Thursday, October 09, 2008

From Around The Web: Pentax K20D and DA 16-50mm f/2.8 Versus Canon 5D and 24-70mm f/2.8, and a Burst Mode Movie

Here's an off-the-cuff and interesting comparison for those of you who are perpetually wondering how green the grass is on the other side of the fence. My thanks to blogger Ben C, who posted some test shots that he just got around to processing from RAW. Read his post at his website, Absurd Singularity (link), to get the full reasoning. But this illustration of his says a lot very quickly about the relative sharpness between the two systems, the Pentax K20D and the Canon 5D:

This image and the one below, are copyright © Absurd Singularity.
As he says, judging by the gray lines, the Pentax kit is noticeably sharper. I just wish he used better exposure settings. Because, as always, your milage may vary, depending all sorts of circumstances, settings, and your intellect (armed with the right knowledge and skill, you'll take better shots regardless of what lens or camera you're using).

Earlier this year, when Ben looked at the K20D and blogged his impressions (link), he wrote:
"So overall I think Pentax has definitely come out with quite a good performer here with the K20D. For a hundred or so more than the Canon 40D you get better weather resistance, 4 more megapixels, in-body stabilization, better auto ISO, and AF adjustment for individual lenses. You get pretty much the same features as the Nikon D300 (although a bit less polished but with the in-body stabilization) for $500 less. Not a bad deal, not a bad deal at all. If I were a new DSLR shopper, I'd definitely give Pentax a good, long look. While their lens selection may not be as extensive as the two big gorillas Canon and Nikon, what they do have is pretty darn good. I put the 16-50mm f/2.8 up against Canon's 24-70mm f/2.8 and it did extremely well."
He's also made a video using the K20D's 21FPS burst mode by stitching the queue of photos into a quicktime movie. As he says, the max for this ad hoc video is about 5 seconds set at 15fps. Ah yes, you gotta love burst mode! Click through to see the clip (link) [update: the larger file seems to be missing].


Ben said...

My bad about the missing larger file for the 21fps movie. It should be working correctly now. =)

Sune said...

Thanks for the info, looking good

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