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08-04-2016, 08:06 PM - 1 Like   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Floggin Rodger Quote
yeah....... but bigger sensors do yield better results otherwise alot of us would still be shooting istD's
The 20MP 1" sensor in a Panasonic FZ1000 or Sony RX10 series offer very good IQ in good light. Large DoF is about their only drawback for portrait guys like me. The high precision of a fixed lens is also a plus. Good quality APS-C sensors like a K5IIs are very good in low light and offer the shallow DoF choice. I may end up with a K-1 but business wise, I don't "need" it. The 400K shutter life is attractive, as is the option for the larger sensor and resolution when its occasionally needed. I'd be using crop mode a lot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Floggin Rodger Quote
but bigger sensors do yield better results otherwise alot of us would still be shooting istD's
This is true to certain extent. Time is money to a pro. The larger the file the more time it takes in post. It is a balance between resolution and post production time. The most important equipment to a pro is glass. Good glass on a decent body gives as good of results as decent glass on a great body. I don't pixel pep at my photos and my clients don't get a chance to either. So 24 and 16 MP APSC bodies give plenty of resolution. I have printed stunning 13x19 bridal portraits taken on a K10D (10MP).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brooke Meyer Quote
The 20MP 1" sensor in a Panasonic FZ1000 or Sony RX10 series offer very good IQ in good light. Large DoF is about their only drawback for portrait guys like me. The high precision of a fixed lens is also a plus. Good quality APS-C sensors like a K5IIs are very good in low light and offer the shallow DoF choice. I may end up with a K-1 but business wise, I don't "need" it. The 400K shutter life is attractive, as is the option for the larger sensor and resolution when its occasionally needed. I'd be using crop mode a lot.
There quite a margin between 1" and 24x36

Looking a RX10 and FZ1000 sample pictures on Imaging Resources honestly I am not convinced. Not only as you said high iso is quite an issue (even at iso 400). but overall there no that much details or pop in theses pictures overall.

I think it is both a problem of sensors and optics.

If I take a picture with my K3 and a prime, that can be DA35, FA31, FA50 or FA77 as an example, I fell crispy, contrasty, detail pictures that pop. It is quite visible without any need for pixel peeping.

I think as a pro if you were to use FZ1000 or RX10 only, your pictures would lack a little something... On top of the lack of bokeh + high iso limitations.

Sure composition, subjects etc are more important, but I think it would still show for many cases and you'll struggle more to make a wonderful porfolio or get stunning image that delight your clients.
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Yes great things have been done with our Pentax equipment but I'm going to leave this conversation with an analogy.

A great driver doesn't need the fastest car to win a race ..........but it sure does improve his chances and he does need team support!

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What is lost in the sensor size discussion is that this is such a small part of what makes a photo. The most important part is the person behind the camera not the specs of the body in front of that person.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nicolas06 Quote
There quite a margin between 1" and 24x36

Looking a RX10 and FZ1000 sample pictures on Imaging Resources honestly I am not convinced. Not only as you said high iso is quite an issue (even at iso 400). but overall there no that much details or pop in theses pictures overall.

I think it is both a problem of sensors and optics.

If I take a picture with my K3 and a prime, that can be DA35, FA31, FA50 or FA77 as an example, I fell crispy, contrasty, detail pictures that pop. It is quite visible without any need for pixel peeping.

I think as a pro if you were to use FZ1000 or RX10 only, your pictures would lack a little something... On top of the lack of bokeh + high iso limitations.

Sure composition, subjects etc are more important, but I think it would still show for many cases and you'll struggle more to make a wonderful porfolio or get stunning image that delight your clients.
You would get a convincing argument about that from Kirk Tuck
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Hey everyone, I Use pentax as my gear for wedding photography, and I cant see why you cannot use pentax as a pro, the cameras are well designed, and have all specs you need, for example, last month I did the last wedding on my K20D, this is a camera that helped me to get to know in wedding industry in my country. Wanna see my last wedding with this camera and all film stuff are on Nikon F5 and Fuji

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In my opinion for landscape, nature shooting Pentax are brilliant cameras. The only issue might be capturing fast action where you can find better auto focus in other brand cameras. But in overall its just probably the marketing. Pentax was never a big company but its tradition of creating cameras is outstanding.

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I think some high end Pentax equipment is as good as some pro gear from other makes. I'm not a current pro, although I did earn part of my living as a photographer for a publishing company many decades ago. Back then, we...in the publishing company...used Pentax, Nikon, Leica, Hasselblad, Linhof , Mamiya Press. Mamiya TLRs and Rollei TLR. No Canon, but then the Canon F1 came out at the end of my time in this company.

I agree with Kerrowdown ...a camera to a pro is a tool. If the tool works, who cares what the name on the front of the camera says.

Where I see Canikon pro's having an advantage over Pentax pros...would be the speed of getting their gear fixed and ability to get loaners if their pro stuff is down.

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In my opinion for landscape, nature shooting Pentax are brilliant cameras. The only issue might be capturing fast action where you can find better auto focus in other brand cameras. But in overall its just probably the marketing. Pentax was never a big company but its tradition of creating cameras is outstanding.
I don't know about Pentax never being a big company. Think back in the '60's and 70's they were among the best selling SLR's, if not in some years at the top of the heap.

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I took years to get over the "I only have 24 shots" so don't take anything not needed. I now take hundreds of shots and it feels good

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Same here. Sometimes I splurged and felt that I have only 36 shots ...so budgeted my shots out very carefully.
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The only way to do it successfully was to anticipate the action in advance.
Amateur or professional this is good advice
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Coming from Canon i love my Pentax gear... But i do miss some features of Canon ecosystem, such as:

1) Tethering, I know K1 has a LR plugin but I am still using K3 and not likely to upgrade very soon.
2) AF system. Shooting weddings and events with K3 and AF performance is not the greatest i have experienced.
3) Lighting. 3rd party support, lack of P-TTL wireless systems and lack of battery powered strobes.
4) Video. Although i don't do videos too often having a camera that can shoot a decent video can be handy from time to time.

Bonus: Canon 135 f/2L . Only Canon gear i miss
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Any of you that are full time pros feel like you are being held back because you use pentax gear? I'm a full time portrait/lifestyle photographer so I don't see it as a big issue, but what about you commercial guys. We are in such a minority by using pentax that some people don't think we are professionals or serious photographers. What's your take on this?
Well, I use K5IIs, K-01 and K1 for my day job as news photographer for Pressphotos and Reuters.
In the studio as well along with 645 film and etc.
Why - because the Ricoh Pentax equipment is delivering more then my Canon equipment ever did.....it's complicated to explain but I get more shadow details, sharper images and etc. and in the end I get high quality photographs to work with.
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My event work (live music, parties) is at the very low end of professionalism, and as my day job pays handsomely I'm happy to keep it that way.
That said, I have never felt that those in the pit beside me had an advantage with their full frame CaNikons. I keep an eye on their output and I'm confident mine stacks up pretty well.

Lack of lenses? Seriously? Apart from sports super-telephotos and tilt/shift, are their any glaring holes un-fillable by current or available recent legacy lenses?
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Lack of lenses? Seriously? Apart from sports super-telephotos and tilt/shift, are their any glaring holes un-fillable by current or available recent legacy lenses?
I agree with you 100%. There are plenty of lenses to get the job done. Anyone who has not shot with the Three Amigos is in a for a treat of a lifetime. Pair up the K1 with any of them and you have a serious image making machine that would give a medium format systems a run for their money.
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