The K-5 changes everything - A new year "clearout"

Sounds really dramatic! though not quite as life changing as it sounds. The great thing about the K-5 however is that its versatile. Fitted with its battery grip and one of the weather sealed zooms, its an "any job" pro spec DSLR with good image quality, fast operation (certainly fast enough for me) good high ISO performance and despite its size it has a sense of "gravitas" when used in a situation where that kind of thing matters. 

Remove the battery grip, put on some of the small limited Pentax lenses and it becomes a small, light, carry anywhere unobtrusive camera that won't generate a second look. Ideal for library, stock and travel work. 

At the moment I really need to get and do some testing with the 18-55mm zoom and 35mm f/2.4 lenses to see if they are good enough for my needs. I've been doing some indoors still-life work with the zoom and its somewhat better than I thought it would be. However I need to be sure its fine for my bread and butter library work.

I've been looking back through my previous Pentax camera / lens combinations and looking at internet samples to see what I'll be looking to add. At the moment I'm only planning to get the limited 70mm f2.4 pancake lens. This is a great lens and I think its comparable to the limited 77mm f/1.8, which is saying something. I'll see how I go from there.

So one of the uses the K-5 has been put to is photographing gear for ebay. 

Some of the cameras and lenses I'm planning to sell are ones I've been very enthusiastic about and I shall be sorry to see them go, but things do move on.


I love the technology in this camera, but I'm unsure of the capability of the body to handle it. One of its great virtues is the ability to shoot hand-held stable video footage. However if you do this for any length of time the overheating warning kicks in and the camera has to be turned off for a while. I hadn't experienced it before in the freezing cold weather but now its warmed up a bit, its become a problem. That plus the general lightweight feel of the camera, makes me think that I should wait until Sony house all this in a more substantial body. Its pretty obvious I think that Sony are going to get serious with this translucent mirror system and there's already been a "mock-up" at Photokina. They must realise that many of the features they have developed in the camera will appeal to photographers across the board from snapshooters to pros. When they get this in a heavier duty package then I'll certainly be interested. To that end my plan is to sell the A55 and put the primes I bought into a drawer for a while, until the A77 or whatever its called appears.

The Olympus E-P2 just has to go. The tests I did a few days ago confirmed what I have been trying to avoid for some time. Its image quality doesn't stand up the GH2 and I cant see myself using it much. Its a great looking camera, but its the results that count.

For some reason the results I'm getting from the Olympus 50mm macro on the GH2 have lost the "WOW' factor they gave me on the GH1. I haven't the faintest idea why that is. The GH2 is the largest sensor that its possible to use this lens on and maybe at 16MP it just becomes good instead of great. I'm also disappointed that the AF is not better on the GH2. Its pretty much the same as on Olympus m4/3 cameras, which is grindingly slow. I'm going to replace it with the Panasonic 45mm f2.8.

I'm also putting the L10 / 14-50mm and Leica Panasonic 14-150mm lenses up for sale. Not that they have suddenly become bad lenses, but because my Olympus 14-150mm is great. Maybe I got one they took special care over, but my copy is terrific. Its so close, in terms of image quality, to the monster PanLeica that I really struggle to tell the difference. The more I use the Olympus lens the more I like it. It works really well with the GH2 and its size and weight are great advantages. 

The GF1 and Leica X1 are also going. Neither are getting used, other than a few camera porn snaps for here. Again I love them as cameras, but they are just sitting around looking decorative!

So the New Year starting line-up looks like:-

Leica M9. Voigtlander 35mm f1.4, Voigtlander 75mm f1.8.

Pentax K-5. 18-55mm zoom, 35mm f2.4, 70mm f/2.4.

Panasonic GH2. Olympus 9-18mm zoom, Olympus 14-150mm zoom, Panasonic 20mm f1.7, Panasonic 45mm f2.8 macro, Voigtlander 25mm f0.95.

On the bench.

Panasonic GH1 as backup. I would sell it if it didn't look so battered from the time I dropped it. As it is I don't think anyone will give me much for it. Since its still working perfectly I will use it as my "bike ride" or "keep in the car" camera.

Sony 30mm f2.8 macro, Sony 35mm f1.8, Sony 50mm f1.8, Sony 85mm f2.8 stored away awaiting developments.