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11-27-2015, 04:53 AM   #1
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the k5 versus the nikon 800

So, as some of you have seen on past threads, I recently went on a workshop in tuscany for 3 days and after many problems I had with the 16-50 sdm which decided again to stop focusing I was forced to shoot the rest of the landscapes with my 35mm F2. So, basically throught youd be interesting to check out these 2 500px photos, one taken with my K5 and the other taken by another participant with the nikon 800d. Apart from the difference in focus I was quite surprised how my little K5 turned out against the 800 tank. What does everyone think.

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https://500px.com/photo/130332479/valley-of-orcia-by-matt-bishop

Nikon 800d

https://500px.com/photo/129873049/-a-moment-before-by-filippo-moretti

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They're both just as good to me from the aesthetic point of view. The Nikon has clearly exposed differently (whether the user's choice or the camera's I cannot tell), and so each sets a very different mood. Any person who preferred one over the other could very well be choosing for subjective, aesthetic reasons rather than photographic technical ones.

Personally I prefer yours; the other chap seems to have been exposing for the sky (which he did very well) and you for the ground (which you also did very well). His clouds are better (that's nature's roll of the dice) but he underexposed the land, IMO; a graded ND filter might have made it better. You've got a lovely, warm sunset glow and I don't think yours could have been done any better.

Except for the possibility of a bluer colour cast in the Nikon (which could easily have been a product of the way the user set the colour space), I can't see that the gear made any difference.
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I agree with you totally. It does make it difficult to compare as the images are the same shot, same time, same crop. But I thought it fitting to show you what you can still pull off with a K5 anyway if you are a good enough photographer. I am not saying I am the best out there, but with the right eye and technical know how it surely makes a difference.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
with the 16-50 sdm which decided again to stop focusing I was forced to shoot the rest of the landscapes with my 35mm F2.
You didn't want to manually focus the 16-50, Mattox?

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This is, admittedly, the sort of shot where Pixel Shift would shine. Pity nobody had a K3-ii along!!

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You didn't want to manually focus the 16-50, Mattox?
IIRC his problems went a bit deeper than just focusing issues.
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This is, admittedly, the sort of shot where Pixel Shift would shine. Pity nobody had a K3-ii along!!



IIRC his problems went a bit deeper than just focusing issues.
The front barrel on the 16-50is wobbling slightly and even in manual it remains soft. The 35mm fa did a great job though in the end
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I seem to prefer the d810 shot, just aesthetically, although i wouldn't be able to guess which is which if I didn't know.
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I think yours is really much more pleasant and it matches the feeling of those places. Nikon's one seems cooler and the photographer perhaps missed the time of the shot. Well done!!

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I prefer the Nikon shot, but I think it is more about the lighting and the mood. The lighting is too different for a camera or lens comparison.
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The lighting was surely different between the two. I personally prefer my shot for better sense of DOF, composition and light. But that's probably just me being biased. But, that's not what the post was about. I just thought people would find it interesting to see where the k5 stands against the big boys even though the camera is pretty much outdated.
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This website compares different photos and asks users to choose which format was it (compact, MFT, APS-C, FF). It is usually pretty hard to tell MFT/APS-C/FF apart.
It's no surprise there wouldn't be much difference between D800 and a K-5 at web resolutions:

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mattox Quote
So, as some of you have seen on past threads, I recently went on a workshop in tuscany for 3 days and after many problems I had with the 16-50 sdm which decided again to stop focusing I was forced to shoot the rest of the landscapes with my 35mm F2. So, basically throught youd be interesting to check out these 2 500px photos, one taken with my K5 and the other taken by another participant with the nikon 800d. Apart from the difference in focus I was quite surprised how my little K5 turned out against the 800 tank. What does everyone think.

K5

https://500px.com/photo/130332479/valley-of-orcia-by-matt-bishop

Nikon 800d

https://500px.com/photo/129873049/-a-moment-before-by-filippo-moretti
Why should you see a difference at 2500px images from a landscape? Your lens failed, the Nikon lens did not. Sounds like a big win for Nikon here.
Camera specs suggest that the Nikon will really shine resolution wise and for its AF system, number of available lense, ...
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