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Old Dec 7, 2014, 7:42 PM   #1
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Well, the good old K20D has been getting a bit "long in the tooth" lately - over 60,000 clicks, lots of stuck pixels, on/off switch getting finicky, etc. But biggest motivation for looking for a new camera body was all the grandkids! K20D still takes fine photos, but not at the higher ISO's needed for fast-moving young'uns. So have "graduated" to a K-5. Here are a few test shots from the new camera, to test higher ISO and greater depth of tonality.

First an obliging Carolina Wren at the home park, perched on a low stub. K-5 focused (Tokina 400) much faster than K20D, and worked fine at much higher ISO...
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Another bird shot that would have been much more difficult with the K20D. Very dark and damp conditions necessitated higher ISO. Once again, the K-5 locked focus fast and gave smooth results on this rather soggy Blue Jay. (Again taken at the home park).
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One more "critter" shot - a young buck over at nearby Bays Mt Park. The deer there are extremely tame, and this one kept getting too close for the 400mm lens! But the new camera body had no trouble keeping focus, as long as he was outside the minimum focus distance.
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Now for a few scenic test shots, from the Clark's Creek area of Cherokee National Forest. It's a rich green place even in the early winter...
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A short walk up the Sill Branch trail takes you past many small waterfalls and riffles...
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These landscape shots don't look (to me) all that different from what came from the K20D, but perhaps a bit more dynamic range... In any case, here's a view of the main falls, at a time of rather low water.
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And a few detail shots of the falls, again testing the dynamic range...
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Would appreciate any critique on these shots, as well as suggestions from other K-5 users. Thanks so much!!
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Don't own a k-5 but these shots look great . . especially the young buck shots, they are very sharp. I think you've found a winner.
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Looks like you aren't going to have any problems with this camera. You'll find that you can retrieve details in the shadows with very little extra noise - I'd often underexpose a bit to maintain the highlights and then use post processing to lighten the shadows. I had done a lot of exposure bracketing-HDR with the K7 but didn't bother with the K5.

It compliments your style and subject matter very well.
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