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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2010, 09:01 PM  
Pentax K-7 still a viable choice in Shadow of K-5?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 19
Views: 5,322
Can only echo what others have said. Unless you really need the better IQ at higher ISO, the K7 is a great buy and a camera that will satisfy. Put the extra cash into a 31mm, 43mm or 77mm prime.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 08:41 PM  
Pentax Needs To Deliver
Posted By tomw
Replies: 77
Views: 7,954
Mr Wyatt, Again, I am not trading in my K20D for either Canon or Nikon, but that doesn't mean that I am blinded to seeing another POV. Here is what DPR said about ISO when it reviewed the Canon 7D: " Despite the highest nominal resolution of all APS-C DSLRs and therefore a very small pixel-pitch the EOS 7D performs very well in low light situations and manages to maintain a good balance between image detail and noise reduction up to very high sensitivities. It's visibly better than the EOS 50D and as good as it gets in the APS-C class (if you prefer the 7D or Nikon D300S in this respect is probably a matter of taste). If you require significantly better high ISO performance than the EOS 7D can provide, your only option is to move into the full-frame segment." Here is what DPR said about the K7 "At higher sensitivities the picture doesn't look quite so good. JPEG noise is visibly and measurably higher than on some of the direct competitors. At default settings the K-7 retains relatively good detail up to the highest ISO settings but shows fairly large amounts of both luminance and chroma noise. Increasing the in-camera reduction will add some pretty heavy detail blurring to the mix. Some rivals, especially the Nikon D300, deliver a better balanced mix of noise reduction and detail retention. However, when shooting in RAW the K-7's RAW noise is pretty much on the same level as the competition. Therefore, for maximum image quality in low light situations your best bet is shooting RAW and applying customized noise reduction in post processing. " Now, I believe that you mentioned that in shooting RAW things are pretty much equal and DPR says as much. However, you have taken an argumentative tone with me and I don't know why. You have as much as accused of making things up and you are quick to denigrate anything I offer. I am sorry if that is your nature. Just because one has a camera, it doesn't mean that they wouldn't like to see a better model, or certain features. And it certainly doesn't mean that they can't admit that other systems may do some things better. Why all the hostility?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 08:22 PM  
Move to K-7 or Wait for K-8/FF?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 60
Views: 11,568
I was directing these remarks to Timichango, sorry for not being clearer
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 08:20 PM  
Move to K-7 or Wait for K-8/FF?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 60
Views: 11,568
There really isn't a great deal of difference in the major DSLRs. What we tend to quibble about can be addressed 99% of the time in Post Processing. I believe that is what Micheaelina is saying. I own the K20D and have posted in another thread that I feel Pentax primes are not optimally served by their DSLRs. That doesn't mean that I believe that other DSLRs are better, but it means that lens technology and resolution is ahead of sensor technology. However, that can be compensated for with programs such as LR. So, what it comes down to is something you posted earlier. You talked about the feel of the K7. I agree with you 100%. Another fps or a few more megapixels or a negligible ISO differential is meaningless if one doesn't have a physical connection with the camera. That is why I would never buy a camera online unless I first have had a chance to hold it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 07:39 PM  
Pentax Needs To Deliver
Posted By tomw
Replies: 77
Views: 7,954
You have listed many attributes that make Pentax a good choice; one reason I have stayed with K20D. Some how or other, some have got the impression that I am anti-Pentax camera bodies and that I prefer Canon or Nikon. Let's start with my original post. I am asking a simple question and I stand by it. I don't care if any other brand has bodies that do justice to their lens line up, I only care about Pentax since I own Pentax primes. I know for a fact that the Canon 7D has faster AF and shhots more fps, but I wouldn't get it for those reason over my K20D. I know that Nikon's D300s is better at high ISO; again I wouldn't choose it. I also know that sensor technology is critical. And, I know that Pentax has, recently, focused on value. Though, this has not been the case with their lenses, which are no longer value priced. What I am saying is that for a few more money., I believe they could deliver a better AF, better high ISO results, and better low light capability. What's the use of having a f1.8 lens if it has to wait on the sensor? I am prepared to upgrade from my K20D when Pentax addresses these and a few other issues that many besides myself would like to see. I will gladly pay the extra money. Now, how is that anti-Pentax?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 05:37 PM  
Pentax Needs To Deliver
Posted By tomw
Replies: 77
Views: 7,954
Whoa..I am not bagging Pentax. Much of what you write is a matter of opinion, just like what I have written. I have nothing against Pentax, I own Pentax. I bet I had my first Pentax K1000 before you were born and I also own lenses from the 60's and 70's. I think that the FA31 ltd is the best lens I own and I would never, ever think about getting rid of my 43mm or my 77mm. But, I am not so sure that their DSLRs are ...and this is the point I am trying to make'.. on the same level of excellence with their lenses. That's all I am saying. Read carefully.
Forum: General Talk 04-16-2010, 05:28 PM  
Could an atheist possibly cause change in the RCC?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 31
Views: 4,597
I am a Catholic and am absolutely outraged by the coverup. When my diocese had to make restitution to victims, it was quickly followed by a request from the Bishop for the faithful to pony up cash. That's when my wife and I vowed not another penny for any general fund or a specified fund that we cannot support. Really, the only solution is to have civil authorities charge anyone, be it a priest, monsignor, bishop, or cardinal, who knowingly does not report child abuse, as a co-conspirator and throw them in jail. Preferably with the regular population.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 05:03 PM  
Pentax Needs To Deliver
Posted By tomw
Replies: 77
Views: 7,954
Perhaps, but I really think that the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D are superior in IQ and certainly AF and low light capability. Quite a few reviewers even find the k x ISO capability and IQ on par if not superior to the K7. I passed on it and still have the K20D and I am glad I did. But, my point in this thread isn't that the K7 in a poor camera (quite the contrary); it is more than serviceable. However, does Pentax make a DSLR worthy of its superb primes. I think there is a wow factor with many primes, that simply doesn't exist with the cameras.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2010, 04:42 PM  
Pentax Needs To Deliver
Posted By tomw
Replies: 77
Views: 7,954
I have given this a good deal of thought and, for me, the jury is still out. Has Pentax made a DSLR that is worthy of its lenses, particularly the primes? I am inclined to believe that they need to worry less about affordability ( the k-x is the choice for people who are budget minded) and offer a DSLR that gives the rest of the brands a run for their money.
I believe that there are many in the Pentax camp who would pay the freight for such a DSLR. Perhaps, I am way off base; it won't be the first time.
Forum: General Talk 04-16-2010, 04:32 PM  
Too big to fail?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 106
Views: 10,300
Like you, I love the inconvenient truths that conservatives love to ignore. For example, the highest spending increases in the history of California occurred while guess who was governor? I'll give you a hint he made b grade movies (and it isn't The Terminator"). The working man has never been respected by Republican administrations. Why? Because their funding comes from the financial and corporate sectors who elect stooges to look the other way while working people, union people are robbed. Talk about drinking Kool Aid, the Tea Party bozos are slurping it up as its dished out by Palin, Beck and Limbaugh. Talk about a trio of BS artists.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-23-2009, 04:50 PM  
DA* 400mm F4 coming!
Posted By tomw
Replies: 140
Views: 36,998
The only reason I have held on to my Canon gear is because I occasionally shoot with the 400/5.6. It is a very good lens, and it is quite easy to hand hold. However, I do not really do much long range photography any longer, and would rather look at filling out my Pentax kit w/ the primes. As one gets older, lugging around weight becomes less and less attractive. There are a lot of folks that want this size of a lens, but for me, its a younger man's game.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-03-2009, 05:04 PM  
Manfrotto tripod and head
Posted By tomw
Replies: 11
Views: 2,717
I have the 190X PROB w/ a Giotto Ball Head. I like it, but probably would reconsider the ball head.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-03-2009, 04:57 PM  
Should I get a tripod?
Posted By tomw
Replies: 25
Views: 2,966
Years ago I decided not to take a tripod while shooting some Native American ruins. It was quite a hike to the ruins, I am up in years, and I didn't want the extra weight. My lens was fairly fast and I was sure I could hand hold. Light at the rim of a canyon can be very deceiving once one starts their descent, many more shadows. And there is always the possibility of a breeze. In short, I should have taken the tripod. One other reason, if you use a tripod I believe you will take a little more time to think about your shot. If your budget allows go for a heavier tripod.
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