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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:13:20 PM »
Is the Pentax 645z at $8000 a realistic comparison to a $3600 DSLR?

Of course not, but if you're already leaning toward buying a 645Z, but the 5Ds ends up offering similar performance (which I doubt) for a fraction of the cost, then it is absolutely a valid comparison. Plus, the feature set (AF, FPS, weather sealing, peerless high ISO, flippy screen, outstanding shutter dampening) of the 645Z allow using it in settings and situations where MF previously wasn't even an option, which makes the comparison even more valid. As far as lenses go, you'd be shocked how reasonably priced the legacy Pentax MF glass sells for on ebay.  That said, there are probably very few people what will cross-shop these two bodies. I'm just weird like that :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:08:48 PM »
I know it's not a fair comparison, but I'm shopping the 5Ds against the Pentax 645Z. As someone who doesn't need 50 megapixels, I have no intention of replacing my 5D3, which still feels and performs like new after three years.

However, I would consider adding a 5Ds to complement the 5D3 if it offers substantial improvements in tonal range and DR, in that order. The files I've seen from the 645Z are nothing short of phenomenal, and I'm skeptical that any 35mm sensor can come close to what the 645Z's giant Exmor offers in terms of the two aformentioned IQ metrics.

Let the measurebating begin :o 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Euro Pricing for EOS 5DS, 5DS R & EF 11-24 f/4L Revealed
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:51:36 PM »
Why the hell are Euro prices the same as US-Dollar prices, while the exchange rate is far off parity?
This policy really makes me sick.
Are Europeans just willing to pay more, or how come that producers get away with a 1:1 rate??

It's because the standard of living in Europe is so much higher :) The U.S. will soon be a third-world country, but that's another subject entirely ;D

Seriously, though, I was expecting this body to be in the $4,000 to $4,500 USD range, so if this rumor holds true it's a pleasant surprise.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645Z: Why no DXO test yet?
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:22:33 PM »
What do you want to know?
The MF sensor is the same Sony  as in Nikon D800 series  but bigger.

The two main things I'd like to research are:

1) The incredible DR and shadow recovery of Exmor sensors is well documented, so no need to beat that horse here. What impresses me the most about the 645Z (and MF in general) is it's ability to render final tonal gradations far better than 35mm. My question is, will this actually show up in print?

My editorial clients use very low quality paper, printers, and ink. For that type of work, I feel that the on-screen tonal range advantage of MF wouldn't translate to the end product. On the flip side, my commercial and advertising clients have much higher printing standards and budgets, where there's a far greater chance of the IQ benefits of MF transferring over to paper. In general terms, how good does the quality of printing/paper/ink need to be to realize the tonal range advantage of MF vs. 35mm?   

2) How user friendly in the field is the 645Z it vs. a modern 35mm DSLR? Before upgrading to the 5D3, I slummed it with a 5DC for many, many years. I can't image that the AF and overall handling of the 645Z could possibly be more of a pain than the 5DC. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645Z: Why no DXO test yet?
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:03:45 PM »
Just buy the Z - there is no comparison.  Hop over to LuLa and see some of the reviews.

Statements like these don't help me. I need an excuse not to buy one :) I will definitely check out the LuLa reviews. wockawocka (thanks, BTW) wrote a great review a few posts down, which has really opened my eyes to what an user-friendly, affordable medium format system can offer.

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I have a Hass and love it, but the Pentax does something different.  Weather seals, high iso, cheap used lenses, focus peaking, live view - it's all there.

The cheap used lenses is the real kicker, IMHO. I need focal lengths between 24-200 to replicate my Canon kit, and it looks like I can pick up three used Pentax lenses to cover that range for about $2,500. Not too shabby at all. Likewise, the it's insane high ISO capability, AF system, and weather sealing means I could potentially use it in the field in lieu of a 35mm DSLR in scenarios where MF was never really an option.

This wouldn't replace my Canon setup, but complement it, and my oh my what a nice complement it would be :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax 645Z: Why no DXO test yet?
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:16:07 PM »
Here's an interesting thread on the topic:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3714320#forum-post-54222997


Here's an interesting reply in that thread:

Gazeomon wrote:

When the 645Z hit the DXO test bench, the gauges and monitors simply imploded. They will never forgive Pentax for that

Nikonandmorewrote:

You got that right!!!

And I concur even more because I have used the D800E and D810 extensively (both topping DXO's charts) and even they are absolutely fantastic cameras, the IQ, DR and low-light performance of the 645z, literally obliterates them.. this not mentioning the resolution difference. I have had the opportunity to shoot with the D800E & 645z side by side and compare the pictures, and we are talking Porsche Boxter with a Ferrari Enzo. Its that simple.  DXO would have to re-structure all their benchmark testing and charts just to accommodate the results from the 645z. ALSO, NO QUESTIONS WHAT SO EVER, that the IQ from the 645z (and low-light performance) is far above the Phase One IQ250. Whatever Pentax has done with the readouts of the sensor (same as the Phase One's back), they've done an amazing job at pushing extra juice out of it.. and a theoretically "negligible" extra 1MP. This, at a third of the price. Yeah........ Phase One, Hasselblad and DXO.. they are all burning with facts they cant handle or and very inconvenient to accept as the reality.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Pentax 645Z: Why no DXO test yet?
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:15:19 PM »
Anyone else find it peculiar that DXO has yet to test the Pentax 645Z? According to photogs that own both the D810/D800 and the 645Z, the Pentax absolutely blows the 36 megapixel Exmor into the weeds in terms of DR, ISO, and tonal range. This seems to support the Canon conspiracy theorist claims that DXO is in bed with Nikon  :o

Seriously, though, various third parties have been testing the 645Z for almost a year now, yet the only camera that can top the D810 is conveniently absent from DXO's database. Makes ya wonder ;D

I bring this up not as a way of bashing Nikon, but because I'm genuinely interested in giving the 645Z a go. It would be nice to see a comparison between the 645Z and the currently top-rated sensor (D810), but I suppose that's not going to happen.

BTW, I posted this in the wrong section before, so my apologies to anyone that had to read it twice.


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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: Price of 5Ds
« on: February 01, 2015, 04:53:30 PM »
My guess is at $7,5K for the 5Ds body. Since it is going to be announced in a week, it will be nice to go back and see who guessed correctly. Sorry no rewords  ;)

At that price, if I needed a high-res body I'd get a Pentax 645Z instead. I can't imagine a full-frame DSLR sensor could come close to capturing fine tonal gradations as well as a medium format sensor, but hopefully Canon will prove me wrong :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 01, 2015, 01:55:03 PM »

This time Next Month after at least 25+ years, I will be switching, I held on, foolishly hoping and hoping they would get the act together then out comes the 1dx which to be honest is not even as good as the mkiv on working ISO j-peg output.


So let me get this straight. After 25+ years of shooting Canon, you wait until one month before switching to Nikon to come onto this forum and complain? Makes perfect sense to me :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:50:01 PM »
They are saying all the words I want to hear.  That could be a worthy successor to the 5DIII.  Now, they just have to make it so. 

24-28 MP
Cleaner low ISO noise
Whatever benefit they can get out of higher ISO
8 fps
etc....

Evolutionary advancements in specs like these would seem likely, in which case I'd pass on the 5D4 and keep shooting happily with my 5D3 :) If I really need the tax writeoff I'd be more inclined to look into the 5Ds as a studio body to complement the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:32:41 PM »



But once again...utter silence about read noise and dynamic range. This is, clearly, a Low ISO part from Canon. If they had resolved their low ISO read noise issues...one would think they would be proclaiming it to the heavens. Why the silence? :\


Probably because Canon hasn't officially announced anything yet :) Other than a small percentage of forum dwellers, if Canon bragged about reduced read noise, who would even understand what they're talking about?

That said, I too find it a bit peculiar that everyone is so seduced by the megapixel count of this machine that the whole DR issue has flown under the radar thus far. I didn't think we'd ever see that day on Canon Rumors ;D

Hell, both dilbert and psolberg responded in the other thread, and the discussion still hasn't devolved into a DR pissing match :o
Because the camera(s) are yet to be released? Because nobody has seen any images from the camera(s)?

Since when has that stopped people from debating over DR?

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:54:10 PM »



But once again...utter silence about read noise and dynamic range. This is, clearly, a Low ISO part from Canon. If they had resolved their low ISO read noise issues...one would think they would be proclaiming it to the heavens. Why the silence? :\


Probably because Canon hasn't officially announced anything yet :) Other than a small percentage of forum dwellers, if Canon bragged about reduced read noise, who would even understand what they're talking about?

That said, I too find it a bit peculiar that everyone is so seduced by the megapixel count of this machine that the whole DR issue has flown under the radar thus far. I didn't think we'd ever see that day on Canon Rumors ;D

Hell, both dilbert and psolberg responded in the other thread, and the discussion still hasn't devolved into a DR pissing match :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:37:25 PM »
Given that THESE are the high MP bodies, how much better is the actual 5D4 going to be than the 5D3?  A small to modest boost in MP? same 61 AF? 7-8 FPS? maybe 4k?  It all depends on what you need. I suspect if you are very happy with a 5D3 now... a 5D4 won't add much to your plate.  Buy the 5DS and keep  the 5D3

Excellent point. I tend to buy bodies every other generation (I went from a 5DC to 5D3) and keep them for a very long time. My 5D3 is nearly three years old now, and I've said all along that I'm so happy with it that I'd most likely skip the 5D4 and wait for the 5D Mark 5. A modest bump in resolution, frame rate, or DR simply won't be enough to entice me to upgrade.

On the other hand, there are some (but not many) shooting scenarios where a 5Ds-type body would be beneficial to me. Segmenting the 5D line at least has me considering purchasing such a body to complement my 5D3, whereas I had no intention of buying another body until reading the recent rumors.

Honestly, a set of Profoto B1 lights are much higher on my priority list than a 50 megapixel camera :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:50:37 PM »
On a point and shoot? Sure, nobody is really going to care. But people that buy those high end Canon cameras are going to want Canon tech.

Not me. I want the best technology possible. I don't care who makes it.

Corvettes and Cadillacs share the same engines as much less expensive Chevy pickup trucks. Ultimately no one cares, because they make a ton of horsepower, get great mileage, are inexpensive to manufacture and maintain, and are extremely reliable. I'll gladly take a Corvette or a Cadillac over my Honda :) 

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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 28, 2015, 01:34:37 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the input. Since this is a photography forum, does anyone have any images from either region they'd like to share :)?

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