tamron 70-200MM 2.8 Macro. Pic has been edited in post. K-5 proves to me it has capable resolving power. However, its processor is inconveniently slow (write to card) for continuous burst / action photography.
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Pentax K-3 II mounted with the Tamron 90MM 2.8 Macro. Pic has been edited in post. K-3 II proving its no slouch and has the needed speed necessary for close and personal bird photography.
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Pentax K-3 II mounted with the Tamron 90MM 2.8 Macro. Pic has been edited in post. K-3 II proving its no slouch and has the needed speed necessary for close and personal bird photography.

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Some great shots in here. Are you prefocusing, and waiting for just the right moment?
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Correct, but to get the unique shots away from the feeder is pretty much the same concept, but more difficult do the unpredictability of the birds.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 mounted with the Pentax F 50MM 1.7. Pic has been edited in post. What I have found very attractive about the micro 4/3 is the 2x crop factor (lens equivalence). I mount a normal focal length full frame lens to the E-M5 and all of a sudden it becomes a short telephoto. My experience using the E-M5 = its fast, excellent resolution, and handles noise at 6400 iso well (the highest iso I use). This shot was taken with in body noise reduction set to off. However, I did use noise removal in post production. The Pentax F 50MM 1.7 is one my sharpest lenses and works very well with the E-M5.
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(Approximately 10-24-18) - I didn't reset date in the camera. EXIF erroneously shows image was taken in 2015:

Sony A6000 mountetd with the Mitakon 85MM F2 (bought lens used from B&H for $119.00). This pic was edited in post. The A6000, like the E-M5 is fast, has excellent resolution, handles 6400 iso noise well (conditionally the highest iso I shoot). However, the shutter flap is loud and reminds me of the Pentax K-30. On one hand, this sometimes startles the birds and produces some missed photo capture opportunities, but on the other hand when the birds are startled by the camera noise and redirect their flight path mid flight leads to some unique and rarely seen captures. I personally prefer a more quiet/silent shutter (quiet = K-5, K1 II, RX10 III / silent = electronic shutter in RX 10 III). After the birds get use to the camera being in the vicinity of the feeder, they tolerate and are not startled away by the more silent shutters.
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