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02-05-2008, 12:57 AM   #1
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PMA 2008 for Pentaxians...good stuff!

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I will be posting all this week about my favorable impression of the Pentax presence at the PMA 2008. My posts will include articles about the new Pentax DSLR cameras and lenses I had the privilege to handle, the two great and friendly Pentaxians photographers I met, (Kerrick James and Julie Quarry), the Pentax USA and Pentax CANADA employees that were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and finally about the Pentax presentation in general during the PMA 2008 tradeshow.

During the two days I spent at the show, I visited most of the major manufacturers of DSLR cameras and lenses. Companies represented, were doing their best to get the visitorís attention to visit their booth. Some had beautiful models posing for the general public, some had bands playing music, some had dancers, and some even had acrobats doing their tricks. Everyone was trying to get your attention. Some were giving free drinks, free candy, free samples, but in the endÖitís all about the product they sell that counts and it has to stand on its own.

The two biggest names in the DSLR camera world, and we all know who they are, had the biggest spaces and it was almost impossible to talk to them and even harder to hold or ask questions about their products. People were crammed in their booths to where it became uncomfortable. It seemed like the consumers were all trying to impress each other with which DSLR model or lenses they owned. I stood out like a soar thumb with my Pentax K10D around my neck and frankly, I loved it. Entry-level and amateur photographers and the public in general tend to gravitate around the big names as this is what they hear about mostly through the Media.


Pentax is not a new company nor is it a small company, but when compared to the two giants of the industry, yes they are smaller. Is that to say their products are inferior? Well of course the answer to that is NO. They may have to work harder to earn our business. Thatís exactly what Pentax has done and indeed is still doing. The K10D was a big success because it was chuck full with innovations and priced hundreds and even thousands below any camera with similar attributes. It was introduced with features found in DSLR cameras targeted to advanced amateurs and even professional photographers, at the price of entry level DSLR cameras. Reviewers all over the world were confused as to what the K10D should be reviewed against. The truth is that there wasnít any other DSLR like it. It had professional features, like weather seals, in-camera shake reduction, dedicated RAW button, glass pentaprism, a new sensitivity priority mode, and an array of other features, some not found anywhere at any price.

Pentax just introduced the K20D and the K200D , along with an array of new lenses. All were displayed at the show and the public was able to touch, feel and try the new goodies. There was nothing under locked cabinets. Internet forums and blog sites all over the world, including this blog site, all have been speculating about what the K20D would bring to justify its purchase. Of course, purchasing a new DSLR camera has a lot to do with oneís particular needs and budget. As far as value for the money, the K20D will still be in a class by itself. It is the only camera in its price range (around $1,200 to $1300 U.S. when available around March and likely discounted even more by the B & H photo and the Cameta Camera of the world) that will boast a 14.6 effective megapixels CMOS sensor with an IQ (Image Quality) unparalleled in the price range, both on a pixel count point of view and on a noise level, or rather lack of noise at high ISO.

We have seen many pictures of the K20D on the internet lately, but none were that convincing as far as image quality versus the K10D. Pentaxian super photographer Julie Quarry went on the Vegas Strip one night during the PMA show, and took several pictures, simultaneously with a K10D and a K20D set side by side and at ISO 1600. She then cropped the images of the Blue Man upper body, as shown in the photos below, so that only the close up of one eye could be compared. The pictures are from the ďBlue Man GroupĒ show at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. I was impressed. I personally will get a K20D and keep my K10D as backup.


The pictures can be seen here: Pentax DSLRs

Pentax K10D, 50mm - 1/15 sec - f/6.7 @ ISO 1600. Taken in RAW format, cropped from 10.2MP down to 2.31MP and saved as JPEG file.

Pentax K20D, 50mm - 1/30 sec - f/4 @ ISO 1600. Taken in RAW format, cropped from 14.6MP down to 2.46MP and saved as JPEG file.

This post is already longer than I anticipated. I love to write about Pentax equipment, and once I start, I canít stop. Return to this blog every day this week and you will get some good information about Pentax and the equipment I tried and handled at the PMA show. Itís all great and exciting news.

Thank you for reading.

Yvon Bourque

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Thanks for the blog/report, Yvon. I took a look at Julie's BMG photos on your blog and have a request. Could you ask her to shoot another, comparable closeup pair with the two cameras, only under identical lighting and using the same exposure parameters? The differences in lighting and exposure between the existing BMG closeup/crops make critical comparison a bit problematic. Also, which lens was used? (I'm assuming the same lens, or at least a pair of the same model, but it would be good to know for sure.) Again, thank you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by christinelandon Quote
Thanks for the blog/report, Yvon. I took a look at Julie's BMG photos on your blog and have a request. Could you ask her to shoot another, comparable closeup pair with the two cameras, only under identical lighting and using the same exposure parameters? The differences in lighting and exposure between the existing BMG closeup/crops make critical comparison a bit problematic. Also, which lens was used? (I'm assuming the same lens, or at least a pair of the same model, but it would be good to know for sure.) Again, thank you!
The differences in exposure SHOULD have made the 20D softer. The colour difference is the improved WB on the K20D.
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I agree that it's mainly a WB issue, plus the K10D photo is slightly out of focus.
Are these 100% crops?
Would you mind providing the originals?

Here are the two slightly corrected:



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Pentax K20D at the PMA 2008

I have gone back to my blogsite and and revised the close-up photos of the Blue Man eye so that by clicking on it, it opens the file to its full cropped size. You can see more of the details. Several people have said that the K10D was slightly out of focus, but in reality, I believe that it is less clear because it produces a smaller file of 10.2mp to begin with. Both cameras were on tripod, from what I understand.

Take another look and come back to PentaxForums to share your thoughts.
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All I can say is Wow!!. After you look at the full sixe images you really see the difference. If the K20D looks that good for all 1600 ISO photos them I'm sold.
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After having seen the full images I am still more convinced that the K10D image is out of focus.
It is pretty clear that the K20D will provide better images, but I think these images are not the best proof.
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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
After having seen the full images I am still more convinced that the K10D image is out of focus.
It is pretty clear that the K20D will provide better images, but I think these images are not the best proof.
I agree, the K10D looks slightly out of focus. I am pretty sure it is not just a matter of the resolution. It also appears slightly underexposed compared to the K20D photo.

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