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Forum: Pentax K-70 06-30-2016, 12:59 PM  
K-70 makes a difficult decision even harder
Posted By pericombobulation
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So I had a chance to re-shoot the Milky Way behind the lightpole on the Harwich Jetty on Cape Cod, using my new K-S2 and O-GPS1. I think the results are very promising!

Harwich Jetty

It's not perfect, but this was literally the first day I spent with the K-S2, so I was still very much in learning mode. It's really not that different from the K-30, K-01 and even my old K-r, but any little change is significant, especially when fumbling around in the dark! I also realized after I got there and got set up, that the battery in my remote control had died! So the milky way portion of this combined picture was literally taken with me holding my finger on the shutter button for about a minute and a half with the camera in bulb mode! Still, the galactic core looks pretty good to my eye. With a bit more practice, I'm sure I can do even better.

So far I love the camera. Biggest improvement over the K-30 is the articulating LCD screen. I used to think that an articulating screen was for wimps, but oh boy was I wrong. I is soooo convenient sometimes! The following shot I literally could not have gotten without it, because in order to get the framing I wanted, I had to position the camera on my backpack, which was wedged down low, between two boulders. It would have been really hard to see the LCD screen if I hadn't been able to swing it out and tilt it up:

Paine's Creek, Brewster

The K-S2's extra resolution and filterless AA are noticeable when pixel peeping. I haven't had the chance to compare shot for shot with the K-30 or K-01 yet, but I'm pretty sure that the detail I see when zooming in during post processing is quite a bit better than I've seen before.
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-20-2016, 12:57 PM  
K-70 makes a difficult decision even harder
Posted By pericombobulation
Replies: 20
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Thanks for the info - I ended up getting a really good deal on a K-S2 from B&H - I don't know if I can post the price here, but it was very reasonable and included the new 18-50 kit lens and the flash. I don't actually need either of those, so I'll probably sell them and recoup some of my money. :-) Considering I can now sell the K-30 as well, this will be a pretty inexpensive camera upgrade. I also sprung for the O-GPS1... don't tell the Mrs.! I'm really dying to try the Astrotracer functionality. We're going down to Cape Cod this weekend and I know of a few good places that are at least reasonably dark and afford a view of the Milky Way to the South. Looks like the weather should be clear and the moon won't be rising until a few hours after the sun sets, so hopefully conditions will be perfect. I already have something to compare it to. The picture below was taken with my K-01 (same sensor as the K-30), with no Astrotracer:

Harwich Jetty

It took quite a bit of tweaking to get the image this far. Light pollution in the area certainly doesn't help. It will be interesting to see what the K-S2 and O-GPS1 can do with this same subject.

The Cape should be a good dry run for our big trip to Europe. Caliscouser, here's what's in my lens stable at the moment:

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (Great lens, but a bit heavy, so I'm not really looking forward to lugging it around!)
Pentax-D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro
Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED
Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL
Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC

I guess I'd have to include the new 18-50 kit lens too, since it is going to be coming to me soon with the new K-S2. Technically, I could take all of these... but I'm aware of the need to pack light. If I were smart, I'd probably leave the Sigma at home in favor of the much smaller and much lighter kit lens. But the Siggy is a really great piece of glass and I'd hate to leave it behind. I could also leave the Samyang behind, but that's just such a fun lens that I'll probably end up taking it anyway. So that leaves the D-FA 50 and the DA 35. Technically I've got that focal range covered... but they are the two smallest lenses I have! And most of my filters are 49mm. Decisions, decisions!

Thanks again for all the info and opinions everyone!
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-13-2016, 12:29 PM  
K-70 makes a difficult decision even harder
Posted By pericombobulation
Replies: 20
Views: 4,111
Wow, I'm glad I asked, thank you everybody for your replies! I honestly just spent the past 15 minutes reading ALL of your responses 3 and 4 times and letting the words sink in. And like I said, I'm glad I asked, because you folks have helped me narrow the field. RGlasel makes an excellent point about the potential for me kicking myself down the line if I spend big now, only to watch Pentax come out with something even more awesome a few months down the line. So I guess the K-3 II is out of the running. And BigDavePhoto is probably right that the timeline for the K-70 is cutting it too close to our trip. So that narrows it down to the K-S2 and the K-3, with the possibility of buying a (preferably used) O-GPS1 unit just in case I get lucky and conditions are right for some Milky Way shots, with the possibility of reselling it upon our return.

So OK, I'll poke around for the next week or so and see if there are any compelling deals on a K-3, and if not, go with the K-S2.

Thanks again everyone - this was most helpful!
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-13-2016, 09:06 AM  
K-70 makes a difficult decision even harder
Posted By pericombobulation
Replies: 20
Views: 4,111
Your thoughts and comments are appreciated, my fellow Pentaxians. We're going on a big trip to Europe on July 12th, and I had planned a camera upgrade before we go. I had been debating between the K-S2, K-3, and K-3 II, but now I have a 4th option - the K-70! The fiscally responsible side of my brain tells me what I should do, which is to buy the K-S2, because it is affordable and still a sweet camera. But I'm lured by the other options as well. The two main factors that concern me are:

1) Resolution, with respect to cost. I'd like to make some large prints when we get home, so resolution is very important to me. BUT... if the real-world resolution of the 24 mp sensor is only marginally better than the 20 mp sensor in the K-S2, then it would be hard to justify the extra cost.

2) Low light performance, also with respect to cost. I have decided to not bring a flash on the trip, so I'll be working exclusively with ambient light. Some indoors, plenty outdoors, some evening/night shots. So low light performance is important, but then again, I really have to keep an eye on the budget.

3) Astrotracer. I would LOVE to come back with a few milky way shots with castles or something in the foreground. Haven't used Astrotracer before, but I'd be anxious to try. The caveat here is that because of moonrise/set, I'm only going to get a couple of nights to try it anyway, and if the weather on those nights doesn't cooperate, then I may not be able to try it at all. I'm aware that the K-3 II is not the only camera with this feature - for that matter, I can buy an O-GPS1 and stick it on my current K-30 if I really wanted to save money! So I don't know how important Astrotracer will be, nor even really how well it works.

Decisions, decisions... Part of it depends on when the K-70 will begin shipping. The release dates just say July, but WHEN in July? Would it arrive before we leave on the 12th? Any advice is appreciated!
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