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12-09-2009, 05:49 PM   #31
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My impression, based on lookng at other people's images (since I own neither camera) and reading the very detailed analyses be people like GordonBGood, is that K20D's advantage over the K-7 in the noise department is almost entirely due to difference in the amount of NR done to the RAW files, and that if you process them yourself (even if just to apply a preset) you can get virtually identical results.

I suppose if you really need the camera to do the job for you, then you could experiment with the different "high iso nr" settings in your camera. But you'll never get nearly the same level of control you get by doing it in PP - agan, if with just a simple preset you create yourself that is optimized for what kind of tradeoff you like to see between noise, detail, and artifacts.


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12-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
My impression, based on lookng at other people's images (since I own neither camera) and reading the very detailed analyses be people like GordonBGood, is that K20D's advantage over the K-7 in the noise department is almost entirely due to difference in the amount of NR done to the RAW files, and that if you process them yourslef (even if just to apply a preset) you can get virtually identical results.
I can see why you might see it this way. However, I think there are also sensitivity handling differences between both units as well. Having shot with both units, I tried my best to clean-up the K-7 to either match or exceed the K20D up to ISO3200.

Unfortunately(despite my best efforts), I was not able to retain nearly any of the detail I could with the K20D. A scenario that stood fast with or without NR. Another "very" interesting issue between the two units was that the K-7 seemed to have a much cleaner(or consistent) noise patterns than the K20D. Yet... I was never able to coax the K-7 into retaining anything near that of the K20 after all was said and done.

All in all, I found the experience to be as frustrating as it was disappointing because I really wanted to get on-board with a K7 this year.

So... we retaliated by picking-up another K20 until Pentax puts out their next model.
12-10-2009, 04:52 PM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
Can someone teach me how to read that chart? The larger the number on the Y axis means the more worse it is off with noise?
Yes, so K-7 black noise isn't so good, but the other two are pretty good.
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