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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Still playing around in SEP2.

    Tell me if you want some moire.

    (WOW..... .....funky bokeh)








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    Rockpiles (near Ehukai) with the DA 300mm






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    (WOW..... .....funky bokeh)
    One of the more trippy shots I've seen in a while!
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    Though the Q is my main camera now, I still remember I have a K-5 every now and then :-)



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    One of the more trippy shots I've seen in a while!
    I know.....it makes me want to dig out my paisley shirt.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Another in B&W



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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    A new lens - Sigma 10-20mm, f3.5

    K5lls

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    . . . and another.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    K5lls with Sigma 10-20mm

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    Rich - Lovely close up black and whites
    Keith - I had that fine Sigma lens (never could manage the criticism of Sigma).

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    A few more from this past Sunday. Perfect boogie boarding conditions...4-6' faces.....no trades, glassy conditions. Nice barrels.

    K-5 iiS and DA*300mm. This combo acquires focus MUCH faster than with the K-5.






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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich M View Post
    K-5 iiS and DA*300mm. This combo acquires focus MUCH faster than with the K-5.
    That's good news, if you're shooting fast moving subjects.
    But how about accuracy, Rich ?

    All the best.
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    That's good news, if you're shooting fast moving subjects.
    But how about accuracy, Rich ?

    All the best.
    Bart.....so far I have just shot a few lenses. The DA*200 was very slow to focus on the K5, and had a (-) 7 micro adjustment.

    It now focuses faster and has a (-) 1 micro adjustment. It is difficult to ascertain accuracy, but I know where you are coming from. It locks focus more rapidly.....and those shots are in focus.

    The DA*300 has become my walk-around lenses ().......it has found new life on the new body.

    The FA primes all required micro adjustment on the K-5....using LensAlign on the new body, they show that no adjustment is required.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    More from the K-5 iiS and my walk around lens

    Pre-jump











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    Looks like U R very happy with K5 2S )))

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    Swimming Centre



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    Something a bit different



    Car bomb in a sleepy South Australian suburb.
    K-5 with 1645. 1/1600th f5.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by mediumcool View Post
    Something a bit different


    Car bomb in a sleepy South Australian suburb.
    K-5 with 1645. 1/1600th f5.
    Wow....car bomb.....Oz......doesn't seem to match.

    Nice catch.

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    Wow wow (car on fire). Good catch and different indeed. Hope nobody got hurt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Wow wow (car on fire). Good catch and different indeed. Hope nobody got hurt!

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    Nobody hurt, which is good (and I earned $250 from the local tabloid!). I suspect an unpaid bill was the reason behind the event. Possibly for illicit substances, if you get my meaning …
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    Macro with K-5IIs.
    Test for moire ( no seen).



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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Some moonlight pictures today with K5iis. (EXIF in pictures)







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    Each shot with the K-5 IIs and either ZK 50mm f2 MP or ZK 25mm f2.8 Distagon





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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by neilvan View Post
    Each shot with the K-5 IIs and either ZK 50mm f2 MP or ZK 25mm f2.8 Distagon
    Very nice Neil.......I still find focusing my MF lenses a task with the OVF on the K-5.

    Yours are spot on.

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    Very nice Neil.......I still find focusing my MF lenses a task with the OVF on the K-5.

    Yours are spot on.

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    One word for you Rich, LiveView (magnified). I guess that's a couple of words but you get the point. With a tripod it's fantastic, without, not so much.

    That and the focus confirmation 'beep' make using the MF lenses easy...for me anyway.
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    Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

    Walked into a camera store today and there is was.. just one.. just arrived.. never opened.. Pentax K5 IIS. I tried it, I loved it, I brought it home.
    Not much time to shoot today.. these are all pretty much right out of the camera JPGs taken with the K5 IIS and the DA* 50-135. I forgot to set the RAW to DNG and for now I am not going to bother with the PEF files.















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    Not seeing anything that you could not get with a K-5, but hopefully the AF is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Not seeing anything that you could not get with a K-5, but hopefully the AF is much better.

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    It's difficult to tell any camera apart when looking at images online*, the difference between the K-5 & K-5 IIs becomes quite clear when printing medium to large prints.

    *-One exception, the Sigma DP2M, stunning IQ, blows my K-5 IIs/top-end lenses right out of the water IQ-wise. Functionally, the Pentax is much nicer to use naturally...
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    Not seeing anything that you could not get with a K-5, but hopefully the AF is much better.

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    Well, I have a K5 and the IQ is visibly better out of the K5 IIs. I've been using a K5 for about two years (since March 2011) and feel I have enough experience with it to get the best IQ possible. One afternoon using the IIs was all it took to prove the value of the upgrade to me.

    My K5 will soon be for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Well, I have a K5 and the IQ is visibly better out of the K5 IIs. I've been using a K5 for about two years (since March 2011) and feel I have enough experience with it to get the best IQ possible. One afternoon using the IIs was all it took to prove the value of the upgrade to me.

    My K5 will soon be for sale.
    Hi Jim,

    that sounds interesting. Can you estimate, how many stops the K5IIs is better in high ISO vs. your old K5 and how would you compare IQ and high ISO to your Fuji X-Pro1?

    Print size would be max A3+ for me

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Hi Jim,

    that sounds interesting. Can you estimate, how many stops the K5IIs is better in high ISO vs. your old K5 and how would you compare IQ and high ISO to your Fuji X-Pro1?

    Print size would be max A3+ for me
    Sorry, but I just have not had the camera long enough to answer your question. I only managed an hour or so of shooting with it over the weekend. I'll post more on my website and here as I begin to use the camera more.

    I have not yet shot any high ISO photos. Hope to remedy that this week if possible and my job does not get in the way of my photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Sorry, but I just have not had the camera long enough to answer your question. I only managed an hour or so of shooting with it over the weekend. I'll post more on my website and here as I begin to use the camera more.

    I have not yet shot any high ISO photos. Hope to remedy that this week if possible and my job does not get in the way of my photography.
    Thanks, that would be great.

    Also AF performance compared to the old K5 and to the Fuji would be interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilvan View Post
    Each shot with the K-5 IIs and either ZK 50mm f2 MP or ZK 25mm f2.8 Distagon





    Hi,

    How do you like the ZK 25/2.8 and ZK 50 Macro on the K5? Any downsides?
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    Every new camera has to have a Cat Picture

    Sometimes the only subject you can find is the cat. My wife was not willing to pose for a shot (no makeup and her hair was not "fixed" whatever that means).. so the cat had to do... no makeup and his hair was not "fixed" either.

    K5 IIs 35mm f/2.8 ISO 400 1/13s handheld

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    ..

    K5 IIs 35mm f/2.8 ISO 400 1/13s handheld

    ...
    What lens is this?

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    What lens is this?
    DA 35mm macro
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    Nice looking cat Jim, I get the same look from my models...err, cats as well.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Walked into a camera store today and there is was.. just one.. just arrived.. never opened.. Pentax K5 IIS. I tried it, I loved it, I brought it home.
    Not much time to shoot today.. these are all pretty much right out of the camera JPGs taken with the K5 IIS and the DA* 50-135. I forgot to set the RAW to DNG and for now I am not going to bother with the PEF files.
    Congratulations on the new camera Jim....the K-5, is in my mind, the best ergonomically designed dSLR camera currently on the market. It was nice to have Pentax recognize that and not change the camera body/design with the upgraded sensor.

    I will be curious to hear if you think that the K-5iiS has better focus accuracy than its sibling....esp with the 50-135.

    Regards.....R

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

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    Congratulations on the new camera Jim....the K-5, is in my mind, the best ergonomically designed dSLR camera currently on the market. It was nice to have Pentax recognize that and not change the camera body/design with the upgraded sensor.

    I will be curious to hear if you think that the K-5iiS has better focus accuracy than its sibling....esp with the 50-135.

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    Rich, Yes, there is a lot to like about the K5. After four days of using and playing with the K5 IIs I can absolutely say that the AF accuracy is better than what I have experienced with my original K5.

    AF speed seems to be a bit faster but I would settle for just the better accuracy so the marginal increase in speed is considered a bonus. Also the ability to lock focus in very dark situations is a big deal to me. The IIs does do a better job in that department.

    Oh, one more note.. in your PM to me you mentioned that you had to make micro-adjustments to your lenses on the original K5. So did I. Every lens I owned needed adjustment except the DA 35mm Macro on my original K5. On the K5 IIs not a single one of the lenses has required micro-adjustment. That seems strange because all of the adjustments I made on the original K5 were not the same. Some (the DA *s) required as much as a +10 while others only needed a 2 to 5 adjustment. Why none of the lenses have needed no adjustment on the K5 IIs is a mystery.... a mystery I am willing to accept... as long as the focus is spot on... I'm happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Well, I have a K5 and the IQ is visibly better out of the K5 IIs. I've been using a K5 for about two years (since March 2011) and feel I have enough experience with it to get the best IQ possible. One afternoon using the IIs was all it took to prove the value of the upgrade to me.

    My K5 will soon be for sale.
    I understand. And I have seen full size images that prove the point. All I am saying is on these images, I really don't see much a k-5 can't do.

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    Hi Jim,

    that sounds interesting. Can you estimate, how many stops the K5IIs is better in high ISO vs. your old K5 and how would you compare IQ and high ISO to your Fuji X-Pro1?

    Print size would be max A3+ for me
    According to dxo, both are pretty much the Same in high ISo/dr though I would expect the new k to do a notch better by having the finer resolution.

    What I am really most Inretested in is if they solved the af issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    Well, I have a K5 and the IQ is visibly better out of the K5 IIs. I've been using a K5 for about two years (since March 2011) and feel I have enough experience with it to get the best IQ possible. One afternoon using the IIs was all it took to prove the value of the upgrade to me.

    My K5 will soon be for sale.

    I understand and I have seen some full size images that prove the point. Just that these posted don't seem to be out of reach of a k-5. Seems like not much of an upgrade if your target medium is web.

    I would love to hear what you think about the af vs the k-5's

    Thanks for sharing your experiences

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    Rich, Yes, there is a lot to like about the K5. After four days of using and playing with the K5 IIs I can absolutely say that the AF accuracy is better than what I have experienced with my original K5.

    AF speed seems to be a bit faster but I would settle for just the better accuracy so the marginal increase in speed is considered a bonus. Also the ability to lock focus in very dark situations is a big deal to me. The IIs does do a better job in that department.

    Oh, one more note.. in your PM to me you mentioned that you had to make micro-adjustments to your lenses on the original K5. So did I. Every lens I owned needed adjustment except the DA 35mm Macro on my original K5. On the K5 IIs not a single one of the lenses has required micro-adjustment. That seems strange because all of the adjustments I made on the original K5 were not the same. Some (the DA *s) required as much as a +10 while others only needed a 2 to 5 adjustment. Why none of the lenses have needed no adjustment on the K5 IIs is a mystery.... a mystery I am willing to accept... as long as the focus is spot on... I'm happy.
    That sounds like really good news. I know the k-30 has a specific glass to deal with ca for the phase detector sensor so probably the k-5iis has that too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
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    AF speed seems to be a bit faster but I would settle for just the better accuracy so the marginal increase in speed is considered a bonus. Also the ability to lock focus in very dark situations is a big deal to me. The IIs does do a better job in that department.
    ...
    Hi Jim

    since you used also the Canon 5D MKII fullframe DSLR: Is the center point AF of the K5IIs as fast and accurate as the one in your Canon (nothing scientific, just a rough estimate)?

    And since you asked in another thread about F1.2 lenses for Pentax, do you miss fullframe for more shallow DOF while using the K5? Could be that a dealbreaker for you longterm to switch back to fullframe?

    I am very much attracted to the K5 IIS, but not sure yet whether I want to give up my fullframe because of DOF...

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by raist3d View Post
    That sounds like really good news. I know the k-30 has a specific glass to deal with ca for the phase detector sensor so probably the k-5iis has that too

    - raist
    Some minor adjustments have been done on every lens I have with the K-5iis.
    btw. there are differences how the AF works with liveview and OVF. With liveview no need for adjustments. The liveview focus is also slow on focusing.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

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    Hi Jim

    since you used also the Canon 5D MKII fullframe DSLR: Is the center point AF of the K5IIs as fast and accurate as the one in your Canon (nothing scientific, just a rough estimate)?

    And since you asked in another thread about F1.2 lenses for Pentax, do you miss fullframe for more shallow DOF while using the K5? Could be that a dealbreaker for you longterm to switch back to fullframe?

    I am very much attracted to the K5 IIS, but not sure yet whether I want to give up my full-frame because of DOF...

    Center point AF on the K5 IIs is quite good. It's been two years since I sold my Canon gear and memory fades over that amount of time so I am going to say that the two are about the same. The Canon often missed critical focus in low light and I believe that the K5 IIs does a better job of locking focus in low light situations. I do not believe the original K5 was as good as the IIs in this area.

    No, I do not miss full-frame. The lack of full-frame is certainly not a deal breaker at all. The fast Ltd lenses I have (31, 43, 77) provide good subject isolation and good bokeh as well.

    The main reason I was asking about faster glass was not so much about subject isolation as being able to shoot at lower ISO settings in very dark situations. I was never very happy with the Canon noise at higher ISO settings.. I rarely shot over ISO 800 when using the Canon due to noise.

    I miss nothing about my Canon gear... especially the weight and bulk of that gear. The K5 IIS has a better build, smaller and is much more weather resistant than the Canon.

    I would suggest you try to rent a K5 IIs or K5 II before you abandon your full frame gear. Try before you buy is always the wisest thing to do if you have that opportunity.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5 IIS

    Quote Originally Posted by PenSon View Post
    Some minor adjustments have been done on every lens I have with the K-5iis.
    btw. there are differences how the AF works with liveview and OVF. With liveview no need for adjustments. The liveview focus is also slow on focusing.

    Trygve
    You are correct. Live View is slow and I rarely use it but when I do I am very thankful it is available.

    I have still seen no need whatsoever to make any micro adjustments on my lenses with the K5 IIs.
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