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10-27-2008, 08:01 AM   #16
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We're at the point where we have enough information to print images at fairly large sizes finally...though I'm sure Ben's large poster/wall sizes could always use more resolution
Actually, the opposite can be true. If you look at a larger poster or billboard you will see the low resolution... individual dots will be distinct. For smaller prints and fine art 240dpi might be enough, for advertising posters something like 30dpi and billboards go down to 2, IIRC.

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It's funny how something like this makes people want the camera. It's all about lighting and the lens. Sure I have a K20D and it's a great camera, but this is no reason to upgrade.
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It's funny how something like this makes people want the camera. It's all about lighting and the lens. Sure I have a K20D and it's a great camera, but this is no reason to upgrade.
Yes this is true but, it is in the quality and rendition of the pixels that I find interesting. Very film like.

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Now let's try with an *istD
you would need a truly perfect shot to blow up a 6mp image to A2 size and not see the pixilation.

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It's funny how something like this makes people want the camera. It's all about lighting and the lens. Sure I have a K20D and it's a great camera, but this is no reason to upgrade.
its also about megapixels..

why do you think the art director thought it was a MF shot? because even on an A2 spread the quality (and i'm going to take Bens word on this) was superb

no amount of light and lens is going to add pixels which then have to be blown up beyond any real ability.

now, if all you do is shoot for internet 800X600 images, then you might as well stick with any camera.. and any lens!
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Very nice image!
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Yes this is true but, it is in the quality and rendition of the pixels that I find interesting. Very film like.

Ben
I have really that felling.

When I upgraded from K10D to K20D (and also comparing with shots from my compact Pana LX2) I had the feeling that the K20D is producing a grain that is much more like Film than the other cameras I used. In particular in high Iso the K20 grain is much more homogeneous than on the K10D.

At the end that produces an effect that can be very nice. I tend to add some chrominance noise reduction and not luminance to accentuate it.

Anyway, fun to see that low mid-market cameras can achieve such results in good hands that it can fool the sharpest eye.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Yes this is true but, it is in the quality and rendition of the pixels that I find interesting. Very film like.

Ben
That is an interesting observation Ben. Do you feel these qualities are significantly different than your K10D?

Thanks,
Ken

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That is an interesting observation Ben. Do you feel these qualities are significantly different than your K10D?

Thanks,
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Yes Ken absolutely. I still have my K10D's and as strange as it may seem and please forgive me if I offend, I do not think that 100 percent magnification on the K10D is accurate nor correct. In observing the images closely, I find that between 90-95 percent is closer to the truth i.e. prior to seeing the pixels. With the K20D, even going to around 105 percent the evidence of pixels is more subtle.

The difference in sensors i.e. Sony vs Samsung is quite flagrant. It is really like two totally different camera's or more specifically and this may be a good thing, like two bodies with one using Fujichrome 50 and the other using Kodakcolor Gold 100 negative film. The K20D being the Fujichrome.

One more observation. The K20D has a smoother gradation in how it renders images. It takes better to interpolation than the K10D does. However, a little secret. Want your images to look smoother with the K10D. Up-size the image in PS using Bicubic Smoother by 1 or so percent. You will find that the pixels are now not as harsh, nor as evident as they were prior to doing so.

OH, one more thing. Great Glass HELPS a Lot!

Here is the other image he commented on..

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I have been wondering why you didn’t use Medium Format or FF digital, but if you really get this kind of quality out of the Pentax DSLR line, then I guess there is no need to go in for overkill.
It is not the first time that you fooled some directors like this, but it is spectacular each time.
You’re really showing the pinnacle of what Pentax is capable of. And this is just another dreamy masterpiece. Some work I like more than others, but all are with very fascinating focus on the lighting.

Impressive shutterspeed, and thanks for supplying the info.
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keep going Ben... keep going,
and please don't jump the ship
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The difference in sensors i.e. Sony vs Samsung is quite flagrant. It is really like two totally different camera's or more specifically and this may be a good thing, like two bodies with one using Fujichrome 50 and the other using Kodakcolor Gold 100 negative film. The K20D being the Fujichrome.

One more observation. The K20D has a smoother gradation in how it renders images. It takes better to interpolation than the K10D does. However, a little secret. Want your images to look smoother with the K10D. Up-size the image in PS using Bicubic Smoother by 1 or so percent. You will find that the pixels are now not as harsh, nor as evident as they were prior to doing so.

OH, one more thing. Great Glass HELPS a Lot!

Here is the other image he commented on..

Ben
That makes tip #3 from you that has been very very helpful! Thanks. I think I'll live with the K10D another year in hopes the K20D upgrade uses the same sensor and addresses a few issues that are important to me.

Thanks again,
Ken
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Yes this is true but, it is in the quality and rendition of the pixels that I find interesting. Very film like.

Ben
I've been shooting the K10 and K20 side by side for a few months now and I have noticed this as well. I also noticed what you had mentioned regarding up sizing. I was simply curious as to how the image would handle being increased in size and was really surprised by that as well.

I was saving for a 31mm limited, but then I ended up picking up an IR converted D-S from Frank, so that lens will have to wait. For now I've got Sup Taks in front of my K20
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Benjikan, do you use inbody stabilization or tripod when shooting these?

You are a master photographer. I wonder are you using either Antishake or Tripods when working? Do you find antishake function improved with K20D over K10D?

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Yes Ken absolutely. I still have my K10D's and as strange as it may seem and please forgive me if I offend, I do not think that 100 percent magnification on the K10D is accurate nor correct. In observing the images closely, I find that between 90-95 percent is closer to the truth i.e. prior to seeing the pixels. With the K20D, even going to around 105 percent the evidence of pixels is more subtle.

The difference in sensors i.e. Sony vs Samsung is quite flagrant. It is really like two totally different camera's or more specifically and this may be a good thing, like two bodies with one using Fujichrome 50 and the other using Kodakcolor Gold 100 negative film. The K20D being the Fujichrome.

One more observation. The K20D has a smoother gradation in how it renders images. It takes better to interpolation than the K10D does. However, a little secret. Want your images to look smoother with the K10D. Up-size the image in PS using Bicubic Smoother by 1 or so percent. You will find that the pixels are now not as harsh, nor as evident as they were prior to doing so.

OH, one more thing. Great Glass HELPS a Lot!

Here is the other image he commented on..

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"C'est pas vrai"
Interesting story.

You say "close to A2" and A2 at 240 dpi resolves 22 MPixels at most, so the 15 MP of the K20D haven't been a limiting factor, indeed.

The real story, of course it that the K20D is able to render all pixels. Which has a lot to do with an excellent lens, exact focus and good lighting.
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