Falk's Pentax K-5 Hands-on preview


Smeggypants

Link Posted 06/10/2010 - 18:53
Apologies if this has been posted before, but just in case there's some who haven't seen it ....

http://www.falklumo.com/en/k5preview.html
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
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Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 06/10/2010 - 23:29
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The K-5 now has 5 user modes. However, there is only one user mode position on the mode dial and you'll have to select which one of five modes to use.

Hadn't seen that before, it'll be appreciated by many.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

Unlocker

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 00:13
Don't forget your own hands on preview this saturday in Watford!

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K10D

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 00:15
A good report.

Regards

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 00:19
Unlocker wrote:
Don't forget your own hands on preview this saturday in Watford!

All being 'well' I'll be doing a workshop so won't be able to come. Having said that, at the moment there aren't enough people booked on to run it. One more though...

Which puts me in a dilemna - earn a bit more towards the K-5, or go and have a play with one (and the 645D). Win win really.

Keep meaning to ask Chris if he's going to have the demo K-5 knocking about for a while, will pop over there in the week if so.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

johnriley

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 00:21
Nice to be close enough to be able to do that, unfortunately it would be a long trip from here.
Best regards, John

fatspider

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 09:20
This is whats known as the "Watford Gap" the division between the have and have nots is simply who can get to SRS
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Snootchies

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 10:32
fatspider wrote:
This is whats known as the "Watford Gap" the division between the have and have nots is simply who can get to SRS


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Anvh

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 13:14
This a good feature.
I use the AF button for focusing meaning I hardly half press the shutter release.

10.3 Shake reduction

I could find no differences in the shake reduction feature. The specification didn't change either. However, there is a small change I noticed nevertheless: When you half press the shutter, the SR needs about a second to get ready. About the same for K-7 and K-5. But if you unpress the shutter, the SR stays ready until the VF INFO row is switched off a couple of seconds later. With the K-7, it didn't and another half press always had the delay for SR to get ready again. This may be a huge difference in certain situations. If it wasn't simply a display bug, then or now.

+ good news for those who are worried about the DFS at long exposures.

10.5 Bulb mode and DFS

DFS (Dark frame subtraction aka Long exposure noise reduction) can now be switched off even for bulb mode (exposures longer than 30s). I made a test with a 66s exposure at ISO 1600 and the image displayed immediately and the camera was ready again -- without a delay (firmware 0.30). ISO 1600 is the highest ISO setting for bulb mode. This is no limitation for raw shooting though because higher ISO are made in camera from ISO 1600 by exposure boost post processing; something easily done in the raw converter as well.
Stefan


K10D, K5
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AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 07/10/2010 - 13:16

thoughton

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 14:28
?? Stefan are you just quoting the Lumo page or is some of that your own commentary?
Tim
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Anvh

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 14:30
quoting the Lumo page, I thought that was clear since I don't write that good myself
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 07/10/2010 - 14:31

thoughton

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 15:18
Well to be honest Lumo's English isn't perfect
Tim
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
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Flickr Fluidr PPG Street Portfolio site
Feel free to edit any of my posted photos! If I post a photo for critique, I want brutal honesty. If you don't like it, please say so and tell me why!

Anvh

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 15:30
No but good non the less though.
It's btw interesting to read that the sensor actually goes up to ISO1600 and the camera can push it higher.
Most likely it's the same for other camera's so I wonder how much there is to gain with shooting at high ISO and RAW.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 07/10/2010 - 15:30

Smeggypants

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 21:24
Anvh wrote:
No but good non the less though.
It's btw interesting to read that the sensor actually goes up to ISO1600 and the camera can push it higher.
Most likely it's the same for other camera's so I wonder how much there is to gain with shooting at high ISO and RAW.

I guess the experiment is shoot a scene at 3200 or 6400 ISO, and then without altering shutter speed and f-stop take an identical show with the ISO down at 1600.

Then boost the exposure of the 1600 shot in Lightroom or something and compare.


I'm presuming that the ISO upto 1600 is done by altering the gain of the sensor, and above 1600 it's done by digital gain. ( Both methods of course will boost noise )
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Anvh

Link Posted 07/10/2010 - 21:33
Smeggypants wrote:
I'm presuming that the ISO upto 1600 is done by altering the gain of the sensor, and above 1600 it's done by digital gain. ( Both methods of course will boost noise )

Yes with the K5, I said that I wondered how it will be with the other camera's.
Where the limit is of the sensor gain.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 07/10/2010 - 21:34
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