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Forum: Pentax K-5 04-29-2011, 01:35 PM  
K5 vs 5D Mark II - Wow, the K5 is insane!
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 88
Views: 31,552
Wow this thread is filled with alot of miss information.

The film vs digital thing is missing one critical factor, latitude! Film ( print ) can handle 4 stops over exposing and not just get detail but very good detail, the DR of Print film is alot greater than you give it credit for, more so B&W but it takes a printer with good experience to dodge and burn the scene together, an art that will soon be lost to time.

Next as much as I like the k5 it can't replace my 5d MKII for my commercial use, maybe the K-3 can :D

The K-5 has closed the gap with FF significantly but remember your looking at a 2+ yr old design with a brand new one. When similar new tech is applied to the future FF sensors things will go back to advantage FF over aps-C again.

Oh and BTW if you need to correct for +/- 4 stops of exposure in images you really need to rethink photography on a whole as a hobby, let alone a career. We all know the 5d MKII sensor has serious banding issues, but correctly exposed the advantage still goes to the MKII right up to 6400 iso.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-14-2010, 05:51 AM  
DP Review comparison of K5, D7000 & 60D shots
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 57
Views: 21,590
Forget dpr, wait for imaging resource's test, they are far more objective and do a print quality comparison which is the real deal vs pixel peeping!
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-05-2010, 07:39 PM  
More Pentax for Harper's BAZAAR Magazine
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 24
Views: 10,884
inspiring is an understatement this stuff is awesome
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2010, 09:08 PM  
Pentax: give Benjikan a K5 and 645D
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 127
Views: 34,823
It depends, here as small as we are on the map I know one newspaper sports shooter who gets the latest nikon anything to play with, the idea is to get the newspaper he works for to buy more. He was playing with the Nikon 200-400 when it was still a rumor. Now he does have to give some of it back but you get the idea.

Now in Benjikans case Pentax could at least use him to test out their cameras, loan him a 645D to shoot another cover, that's alot of good free publicity.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2010, 06:21 PM  
K-5 & 645D photos
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 100
Views: 64,542
The K5 hi iso is actually quite decent, it's not going to make me give up a 5d MkII just yet but it does make me look at the K5 as a reasonable back up or even rough and rugged carry anywhere body.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2010, 06:14 PM  
Pentax: give Benjikan a K5 and 645D
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 127
Views: 34,823
HUH! are they that stupid not to offer a well known pro a freebie, especially one who would show off the gear! Everyone knows canikon gives lots of freebie give away bodies to pros just for the free publicity.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-26-2010, 10:11 AM  
New 645D photos
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 18
Views: 7,528
This canon 5D mkII owner is hopping up and down. WOW ok so when is Pentax gonna do a sub $5000 version :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2010, 10:08 AM  
Pentax in Harper's BAZAAR Behind the Scenes Video & Images
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 9
Views: 3,919
Great stuff Ben
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-22-2010, 01:15 PM  
K-x Sony Sensor vs K-7 Samsung Sensor
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 9
Views: 7,539
Something I would recommend, Actually pick up a canon 5d MKII, 1Ds mk or Nikon D3 anything, hell even a 7D and compare it to a k20D in raw and come back and tell me that statement again. Now if you said a 50D or 90D yes you would be right.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2010, 11:23 AM  
Official Pentax K-5 Specs !
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 365
Views: 102,563
No professional would use a super zoom, plus a 60-250 and a 16-45 and your covered.

What I can't figure out is why people insist on Pentax having a break thru over all other makers? the specs are that of a d7000 and the new sony and if priced the same at least Pentax has equaled nikon and sony, next round they may take the 7D on and they have both raised the bar and stepped up fighting the competition on equal terms finally!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2010, 11:23 AM  
ISO3200 JPEG from 16MP Sony Sensor (from Nikon D7000)
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 96
Views: 27,679
Those D700 sample shows me very heavy handed noise reduction past 800 iso, no defined detail or texture. When we see raw results we'll know better. This is like the 7D vs 5D scenario, the 7D's sensor was out resolving what lenses could project on the sensor making it look soft and muddy, the 5D images just looked that much better. The 50D as well to a point had the same problem but that was due to crappy kit lenses giving people the impression that canon had soft details, washed out colours and no contrast ( well ok it probably is still true for all the xxD series canons still ).

So lets wait to see what the K-5 does in raw first then I'll see if it can join the K20D, theres and empty spot where a K7 used to be in the bag.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2010, 11:09 AM  
Pentax mirrorless/Evil system rumors!?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 323
Views: 91,770
I'll put in my .1 pence, I want to see Pentax do a nex style evil with full K mount, slap a 21mm, 40mm or 70mm limited and it can be a actually pocket sized killer range finder that I can carry around everywhere I want to go. It won't replace a Dslr bu it will make a great travel companion that my Girlfriend won't fuss about having to lug my huge camera bags around.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2010, 10:42 AM  
New Sony sensor SNR on par with D3 FF!
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 38
Views: 9,260
APS sensors are getting better, this is a good thing but so will FF, the real advantage of FF soon will be resolution and DOF all things begin equal. Trust me once you go FF it's hard to go back and noise is only part of it. Also when it comes to noise do remember that it is measured at a per pixel level, so if you have a 16 mp sensor with the same noise as a 21 mp one, pixel peeping it looks the same but that 5 mp extra rez will give you more crop and print abilities. I can make great 17x22" prints from my K20D now but I can make better ones from my 5D when cropped or print bigger ( ya 17x22 is all I can do on my setup ).

Do also note that the R&D that goes into aps sensors will be applied to ff ones soon after, with 150% more area to fill with equal performing pixels FF will have an advantage, or keep the pixels bigger and improve DR and noise. Either way it does justify the premium of FF over APS. Now beyond just noise again personally I was never impressed with the D700 other than noise and performance, over all IQ wasn't all there and with modern noise reduction software ( the nik define plugin for example ) can really negate the noise issue as well making dr and resolution even more important but also pixel level sharpness.

I can ramble on forever on this but lets say yes it's a huge step forward but it's not crushing the D700 or 5D, yet.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2010, 10:36 AM  
Is K5 really only 11 AF points ?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 72
Views: 13,345
once the AF is accurate, as fast as my 5D and there is no sensor heat issues I'll be happy. Happier if it can track @ 7-8 fps to, then I'll revive my DA* lenses and have a k-5 for sports stuff vs rental of a 7D :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-23-2010, 08:20 PM  
K-5: 16MP, ISO25600 and 7 FPS worth the upgrade?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 418
Views: 90,959
As the owner of the 70-200 L f2.8 MKII I can say 3 of my pentax lenses focus ( infinity to close and back, full rack ) faster than it, it's fast but not as fast as my DA 70, 16-45 or 40mm limited. It does kick the snot out of the 50-135 and just about every other zoom lens I have tried.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-28-2010, 10:19 AM  
Wild rumor: Canon and Sony fighting over Pentax?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 56
Views: 19,159
Well there are some sources that stated that ( first ) sony was "looking at" Pentax but it was never clear if it was a buyout, intelectual agreement or other wise. The next rumor ( as there was no fixed source ) was that canon's response was to buy Pentax and then that rumor spread like wild fire.

Truth is the original intent from Sony was never stated, there are reasons why Sony may want to partner with Pentax in some form with their own DSLR sales struggling, Nikon moving to use more non sony sensors and oly still making good head way in the market. Or just potentially to put pressure on Samsung ( sony's new arch rival in the general market ) and remove their camera divisions partner. As it stands it is all speculation with no evidence other than some form of interest from Sony in Pentaxes direction and rumors.

As far as patents go Pentax does have a few interesting patents that may be of interest to both Sony and Canon, but there are other ways to get a hold of those other than buying out the company ( thats what licensing agreements are made for! ) and are normally alot cheaper and more cost effective than doing your own R&D or buying a company for them.

In either case until Hoya says something official I will treat it all as rumors.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-09-2010, 01:44 PM  
Poll: Poll: Buy a 645D?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 36
Views: 6,441
Well if ( or when ) I have an extra $10k, or a client willing to spend the cash for the quality I will have the 645D high on the list.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-25-2010, 12:06 PM  
New Tech to change digital?
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 6
Views: 3,853
Lets see how this new tech scales, as has happened in the past new tech comes out, works but isn't a real game changer or is too expensive and current old tech still forges ahead.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-20-2010, 05:54 PM  
Blog on AF performance of K7
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 40
Views: 7,898
Something again not mentioned enough is not the Pentax cameras AF speed but the lenses!

Shooting with a 16-45 on the k20D it can hold it's own, a limited same thing, put the 50-135 on and suddenly things become painful. Yes the K-7's AF is alot better but even with the 50-135 it slows to a crawl. I would have no problems shooting the K7, the K20D even in most situations vs my 5D or the 7D but not with the 50-135 or any other sdm lens, it's just painful after using 70-200 L glass.

The K-7 brought the AF up to par but the lenses still need faster AF and I mean ALOT faster.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-16-2010, 02:23 PM  
Pentax K-7 Now $919 at B&H today
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 14
Views: 4,030
Damnit girlfriend has the card.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-16-2010, 08:53 AM  
645D is here ...
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 810
Views: 154,560
well my mkII is close enough to the a900/850 and I still want more, if that 645d was #4500 I'd be so all over it now!

trust me, bigger is always better and always will be, also 20x30" prints, dude I want to print posters and billboards that you can walk up to and they look real!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2010, 01:51 PM  
645D is here ...
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 810
Views: 154,560
Ok with all this talk, I want full sized samples to see if it is a worthy investment for a studio :D vs a 1ds mkIV or d3X, 645 lenses are cheap.

So where are my raw samples, anyone?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2010, 01:40 PM  
Options for a K-7x
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 12
Views: 3,844
I'm flattered but Ben can shoot me under the table any day of the week. tho on a bad day :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2010, 05:40 PM  
Options for a K-7x
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 12
Views: 3,844
Oh Falcon, is that all I'm good for now :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2010, 08:42 PM  
Options for a K-7x
Posted By Torphoto
Replies: 12
Views: 3,844
So whats the rumored k-7 replacemnt supposed to look like?

I'm itching to upgrade my k20D as my 5d mk2 spends more time at canon for repairs than I get to shoot with it, also I'm not buying a k7 if a replacemnt is around the corner ( assuming there will be no heat bugs )
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