Japanese Festivals shot with the Pentax 645D


travel67

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 07:45
Just got back from a two week trip shooting some Japanese festivals with the 645D.
I've started putting up images on my blog and Flickr, so far these are of the Akita Kanto Matsuri, but more will follow over the next few days.



Akita Kanto Matsuri is a lantern festival in northern Japan.



A night shot taken using off-camera flash triggered with a PocketWizard



The following image of a lotus flower was taken at the moat beside Akita Castle. Check out the full size image on Flickr to see the detail on the seed head.




Will try and put up more images soon.

Chris
Chris Willson
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Hardgravity

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 08:28
Oh wow!

If this is typical of the 645D quality I can see it being very popular with studio and pro photographers.

Nice shots, the full size lotus is impressive.
Cheers, HG

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davex

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 08:54
Very impressive, interesting dof on shot2 with an aperture of 4.5.
Think I might start saving, twice one for the 645, then for the divorce.

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thoughton

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 09:19
Nice shots, i especially like the 1st one, and the detail on that flower head at full size is very impressive.
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Algernon

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 10:42
Wow!! really impressed especially the flower shot. Probably the clearest flower shot I've ever seen.
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Algi

gartmore

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 11:04
Algernon wrote:
The last POST IS SPAM!!!

Spammer now banned
Ken
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Algernon

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 11:11
Because this is quite a good thread Ken, can ALL the posts relating to the SPAM be deleted?, to tidy things up (as they say)
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

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hefty1

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 11:27
The range of tones in the petals is quite stunning! I need a Lottery win and fast...
Joining the Q

Hardgravity

Link Posted 20/08/2010 - 13:01
hefty1 wrote:
The range of tones in the petals is quite stunning! I need a Lottery win and fast...

Don't we all Hefty?
Cheers, HG

K110+DA40, K200+DA35, K3 and a bag of lenses, bodies and other bits.

Mustn't forget the Zenits, or folders, or...

I've some gallerieshere CLICKY LINK! and my PPG entries.

Smeggypants

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 14:08
WOW!!


[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

ChrisA

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 20:17
I had a look at these, and at some of the comments, and with my cynical hat on, thought to myself... 'yeah yeah, here we go again.... how can anyone tell anything at all from pictures reduced for the browser. '

Then I noticed the reference to full size images, and took a look.

The level of detail is so much more than I would have imagined that to comment seems pointless.

I'm with Smegs...

.. Wow!
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 20:23
ChrisA wrote:
I had a look at these, and at some of the comments, and with my cynical hat on, thought to myself... 'yeah yeah, here we go again.... how can anyone tell anything at all from pictures reduced for the browser. '

Actually, I think you can tell the difference in many cases. It's like converting higher quality audio to MP3. You can definitely tell the difference between a vocal recorded through a top notch Neumann U87 microphone and a Shure SM58 even when converted to 128Kbs MP3

The Chinese Lantern pic isn't a good showcase though. btu the first pic of the kid and the flower ahve definitely got something about them I haven't seen on a regular DSLR


Quote:

Then I noticed the reference to full size images, and took a look.

The level of detail is so much more than I would have imagined that to comment seems pointless.

I'm with Smegs...

.. Wow!

Wow! again
[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
Last Edited by Smeggypants on 24/08/2010 - 20:23

ChrisA

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 20:53
Smeggypants wrote:
ChrisA wrote:
I had a look at these, and at some of the comments, and with my cynical hat on, thought to myself... 'yeah yeah, here we go again.... how can anyone tell anything at all from pictures reduced for the browser. '

Actually, I think you can tell the difference in many cases. It's like converting higher quality audio to MP3. You can definitely tell the difference between a vocal recorded through a top notch Neumann U87 microphone and a Shure SM58 even when converted to 128Kbs MP3

Shure, but by the same token you get middle-aged but well-heeled guys spending a fortune on hifi gear, insisting that it's better, even though they can't hear anything at all above 15KHz*, and haven't been able to for the last 20 years!

I'd quite like to see someone post (exif removed!) some really good examples of 645D images without saying what they are, and seeing if the experts here piped up and said 'hey, that looks like it could be medium format'.

For myself, I'm not sure. I wouldn't be silly enough to insist that those more educated than myself can't see subtleties that I can't, but at the same time, a lot of tosh is spoken in these parts, confusing sharpness with contrast, and saturation with colour rendition.

If I had a quid for every time someone had said "oo, nice and sharp", when it clearly isn't, I'd be a lot closer to my K-5.

But yes, wow and double wow. There's no mistaking it with the full size ones.

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* yes, I know it's not *only* about the high frequencies
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 24/08/2010 - 21:05

Smeggypants

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 21:11
ChrisA wrote:
Smeggypants wrote:
Quote:
I had a look at these, and at some of the comments, and with my cynical hat on, thought to myself... 'yeah yeah, here we go again.... how can anyone tell anything at all from pictures reduced for the browser. '

Actually, I think you can tell the difference in many cases. It's like converting higher quality audio to MP3. You can definitely tell the difference between a vocal recorded through a top notch Neumann U87 microphone and a Shure SM58 even when converted to 128Kbs MP3

Shure, but by the same token you get middle-aged but well-heeled guys spending a fortune on hifi gear, insisting that it's better, even though they can't hear anything at all above 15KHz*, and haven't been able to for the last 20 years!

I'd quite like to see someone post (exif removed!) some really good examples of 645D images without saying what they are, and seeing if the experts here piped up and said 'hey, that looks like it could be medium format'.

True, but it think most people would see the bottom and to images were exceptional

Quote:

For myself, I'm not sure. I wouldn't be silly enough to insist that those more educated than myself can't see subtleties that I can't, but at the same time, a lot of tosh is spoken in these parts, confusing sharpness with contrast, and saturation with colour rendition.

If I had a quid for every time someone had said "oo, nice and sharp", when it clearly isn't, I'd be a lot closer to my K-5.

But yes, wow and double wow. There's no mistaking it with the full size ones.

______
* yes, I know it's not *only* about the high frequencies

Indeed it's about distortion, or lack of it, really
[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 ..
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ChrisA

Link Posted 24/08/2010 - 23:33
Smeggypants wrote:
True, but it think most people would see the bottom and to(p?) images were exceptional

I think the bottom one of the flower looks pretty good, even at the small size here. There's obviously lots of detail, but I'm not sure you can be sure it's any better than some of the really good shots you see from time to time especially from K20s (he said, conspicuously hoist with his own petard).

However, none of that is preparation for the jaw-dropping amount of detail that's really there.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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