Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Wedding Reception Photoshoot with K10D

I shot a wedding reception Monday evening for a friend and classmate of mine. I used my two Pentax K10D bodies along with D-BG2 batter grips. Unlike some previous shoots, I only really used two lenses. The lenses I used were the SMC Pentax-FA* 28-70/2.8 and SMC Pentax-FA* 80-200/2.8. I also used the SMC Pentax-FA 50/1.4 for about three frames. The lighting was all fluorescent and was not that great. Fortunately, with digital, I can change the white balance in post-processing.

I shot just over 550 frames and the majority of these were without flash at ISO 1600. I am really amazed at what a nice job the K10D does. I am post-processing the images in Lightroom which I have found does a little better with this type of shot than Aperture. The noise reduction in Lightroom also does a nice job of clearing up the noise that is present. That is not to say that no noise is there. It just makes it less visible. In order to further mitigate the noise, I also use Noise Ninja.

While the FA* 28-70/2.8 and FA* 80-200/2.8 lenses did a great job, I am definitely looking forward to the DA* 16-50/2.8 and DA* 50-135/2.8 lenses. The quiet and faster autofocusing will be very nice. The lenses will also be a little more compact which is always a plus.

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