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    gtmerideth
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    Pentax, that old company.

    Between Sean Reid's review and a price I couldn't refuse, I acquired a K10D.
    Nice small camera.

    So along came the K20D and I wanted to see if the claims for a sensor with more space between elements producing less noise and 50% more pixels, were in fact with merit.

    The glass offerings of the Pentax line varies from the norm, putting it politely.
    But two benefits exist. The Zeiss ZK lenses and the opportunity to use the legacy glass which includes literally millions of lenses. Also, as a kicker, there have been several users who have discovered that Nikon lenses fit the K mount without an adapter. Won't lock so it's a little dicey. And with very little modification to the K mount, one can succesfully mount Contax/Yashica glass and still retain all normal functions for Pentax glass.

    So, I trotted out and purchased a ZK 50/1.4 and am waiting for the 100/2 macro and the 28/2 new "Hollywood" to be in stock. And the files are very nice.

    Last week I shot an orchid display and sale in low light conditions at 1600 and I have attached an example. The files are pretty clean and certainly acceptable. I understand that 1600 and 25,000 are different. The K20 is considerably less in cost.

    Interested to hear others plus and minus comments.
    g.

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Another view where the noise is more obvious.
    g.

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    with the ZK 50/1.4

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Any pics at 200 or 400 iso with Zeiss lenses?

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    I'm very happy with my K20d (see other thread). The 50-135* lens is very sharp with high contrast, and the FA77ltd is absolutely sublime. I've looked at the Zeiss macros, and you can still find the occasional Voigtlander 125 APO around. Older MF Pentax glass is still cheap and good. But I'm waiting for the 35ltd macro to show up. Spoiled by AF and quickshift.

    The camera has its quirks, but I find the UI and ergos to be better than any Canikon. AF isn't as good, but high iso is totally acceptable for my uses.

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    Just received the ZK 28/2 shot at iso 100. CA needs some attention.
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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Quote Originally Posted by gtmerideth View Post
    Just received the ZK 28/2 shot at iso 100. CA needs some attention...
    Can you show a larger picture?

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    Here you are LCT. The file loses a small amount of it's accutance. My posting technique is most probably responsible.
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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Hey g. I noticed your reference to your "posting technique". I can recommend Jack's Actions to prep a file for posting. If you use PS, it's a great tool and a good way to help support the site.

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    Thank you gtmerideth. Would you mind to post a 100% crop?

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    LCT, I've been trapped in a hospital for a week plus but I'll catch up.
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    Tim, thanks so much. I will work it out.
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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Quote Originally Posted by gtmerideth View Post
    LCT, I've been trapped in a hospital for a week plus but I'll catch up...
    Sorry to hear of this, hope you'll recover soon and well.

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Joined the Pentax K20D crowd because I was smitten by the special image quality of the Pentax 31mm ltd. An exciting lens to use. Love it already. Joel

    1:1 crop
    f/5.6 1/2500 ISO 400 K20D no pp
    Last edited by Joel.Gottlieb; 7th May 2008 at 15:36. Reason: added info

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joel.Gottlieb View Post
    Joined the Pentax K20D crowd because I was smitten by the special image quality of the Pentax 31mm ltd...
    Very nice. Could you show the bokeh of this lens?

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    Re: Pentax, that old company.

    bokeh example Pentax 31mm
    hand held, high contrast light, severe crop, tweaked highlight recovery
    ISO 400 f/3.2 1/125

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    Smooth bokeh indeed. Thank you Joel.

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