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04-13-2008, 06:45 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
The kit lens, by the way, is pretty good anyway.
I disagree.

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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
I disagree.
It may not be high-end glass, but I think it's better than many kit lenses from other manufacturers. It's at least usable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
It may not be high-end glass, but I think it's better than many kit lenses from other manufacturers. It's at least usable.
Depending on what you judge, I think the kit lens DA 18-55 is a nice lens and is better than many recent Pentax digital lenses which are far more expensive. It does feel like an original Pentax in color response, unlike some others which do taste somehow Tokina.
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Thanks for the tip. I may be holding off just to save up the cash.
You do realize that for indoor low light portrait work, SR is only useful if you can tell your subject to hold still right? I have a small child myself, and I don't find SR terribly useful for indoor candids as he's too young to "hold still". And if you have a couple of flashes and umbrellas, again SR isn't terribly useful. It's much more useful to be able to crank up the ISO.

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One thing I keep hearing is how bad Pentax AF in low light BUT I shot in a night club with another photog with a 40D and with similar ( I had a 35mm F2 him 50mm F1.8 ) and my af tho slower locked every time accurately, I would say tho the Canon was faster still has a 35% miss factor.
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You do realize that for indoor low light portrait work, SR is only useful if you can tell your subject to hold still right? I have a small child myself, and I don't find SR terribly useful for indoor candids as he's too young to "hold still". And if you have a couple of flashes and umbrellas, again SR isn't terribly useful. It's much more useful to be able to crank up the ISO.
I guess I do realize that it won't stop motion as well but I figured it would be still usefull when their not moving around too quickly.

In your opinion, is the high ISO performance of the K200 good enough to do just what your saying?
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
But with Pentax, noise reduction is only done by the camera when shooting JPEGs and is adjustable (in camera) only with the K20D. For RAW or not K20D, you must do it during the RAW processing with noise reduction explicitely switched on. Most photo magazine tests don't get this and publish misleading noise figures.
Can you explain this a bit more? If you shoot RAW with a K20D, exactly how do the Noise settings in the Custom menu affect the final image? (You don't have to explain how RAW files work--that I understand well. But how do the settings affect the RAW file?)

And further, the manual says the High ISO Noise Settings are applied to High ISO. Exactly HOW high? 800? 1600? How about lowly 400?

*EDIT* I'm going to ask this as a separate forum post.

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Another thing to keep in mind regarding the Pentax AF performance is that if you raise the flash while focusing in low-light it will fire a few strobes off to help focusing and then focus really well, even in low-light. You can then lower the flash again, if you won't want to use it to actually take the final picture.

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based mainly on brand ego : PENTAX

but seriously pentax bodies a little cheaper, have inbuilt shake reduction reducing lens prices, and if you want a non pentax lens its cheaper than other brands for example the tamron 70-300 is cheaper in the pentax version than in the canon or nikon version

you can focus manually and I would think that would be prefered in portraits, as for speed do you really need more than 3 fps ? the K10D can take 8-10 shots in one burst the K20D can take 35 (so I'm told) I don't know about the canon.
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I love my FA 77 ltd for portrait. I'd gladly shoot a 43 ltd as well. Many here think the 70 is on par with the 77, but the FA lenses are absolute porn...beautiful.



77 on left, 35 on right


mmm, lens porn

advantage to 21/35/40/70 is quick shift for manual focus tweaks on the fly. 31/43/77 you have to flip the switch on the body to manual to do that. For portraits using my 77 it isn't an issue...AF is excellent and if I feel like I'm having a tough time I just flick to manual and go that route.
Oooo! Those are nice! I would love have that 35mm macro. A little too rich for me right now though. I think I'll go for the Tamron 90mm macro instead.

I do like the limited lenses. I may break down and pick up the 70mm one day. Got to have a least one Limited lens.
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The main reason to buy a body is to get the lenses that can attach to it. For me that came down to two words: prime limited. As you can see from further up the list, they are gorgeous, built like perfection and take amazing pictures.

I only have one but will get more when I can afford it... or justify it using some round-about psychological self-deceptive ruse.
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... or justify it using some round-about psychological self-deceptive ruse.
I'm gettin' pretty good at those.

btw: Don't tell my wife I said that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
If you only have the kit lens, you may want to have a look into DxO
PTLens is only 15 bucks, has a free trial, comes with both stand-alone and plugin versions and does everything I need: one-touch lens distortion correction plus perspective, vignetting, de-fish and CA. It's a no-brainer.
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PTLens is only 15 bucks, has a free trial, comes with both stand-alone and plugin versions and does everything I need: one-touch lens distortion correction plus perspective, vignetting, de-fish and CA. It's a no-brainer.
You actually get what you pay for, at least here

PTLens is about mathematically trivial operations as the ones you described above. It does not make your images like from a better lens.

DxO supports a few lenses only. But for those, it is worth every penny because it makes them perform like more expensive optics. Especially in terms of micro contrast and resolution where PTLens cannot help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
PTLens is about mathematically trivial operations as the ones you described above. It does not make your images like from a better lens.
DxO Optics Pro does these same "mathematically trivial operations". If you think DxO gives you "a better lens" then PTLens does too. No magic will add resolution or correct focus or improve DOF control.

DxO does several things besides lens correction. But I do not need another RAW converter, image sharpener, denoiser etc... I already have good tools for these purposes. For what it does, PTLens seems far more useful. Instead of one body and 5 lenses it supports all the bodies and dozens of lenses. Just this fact alone diminishes the usefulness of DxO to near nil, for me at least. $15 is a lot cheaper than $169 for a programme that corrects many more specific lens.

If you want batch processing get DxO . If you need to support FF bodies, get the Elite version for $300. Otherwise get PTLens... it's the Pentax of software... small, great and under-appreciated.
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