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Pentax K5 with 21mm f3.2 and 35mm 2.8 Limited lenses 5568.75%
Canon 5D MK II with Carl Zeiss 28mm 2 and 35mm 2 2531.25%
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11-12-2010, 11:32 PM   #16
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I usually don't need to stitch as a cropped image (3:1) from the 10-20 looks fine. Just completed a 5 image stitch using the 24-60 which turned out looking ok.
As to print size, it was always my understanding that you could get larger prints from a FF but having had such great results with my K20 maybe that's not such a big issue. Yes you are probably right about the pp headroom, something that would be a huge advantage for me and ideal for landsacpe work. Also less noise apparently with long exposures, another big +.

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40"is a very large print from a non stitched file. I only print to 16x24", surely the K5 would perform tremendously in this circumstance. I really do wonder if a difference would be visible.
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I can tell you that at that size the images look stunning and I am sure with the K5 you could go bigger. As to whether there is a noticable difference, you would imagine there would be but we will just have to see. Less noise and greater DR means more headroom so you could push the images more and still end up with large sharp prints.
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I use the k10D until I got the K5 a few week ago, and the I have the DA*16-50 and the sigma 10-20

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QuoteOriginally posted by pjtn Quote
Do you stitch your panos or just crop out the center?

Do you think the 5D MKII would actually be able to create larger prints? It's not a very big resolution difference. I'm also wondering if the post production might have more headroom with the K5, given the large dynamic range.
Some panos I have stitched, some I have cropped. Some are composed of several vertical shots - that makes for a *massive* image!

But the most important thing for landscapes IMHO is an interesting view at the right time of the day and year. I've seen so many taken at midday when the sun flattens everything out.

Personally I'd choose the Pentax over the Canon for everything as the Canon is just so big and heavy. If the viewfinder and panel on the back of my E510 were as good as those on the K7 I wouldn't even be switching back to Pentax.
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I woul choose Pentax K-5 with Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZK and Pentax SMC-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited
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So by what I can gather here most people don't think the Pentax is at a disadvantage for image quality?
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Oh yeah, that's not a bad idea eigelb. The Zeiss 21mm is a terrific lens. Isn't Zeiss stopping support for ZK lenses though?

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Just for fun, and interest sake, I posted the same poll on another forum. So far out of 8 it's 100% canon.

Someone has made the point of the 5D MKII having better local contrast because of the large sensor. That's definitely an important aspect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pjtn Quote
Oh yeah, that's not a bad idea eigelb. The Zeiss 21mm is a terrific lens. Isn't Zeiss stopping support for ZK lenses though?
Yes but the PK lenses will still be available probably for about 2-3 years from stock.
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Thanks eigelb. I've just sent him a message and looked through those threads. He sounds pretty convinced that it's as good by what I could make out.

On the other forum there are now 11 people choosing the Canon, non for the Pentax. They're all very convinced that the answer is obvious.
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K-5 + da21 + da15
This. And throw in the DA40 for good measure.
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Tell ya what... rent the cameras and lenses from Camera Lens Rentals and see which one you like best. It's really useless to ask what we would use since we are not YOU and as has already been mentioned, this IS a Pentax forum. You are likely to get skewed results and then you will blame us if it turns out you are not happy with the K-5 combo.

Mike

EDIT... Well, never mind. Didn't notice you were in Australia. CLR doesn't rent outside of the US... concept still stands though... find a way to try em for yourself and then decide.
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That's an American rental shop??? I could only dream of renting a Pentax here in country South Australia.

I certainly wouldn't blame anyone on a forum for my own decisions either. All I want to get is a feel for how people think this camera stacks up.

I was also expecting a skewed result, just as I'm expecting a skewed result from any forum. Any other forum on the web will say Canon without even giving consideration to the Pentax. Otherwise more people would be using Pentax.
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