One Year with the Pentax Z PetaPixel blog

“Almost one year ago, my Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS) started flaring up. I started getting interested in medium format photography, and the Pentax 645Z caught my attention.
At the time, I had the Sony A7II, A7S, and RX1, but I wanted to experience the bigger sensor and all the goodies that came with one. I researched, and pondered, and finally just decided to pull the trigger on a used one. Iu2019m glad I did, because itu2019s been an amazing experience.
Initial Impressions
The camera is huge! I bought a 75mm f/2.8 to start, and it looked weird on the camera because of the smaller size of the lens. The 150mm f/2.8 looks like a better match, but the combo is heavy. On the other hand, itu2019s great if youu2019re trying to build bigger bicep and forearm muscles.
It handled like an oversized DSLR which made it very easy to get comfortable with the camera. I was able to figure things out quite quickly and, before long, I was ready to shoot.
First Shoot
First, I did a quick simple shoot to get comfortable with the camera. I found a model, we met downtown (Chicago) and proceeded to shooting.
I loved the way the files looked on the LCD, and the LCD screen looked really good for reviewing files. They looked sharp, and detailed. Oh, and the screen also articulates, even though the autofocus in live view is painfully slow.
The AF was quite snappy in simple situations, and it was accurate. The focus wouldnu2019t lock on without getting accurate focus. My first shoot was so much fun that I was hooked! There wasnu2019t an ounce of buyeru2019s remorse at this point.
On Location”

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Fuji GFX First Shots The best lab pictures weve ever observed imaging asset

“Fuji GFX First Shots: The best lab images weu2019ve ever see
nOur Fuji GFX is back Stateside and, as expected, we wasted no time getting this new medium format camera into our lab. We now have our classic First Shots series of laboratory test images ready for pixel-peeping as well as comparing in our Comparometer. We’ve also put together a few 1:1 crop comparisons, pitting the new GFX against some of its biggest competitors. To read more, please click here!
As you may already know, we recently posted a handful of real-world gallery images shot straight from Yokohama, Japan, as well as took a closer look at the camera’s image quality based on this gallery shots. But now, we’ve been able to get the camera under controlled settings and photograph with it throughout its full range of ISO sensitivities, from expanded ISO 50 all the way to a whopping 102,400. As always, we have both straight-out-of-camera JPEGs and their corresponding RAW files (in uncompressed format) for your assessment, at both default noise reduction processing level and the lowest possible setting (files ending in “NR1″ in this case).”

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