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View Poll Results: Do you plan to upgrade to a new 20+MP Pentax in 2016?
Most likely Yes 7134.30%
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12-30-2015, 08:55 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by The Squirrel Mafia Quote
Comparing the K-30/K-50 12 bit files to the K-5 & K-5II 14 bit files, the difference in image quality can be noticed from ISO 800 & above.
Interesting. I was on the knife edge for K-30 vs K-5 for a while when my *ist-DL died, and although either would have been a MASSIVE upgrade, it appears I made the best choice in every way. So good, in fact, that I can't justify an upgrade for anything less than the death of my camera AND the appearance of something substantially different and markedly better in every way. (Although had there never been a full-frame or even the thought of one, the K-3 would have loomed firm in my future as the upgrade pathway for my professional work.)

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I have a K5 -If they upgrade the K3II in 2016 and include a tilting screen I will upgrade if the K3II had a tilt screen I would have upgraded then. I believe even though all the attention is going to the FF that they will upgrade the K3II in 2016 and I believe it will be a big one since the refresh of the K3 was a minor upgrade. I am hoping for better auto focus, better video, TILTING screen, I don't need more MP but will take em if they got em. I have no intention of going FF at this time. If I ever (which is doubtful) get good enough at landscapes I will probably just jump right to large format for those.
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I say "no" for APS camera. I really think 16-18 is a good balance point for general performance and resolution on APC-S sensor. Many lenses struggle on NEX-7's sensor. High resolution not only increases the details in the pictures, but also amplifies the short comings of the lens. Chromatic Aberration might count 2-3 pixels (because of small pixel) and looks worse at 100%, not because CA is worse. we might also see unsharp corners for the same reason.
diffraction will show up earlier, at F 5.6, which will also add more un-necessary limit to settings. Diffraction Limited Aperture= pixel size/1.22×wavelength. What shall we do for landscaping or macro? we use F 11-16 often for macro.
The only good thing for high resolution is AA filter can be removed without too much worrying, and we can get more details in the photos.
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I would upgrade to the next better S/N sensor.
So I did from the K20 to the K5.
The K3/K5 is like K7/K20. Basically the same S/N.
And since I am mostly a low-light shooter, this is my main point.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
Interesting. I was on the knife edge for K-30 vs K-5 for a while when my *ist-DL died, and although either would have been a MASSIVE upgrade, it appears I made the best choice in every way. So good, in fact, that I can't justify an upgrade for anything less than the death of my camera AND the appearance of something substantially different and markedly better in every way. (Although had there never been a full-frame or even the thought of one, the K-3 would have loomed firm in my future as the upgrade pathway for my professional work.)
Yes. The difference between the K-30/K-50 & K-5 cameras is not a massive difference, but if you shot the same thing with the same settings at higher ISO, the K-5 series produces better results.

I wanted & still want a K-5IIs camera badly, but they're way too expensive brand new on the interwebs & I'm not big on buying used either 'cause they're still too expensive.

New Pentax K 5 IIS Digital SLR Camera Body Only Brand New 027075220737 | eBay

^ That's the cheapest I have seen for a new one, but it's still too pricey for me. B&H was selling these for $450 brand spanking new in January/February 2015. I could have bought one then, but I would have been limited to a single lens at the time of purchase & I wanted more lenses.


Pentax K 5 II Digital SLR Camera Body Only New 027075220386 | eBay

^ The pricing on the K-5II is even worse.

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12-30-2015, 09:25 AM   #51
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The 14 bit RAW files make a pretty big difference at higher ISOs. Comparing the K-30/K-50 12 bit files to the K-5 & K-5II 14 bit files,
Interesting, I found just the opposite. I couldn't tell the difference between my K-5 and K-01 files. In fact i have and others have compared K-01 images to D800 images and seen very little difference, maybe a resolution difference, but no difference in preference as to which folks liked to look at. Higher resolution does not necessarily translate into a more pleasurable viewing experience. Something the technogeeks tend to completely ignore. And if you can say that a bout a K-01 and a D800, you can definitely say that about a K-30 or 50 and a K-3. I use the K-3 for wildlife and birds, because often by the time the shutter goes the creature has moved, and I'll need to crop. Often in those circumstances you don't have time to frame as tightly as you'd like.

I did look at a D610 once, it was nice, but then the K-3 came out and it didn't have nearly as much to offer with the K-3 being such a dramatic improvement in AF. The low light performance is only improved if you are willing to accept (or want) narrower depth of field. People tend to ignore that. Same DoF, same low light performance.



I do know I don't like the 1EV loss in Dynamic Range between a K-5 and K-3. The 16 MP sensors do have their advantages.

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I've got my K-50 until I can afford another camera (4-5 years...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The 16 MP sensors do have their advantages.
This is another reason I am loath to trade up.

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Higher resolution does not necessarily translate into a more pleasurable viewing experience. Something the technogeeks tend to completely ignore.
I find it surprising that for all their supposed geekery, they miss the fact that a lot happens between the sensor face and the memory card which has nothing to do with the physical structure of either. YouTube's Angry Photographer belabored this point almost incessantly a short while back, and all I could do was nod agreement. Yes, it's nice to have the megapixels, all else being equal, but there is that little thing called signal processing which (pace certain unique and idiosyncratic lens profiles) is ultimately responsible for the way a particular maker's cameras render an image.

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I print BIG. That's my thing.

Earlier this year I went from K5IIs to K3II. I believe that the increase from 16mp to 24mp was noticeable in my large prints.

If you don't print large, there's probably little reason to upgrade - especially if you are shooting RAW files.

However, when you take that "one-in-a-million" potential award-winning photo, you will probably wish that you had a 24mp camera instead of a 16mp one!
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When my 112K+ K5 started acting funnier than usual (not just the AF acting up, but also the shutter button) on a Saturday, in the middle of a 6 days airshow, I ran and bought a used K5IIs (12K+) that same day, and used the old one as 2nd body for lenses <=50mm.


So I'm not salivating for the FF, just waiting to see what it brings in terms of AF, DR and noise, in that order.
Then I'll decide between upgrading the main body to FF when it goes down in price, or waiting for the next APS-C IF they decide to keep doing top notch APS cameras ( instead of a crop friendly FF + consumer APS).
If they drop the K3 replacement, no choice, I'll just have to wait till I can afford the FF + wide angle lens that it deserves.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
I print BIG. That's my thing.

Earlier this year I went from K5IIs to K3II. I believe that the increase from 16mp to 24mp was noticeable in my large prints.

If you don't print large, there's probably little reason to upgrade - especially if you are shooting RAW files.

However, when you take that "one-in-a-million" potential award-winning photo, you will probably wish that you had a 24mp camera instead of a 16mp one!
Interesting, but also pretty meaningless without knowing how big is big.

I think of my 20x30 prints as big, but, I can't say I notice a difference at that size. So, I'm really curious.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dafbp Quote
IF they decide to keep doing top notch APS cameras ( instead of a crop friendly FF + consumer APS).
Bear in mind that even if there are no more APS-C flagships as such, a lot of the improvements that are developed for the FF and its successors WILL be directly applicable to APS-C. So the consumer APS-C three generations from now could (and probably will) end up making the K3 family look like *istDLs in comparison. Maybe it will not have all the bells and whistles, but it will have enough of them to be a fitting replacement. And if they do want to continue an APS-C flagship line, it will be a lot easier to fit an APS-C sensor into a full-frame shell (perhaps with a touch of downsizing, and removal of obviously redundant modes from the menu knob) than the other way around.

Although I have to admit, I'm hoping at some stage for the sort of miracle of repackaging that accompanied the transition from the K to the M series 40 years ago. If they can do that, I'm on board big time.
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I have my K-01 and at this moment no plans for making budget free for camera gear in 2016. I'm going to New York in may and I think the K-01 is just fine.
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I have my K-01 and at this moment no plans for making budget free for camera gear in 2016. I'm going to New York in may and I think the K-01 is just fine.
I think a lot of folks need to investigate more.

"Do I really see a difference, or do I imagine a difference because I know which is which?" Both are possible, and I've seen more imaginary improvements comparing cameras than I've seen real improvements. The odds are, pre-knowledge of which is which clouds your judgement. I'm sure people find differences, Im not saying there is no difference. But, which is more pleasing to look at? My K-01 images stack up with anything I own. I use it anywhere I think is going to be a live view situation. And in that circumstance, I prefer it to either my K-3 or K-5.

Sometimes you just don't want to have to glue your face to the back of the camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I think a lot of folks need to investigate more.

"Do I really see a difference, or do I imagine a difference because I know which is which?" Both are possible, and I've seen more imaginary improvements comparing cameras than I've seen real improvements. The odds are, pre-knowledge of which is which clouds your judgement. I'm sure people find differences, Im not saying there is no difference. But, which is more pleasing to look at? My K-01 images stack up with anything I own. I use it anywhere I think is going to be a live view situation. And in that circumstance, I prefer it to either my K-3 or K-5.

Sometimes you just don't want to have to glue your face to the back of the camera.
I still have to look at images from my last holiday. Not in a hurry. They bring more memory's if I wait longer.
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