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|12-23-2015, 03:17 PM||#31|
Well done on all levels.
|12-23-2015, 09:34 PM||#32|
simply amazing images to accompany an excellent review. I believe your background has led you to a quality of process that few would take the time and effort to replicate.
|12-24-2015, 02:21 PM - 2 Likes||#33|
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences! Although I don't use a medium format camera (K-3) the way you describe your workflow does give a very good insight in how to achieve better landscape photo's. That is valuable information, regardless of sensor format. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention your photographs; they are stunning. Well done!
Thank you for sharing! That was helpful and inspiring. You work is fantastic and I am in awe of your work. All of your photographs are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for hauling that heavy equipment to all those wonderful places. I know there is so much work to create those beautiful pictures. It is a job to get to the scene and then have a scene when you arrive. Great work and thanks for sharing. I hope to have a medium format one day.
Thank you for taking the time to write this and post your wonderful images. I have all the equipment you list, other than the 25mm, and agree with all your observations. I have been a Pentax owner since 1972 when I purchased a Spotmatic. I have observed over the years that the company had a devotion to the image, for me it started with the 8 element Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and continued through many other lenses for 35mm, 645 and 67 (an 800mm ED 67 lens was not produced to make money). When Hoya acquired the company, something was lost. Ricoh appears to value and assume the legacy of Pentax as a unique brand, let's hope their outstanding products and devotion to the image continue.
Thank you for an insightful and quality review of the Pentax 645 system. The quality of your images speak for themselves. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience with Pentax Forum users - it is this sort of information sharing that makes this Forum such a useful and unique place.
Could the Pixel Shift system seen in the K-3ii provide a similar benefit (used to fill in complete color information for each pixel rather than to increase the resolution even further)? Since your style of shooting already requires multiple exposures and a tripod anyway...
A wonderful read and as I scrolled down to the images, I was simply blown away by them. I really liked how everything is presented in a tempered and considered way and not those bravado "my kit is best" "gushing kid with a new toy" type user impressions that is all so common nowadays.
Hark Lee, you really need to post more here! Your shots are amazing and it is clear that you are someone who has taken the time to learn his gear and how to get the most out of it. You had posted a few years ago some of your thoughts when you were still using the 645D and those were great shots then -- these are better yet. Please continue to share your thoughts and few photos of your ongoing work. They are much appreciated.
Possibly because Hoya's interest was only ever a technical one, and only in a part of the company. Ricoh, OTOH, used to make SLR cameras themselves, so there's a part of Ricoh that still understands photography. Perhaps they also still remember that they followed Pentax's lead in taking on the K mount, so they respect the Pentax legacy.
Very interesting! And such beautiful images. They make me want to get out my camping gear and hike to the nearest mountain with beautiful views. But first I would have to save up for a 645z...
You speak of the advantages of increased resolution when using the 645z. Lenses that can match the sensor seem to be in short supply. Hopefully that will change in the future, as generally sensors are increasing and so lens technology will be forced to keep pace. Imagine super resolution on a 645z. And you like mirror lenses. Well, yes, they have some advantages, primarily low cost, low weight, small size, and complete lack of CA. What about an autofocus mirror lens like Minolta used to make... it would be a great drawcard for Pentaxians... we like to be a bit different! The technology already exists. I am sure almost everyone on this forum would like a 645z if they could afford one.
Interestingly, you post got me thinking about other ways the 645z high resolution and high IQ could be utilized. In terms of taking advantage of the 645z for gigapixel panoramic photography, there seems to be only one guy using the 645z (Joe Towner) and he has only posted 3 panoramas to date (and the gigapan website hosts more than 113,000 panoramas). But the details he captures are pretty amazing. Zoom in here and you can recognize faces in the crowd at the far end of the stadium, using a 200mm lens.
I’ve always drawn to panoramas and try to do more, but it’s also very challenging to execute well when the light changes by the second and you need to secure certain depth of field. Using a telephoto lens to do gigapixel panoramas is very interesting, but it faces the same issues; ever-chaning light and depth of field. Though I am very interested in using one of these automated panning heads, I will let you know if I get a chance to try one out. Thanks for the link too, I will make sure to check it out.
Valuable even after all the others and after 18 months on the street. Yeah, there's some weight in your pack, and I wholeheartedly agree with you about Pentax trying to lighten things up where possible---but not sure it's completely possible with a system like this.
A side point---yes, the images are excellent. I have a serious quibble, though: the titles. Duchamp said titles were like invisible paint. Yours have an emotional/sentimental bent that the images don't need---and are also not of equal quality to the images. When you look at the work of the greats, in photography and other media, the tiles are often bland. In a few cases (outside of photography, I'm thinking of Duchamp, Johns, Rauschenberg, Beuys off the top of my head---but excepting the surrealists) the titling has mysterious overtones. In any case, good titles leave room for the viewers mind to make its own associations, as opposed to overtly directing them.
These titles may help your images sell. If that's the case, then more power to you. I found them distinctly off-putting.
Great info and even better images! I made the jump to the 645Z for my landscape photography less than a year ago and I think I may be set for the next 20 years with it. I can't image I will ever need bigger file sizes as the prints you can get out of it are huge and impressive. I also can't really imagine any significant improvements in image quality. I also have the 28-45 (it is in fact the only 645 lens I have) and it is the best landscape lens I've ever used - no CA!!! Wimps who want tiny camera bodies but don't want the ultimate landscape camera need not apply
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