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08-02-2014, 06:12 PM - 1 Like   #5491
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Those are some of your best. Those dogs aren't sleeping, they're listening
08-03-2014, 03:23 AM   #5493
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I've had my 645z now for a couple of weeks and I haven't really shot anything yet that I'd be allowed to post but I will say something. Overall, I'm highly impressed by the IQ of the files I'm getting.
For one example, we shoot last week for a large software/hardware company. There were ambient and strobe scenarios. I have older MF lenses as well as up to date current ones, there was a full mix in the edit. I shot with my Canon 5d mk3 as well. The client received a rough edit with only global corrections (LR) that was 50%Pentax and 50% Canon.
He came back to me with 10 picks, nine of which were Pentax and the one Canon file was a 17mm "drama" shot.
So as far as a blind taste test goes, the client loved the Pentax much better, even asked me if I had "treated" them.
Thanks, will post some images soon.
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08-03-2014, 12:34 PM   #5494
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I had the opportunity to get a hold of a 645Z early on and did a test using the Z mounted with a FA645 150mm 2.8 lens for some beauty shots. All test images were taken in a studio and the lighting used was a Broncolor Scoro battery pack (very stable and accurate color) using clamshell lighting with a Para 88 overhead and a small Broncolor soft box for fill on the lower, and a third rim light from behind. In my limited time with the Z, I quickly solidified my opinion that this camera has a lot to love. It's functionality, handling and ease of use for a medium format is unprecedented. I was pleased with the focusing and even the couple of lens I used exceeded my expectations (I frequently use Hasselblad lenses which never disappoint IMO so I was concerned about the IQ of the Pentax lenses. The performance of the 150mm and 55mm laid my fears to rest). My initial motivation for the test was to see how the Z would stack up to my Hassy CCD medium format, specifically regarding skin tones, color accuracy and that magic tone that CCD's tend to have. In spite of the overwhelmingly number of positives that I encountered with the 645z, I did experience a great deal of frustration in one area, color balance. No matter what adjustments I made, the skin tones were not accurate. When I tweaked the color temperature to favor the skin, the background went way off. If I adjusted the temperature to get the background accurate, the skin tones seemed to suffer. No matter what I did, I could not get both the background and skin tones to be true to life color, especially both at the same time. Thus, I set it on Auto WB and figured I would sort it out in post. When I shoot with the Hassy, the color is spot on for both the background and skin tones, both at the same time, with little or no fuss at all. With that said, I was able to make the anticipated adjustments in post and although it took some extra work, I was very pleased with the end results. Again, there is a lot to like about the 645Z. Lastly, I'm not sure if my frustration with the color accuracy in a studio environment was due to a driver issue (although the jpg was off as well), my unfamiliarity with the camera, or was due to the camera's processor, but it is certainly an issue that I need to look into more before I permanently replace my existing equipment with a Z. I've included a sample of the processed image and I plan on posted more samples at Stills and Video . If anyone else has had the opportunity to use the 645Z in a studio environment, I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences regarding color accuracy and skin tones.

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08-03-2014, 01:46 PM   #5495
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Those are some of your best. Those dogs aren't sleeping, they're listening
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A couple more from Mumbles:





And some more of the dogs in the garden this evening:









08-03-2014, 03:21 PM - 4 Likes   #5496
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Cross posted from film forum.

Crater Lake Pentaptych.

This kind of a rough first try at doing this kinda thing.
These five frames were shot in succession as separate frames using a Pentax 645N medium format film camera and Kodak Ektar film. Each frame was scanned, edited and then slightly cropped to fit together (by eye), no stitching software was used.
There are a few issues, and I think that I will rescan and redo it next week, but overall it turned out pretty good.



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08-03-2014, 07:16 PM   #5497
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Very nice, Colton!

QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Cross posted from film forum.

Crater Lake Pentaptych.

This kind of a rough first try at doing this kinda thing.
These five frames were shot in succession as separate frames using a Pentax 645N medium format film camera and Kodak Ektar film. Each frame was scanned, edited and then slightly cropped to fit together (by eye), no stitching software was used.
There are a few issues, and I think that I will rescan and redo it next week, but overall it turned out pretty good.



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SMC Pentax-FA 645 45-85mm f/4.5
Kodak Ektar 100
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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Crater Lake Pentaptych.
The horizon looks nice an level and each scan matches the next in color and density. Darn good job I'd say.

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#4 is a really enjoyable pose. nicely captured and love the ear over the paw.
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Very nice, Colton!
Thanks Mike.

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The horizon looks nice an level and each scan matches the next in color and density. Darn good job I'd say.
Thanks Tuco.
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village chief of yacata island with granddaughter.
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Two photos (from one RAW) from the Lake District. Have increased saturation a bit which gives a slight Velvia feel to it and a B/W conversion of the same in Silver Efex

Pentax 645Z FA 33-55



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here's a new one from San Rafael, CA

China Camp

645D & A 35/3.5
238sec using Hoya NDX400 9-stop ND filter
see it on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/14800069936/

here's another:


645D & D FA55, 15sec

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08-05-2014, 05:02 PM - 1 Like   #5504
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Some from Amsterdam:

Pentax 645Z DA 25 Dörr 10 stop: f/11 165 secs ISO 400



Kenko ND 8 f/22 301 secs



FA 45 - 85

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f/5.6 45mm

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
here's a new one from San Rafael, CA

China Camp

645D & A 35/3.5
see it on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/14800069936/
Very nice image Mike.
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