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Pentax K-1 Mark II

Examples: Resolving Power with Pixel Shift

This page looks at resolving power with pixel shift. It is my view that something is not well done with Sony mirrorless pixel shift, but the Pentax implementation is superb.

Old car

Shot in pixel shift mode at f/11 (which diminishes micro contrast, from diffraction). The texture in this image reminds me strongly of the Sigma DP Merrill cameras, only with vastly lower noise and much superior color. The Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW is a superb optic, which helps greatly.

Look for pixel shift defects—they are absent, quite amazing with a 4-second exposure (16 seconds total). Four pixel-shift exposures means 4X the light gathered, for ultra low noise and effectively a true color sensor. Color aliasing and moiré are banished, noise is cut in half and color accuracy rises. It all adds up to in image quality which cannot be stated simply as megapixels.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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f11 @ 4.0 sec PixelShift, ISO 100; 2018-11-27 16:52:03
[location “Laws Railroad Museum”, altitude 4100 ft / 1250 m, 45°F / 7°C, LACA corrected, diffraction mitigating sharpening]
PENTAX K-1 Mark II + Pentax HD FA 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW

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