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First concert shots with the K-X
Lens: 50mm Camera: K-X Photo Location: Opera House 
Posted By: juicebox, 04-06-2010, 07:35 AM

Hey all,
I love going to concerts and taking photos, so the k-x seemed like the Pentax camera to go with (i was using the K200D before). I went to see a band called Beach House last week and these are some of my favourite shots from the night. I was shooting between 1000-1600 ISO and at an aperture between F/2.0 - 2.8.

Side note: my pictures don't seem to come out as sharp with the K-x compared to the K200D. I'm thinking it's a problem with me, as opposed to the camera. If anyone's got any tips please let me know =)







The rest of the set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44225968@N08/sets/72157623616794607/
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Not sharper than K200D at lower ISO, you mean?
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Not sharper than K200D at lower ISO, you mean?
not necessarily. I just did a comparative shot with the two cameras and these were my results. Both were set at ISO 800, 1/60, F/2.8. I even scaled down the the k-x photo to match the k200D. Both have not been processed and these are 100% crops.


k-x


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To me the k200D seems sharper =/
When i was processing the concert photos, I noticed a lot of details were gone (facial features & hair) and I don't remember it being as bad with the k200d. Not sure if it something i've set up wrong.
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I have a k200d, not a K-x, but from the comparisons I've seen K-x is significantly better than K200d at high ISO, which may mean that your camera has some defect. Because the pic taken with the K200d is clearly cleaner than the other one. Maybe someone who has both cameras will say more.

UPDATE: I checked image-resources' comparometer and K200d's output does seem to show more detail than that of K-x at ISO 800...

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I would love to have this high ISO performance from my K200D. Nice shots
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I wonder if the camera ISO was left on auto if you would get more detail, the Kx does a pretty good job at high ISO with not too much noise.
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Yuck, K-x does look bad!

Are these tripod / set on a table?
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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
I have a k200d, not a K-x, but from the comparisons I've seen K-x is significantly better than K200d at high ISO, which may mean that your camera has some defect. Because the pic taken with the K200d is clearly cleaner than the other one. Maybe someone who has both cameras will say more.

UPDATE: I checked image-resources' comparometer and K200d's output does seem to show more detail than that of K-x at ISO 800...
Thanks for looking into that. It kinda sucks that the k200d is still sharper at ISO 800...cause in a lot cases (concerts) i might be able to manage with ISO 800. However, the K-x is significantly smaller and would perform better if i need ISO 1600-3200.

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I would love to have this high ISO performance from my K200D. Nice shots
Yeah I really love the K200D. It's such a solid and quality camera. I got the K-x for concerts, but convinced my brother to sell off his Canon Rebel and shoot with the K200D (didn't take too much convincing lol) cause it was such a great camera.

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I wonder if the camera ISO was left on auto if you would get more detail, the Kx does a pretty good job at high ISO with not too much noise.
hmmm not sure maybe i'll give that a shot and see what happens. I've heard and seen such great high ISO shots with the K-x, so I'm convinced that I'm not using it to the best of it's capabilities either with the camera or in PP.

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Yuck, K-x does look bad!

Are these tripod / set on a table?
The cameras were set on a table. Both used the same lens (50mm f/1.4) and same ISO, aperture and shutter speed. I was kind of shocked at the results. If i'm taking a picture of something relatively close, the K-x seems to give out some pretty detailed pictures. If the subject gets further the details begin to get lost. For the concert, I was closest to the drummer and as a result, I got some good detailed shots of the drummer. The other two members of the band were far away (I cropped the shots so they seem closer than they actually are) and in a lot of the pictures, you can't really make out their facial features. =/


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take a look at the "Kx in White" thread on Mexico, a lot of the photos have high iso's and quite good. It appears this camera can push the iso and does pretty well. Bob
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i shoot concern once before using my 55-200 lense, it was really good, and thanks to the nice high iso of kx.
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Got a chance to shoot another show. I posted the pics up on this thread https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/96895-people-2nd-concert-k-x-better.html
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gotta love the kx...great shots
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