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Old Aug 20, 2006, 12:53 AM   #1
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I went down to the camera store in the mall and they finally had a K100D available on the shelf. I just happened to bring along an SD card, so here are some of the results.

I just resized the images - otherwise untouched

The shake reduction (on and off) using the 300mm zoom.

Since I have not purchased yet, I assumed (incorrectly) that my canon software would provide all the image information - (bad assumption as it would not even recognize the images).
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 12:55 AM   #2
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Here is the other image with the shake reduction off.

It was shot from about 15 feet - i.e., across the store.
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 1:14 AM   #3
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Here are the EXIF image dumps from each of the original images (prior to resizing)


First Image

Tag Name Value
010f Make PENTAX Corporation
0110 Model PENTAX K100D
0112 Orientation 1
011a XResolution 72.0
011b YResolution 72.0
0128 ResolutionUnit 2
0131 Software K100D Ver 1.00
0132 DateTime 2006:08:19 19:48:58
0213 YCbCrPositioning 2
8769 ExifOffset 602
829a ExposureTime 1/45
829d FNumber 5.8
8822 ExposureProgram 2
8827 ISOSpeedRatings 800
9000 ExifVersion 0x30 0x32 0x32 0x31
9003 DateTimeOriginal 2006:08:19 19:48:58
9004 DateTimeDigitized 2006:08:19 19:48:58
9101 ComponentsConfiguration 0x1 0x2 0x3 0x0
9204 ExposureBiasValue 0.0
9207 MeteringMode 5
9209 Flash 16
920a FocalLength 300.0
927c MakerNote
a000 FlashPixVersion 0x30 0x31 0x30 0x30
a001 ColorSpace 1
a002 ExifImageWidth 3008
a003 ExifImageLength 2000
a005 InteroperabilityOffset 52242
0001 InteroperabilityIndex R98
0002 InteroperabilityVersion 0x30 0x31 0x30 0x30
a217 SensingMethod 2
a300 FileSource 0x3
a301 SceneType 0x1
a401 0
a402 0
a403 0
a405 450
a406 0
a408 0
a409 0
a40a 0
a40c 3
c4a5
0103 Compression 6
011a XResolution 72.0
011b YResolution 72.0
0128 ResolutionUnit 2
0201 JPEGInterchangeFormat 52368
0202 JPEGInterchangeFormatLength 5764

Second Image

Tag Name Value
010f Make PENTAX Corporation
0110 Model PENTAX K100D
0112 Orientation 1
011a XResolution 72.0
011b YResolution 72.0
0128 ResolutionUnit 2
0131 Software K100D Ver 1.00
0132 DateTime 2006:08:19 19:48:58
0213 YCbCrPositioning 2
8769 ExifOffset 602
829a ExposureTime 1/45
829d FNumber 5.8
8822 ExposureProgram 2
8827 ISOSpeedRatings 800
9000 ExifVersion 0x30 0x32 0x32 0x31
9003 DateTimeOriginal 2006:08:19 19:48:58
9004 DateTimeDigitized 2006:08:19 19:48:58
9101 ComponentsConfiguration 0x1 0x2 0x3 0x0
9204 ExposureBiasValue 0.0
9207 MeteringMode 5
9209 Flash 16
920a FocalLength 300.0
927c MakerNote
a000 FlashPixVersion 0x30 0x31 0x30 0x30
a001 ColorSpace 1
a002 ExifImageWidth 3008
a003 ExifImageLength 2000
a005 InteroperabilityOffset 52242
0001 InteroperabilityIndex R98
0002 InteroperabilityVersion 0x30 0x31 0x30 0x30
a217 SensingMethod 2
a300 FileSource 0x3
a301 SceneType 0x1
a401 0
a402 0
a403 0
a405 450
a406 0
a408 0
a409 0
a40a 0
a40c 3
c4a5
0103 Compression 6
011a XResolution 72.0
011b YResolution 72.0
0128 ResolutionUnit 2
0201 JPEGInterchangeFormat 52368
0202 JPEGInterchangeFormatLength 5764

data obtained from EXIF Image Viewer

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 3:31 AM   #4
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Specifically what lens was used to test? Thanks
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 7:58 AM   #5
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Hi, The lense was a Pentax 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SMCP-FA Zoom Lens, I think. The reason why I added - I think, is that, I was expecting the clerk to pull out the 50 to 200mm but they were out of it, however had this Pentax 300 zoom, and I believe he indicated this one. I looked up the lens on the web, "Pentax zoom 300" then went through the hits. It was a current one, black in color - not silver, had a barrel about twice as long as the 50 to 200 that I used a couple of weeks ago on the *ist.

I know - not very scientific - I should have taken an image of the box.
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interested_observer wrote:
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I know - not very scientific - I should have taken an image of the box.
LOL! How many times have I said "gee, I should have written down that info" without even thinking about the camera that's constantly on my shoulder! Very good point (and interesting pictures, too).
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 1:19 PM   #7
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So, what's keeping you from buying? When are you buying? Sounds like you've had Canon system? Or was that just the software? What else is or was in the running?

I'm leaning toward the k100d, but I'm waiting for a major review to come out - and a little more certainly in the cash flow :?

But illustrations like yours sure make this camera stand out.
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 7:25 PM   #8
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About 8 weeks ago, my wife and I returned from a vacation to Alaska. While there, my wife found something that she has been looking for -- for years - a multiple anniversary gift - a pair of earrings and a matching bracelet - 10 carats. (I figured I got off relatively light since this covered about 10 years of a 23 year marriage, also was appraised at 12x what I paid.) I received quite a deal on them (as my wife's cousin is a diamond cutter - the jeweler was a friend of her cousin). Anyway, after returning, my wife put us on a strict budget since this (her gift) was a very unplanned expense. Another month (or so) and I'll be picking up the camera.

I do have to thank mtngal and mtclimber along with several others who have responded from my initial post with a tremendous amount of information. In the meantime, I have been using a Canon SD500 for the last couple of years. It's a P&S which I have outgrown, however I really do like the size and it's overall ability. Other than reading the various forums, and going down to the Mall camera shop twice to look, hold along with playing with the various brands, I have just been reading and planning.

The other potential – were the usual suspects. I also have a Pentax Spotmatic II that I have been using for the last 30 years. While I was in the Navy, I had a Nikon with a 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1200mm lens set (Navy supplied) for taking pictures of other ships and their antennas (B&W). In looking around, I have settled on the Pentax K100D, due to it's size, weight, shape and mass, along with the lens selection. (However, the grip of the N D70 I did like a tad better, but hated the overall increase in camera body/lens size and mass.) I could probably afford anything I wanted, however, I believe that with the Pentax with the lenses (the kit 18 – 55mm & 50 – 200mm), the entire package offers the best bang for the dollar, really can not go wrong with N or C or O or S, but I do like Pentax and their overall system. I like the stabilization in the camera body (which eliminated N, C & O), which appears to work quite well. The coloration, sharpness along with the clarity in addition to the auto focus and auto exposure works for me quite well.

I am getting ready to retire in a couple of years, and we are traveling (4 vacations a year), so when we are somewhere where I just need to point and shoot – the K100 or the SD500 works well. Other times when I want to do some composing, the setup is much faster than my spotmatic. I want to do landscapes and (large scale) interiors – museums. We are going to St. Petersburg next summer and will be going to the Hermitage. But have planned on trips around Cape Horn, Panama Canal along with the Mediterranean (Europe), New Zealand and Australia. So weight, ability to carry, large capability in a small package is of prime consideration.
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Old Aug 20, 2006, 7:46 PM   #9
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This is one of the best tests I have seen because it deals with a real world problem.

Nice work

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I don't quite understand the science behind shake reduction yet...but the results from the test appear to be convincing that it works!! Thanks for sharing the results.
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