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10-28-2020, 08:00 AM - 5 Likes   #1
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Forest Ecology video made with K-5

I've been producing short videos for the conservation organization I work for over the last year. At first I was shooting with a lower-end olympus mirrorless with decent results, but I really wanted to work with my Pentax lenses and when Andrew Reid over at EOSHD noted that the K-5 might produce the nicest 1080p you can get in a cheap used body other than the Panasonic GH2 I picked up another K-5 without hesitation.

I'm still getting the hand of how to get the best results from it. It's certainly best on a tripod but the SR does respectably for handheld shots, and a cheap shotgun mic improved the audio though it's still not great. A fluid head for the tripod is definitely on my shopping list- panning up trees is something I'm bound to keep doing for similar videos in the future. The footage is great, though. This video is the first I've made exclusively with the K-5, as part of our fundraising to protect a special forest site. Lenses used were the M 50mm f1.7, F 50mm f2.8 macro, and DA 50-200mm. Edited in Filmora.



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Great work!
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Be sure to watch this in a higher rez---Youtube defaulted it to 360 for me!
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Nicely done! I love the sound of the crow(?) that starts cawing at around 1:50. Good luck with your fundraiser. I'll have to mount my M50mm f1.7 on my K-5IIs and try to video some nature.

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Kudos on the video. You did an admirable job explaining what old growth forests are about.

Best of luck with the fundraiser!
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Interesting and informative video.
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Thanks everyone.

QuoteOriginally posted by Apet-Sure Quote
Nicely done! I love the sound of the crow(?) that starts cawing at around 1:50. Good luck with your fundraiser. I'll have to mount my M50mm f1.7 on my K-5IIs and try to video some nature.
The bird in the background is a raven. They've only returned to the area in the last decade or so, along with the eagles. I was lucky that one flew over when there wasn't an airplane going overhead- I had to stop and wait for planes to fade into the distance many times, or just sub out audio from some clips to go with the best visual clips. The bit with the raven is one of those cases.

So far the M 50 is my favorite to shoot video with. I also shot a bit with the 10-17mm for another project which was very interesting, and definitely a challenge.
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Seeing your video make me want to try it more with my K-5.
Thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
I've been producing short videos for the conservation organization I work for over the last year. At first I was shooting with a lower-end olympus mirrorless with decent results, but I really wanted to work with my Pentax lenses and when Andrew Reid over at EOSHD noted that the K-5 might produce the nicest 1080p you can get in a cheap used body other than the Panasonic GH2 I picked up another K-5 without hesitation.

I'm still getting the hand of how to get the best results from it. It's certainly best on a tripod but the SR does respectably for handheld shots, and a cheap shotgun mic improved the audio though it's still not great. A fluid head for the tripod is definitely on my shopping list- panning up trees is something I'm bound to keep doing for similar videos in the future. The footage is great, though. This video is the first I've made exclusively with the K-5, as part of our fundraising to protect a special forest site. Lenses used were the M 50mm f1.7, F 50mm f2.8 macro, and DA 50-200mm. Edited in Filmora.

Old Growth at the College Lodge Forest: Why it Matters - YouTube
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Seeing your video make me want to try it more with my K-5.
Thanks
I share Marc's feelings—thanks for inspiring us K-5 owners to try some video work!
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