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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).

Pentax K2000 (K-m) vs. Olympus E-420

Camera settings:

  • Pentax K2000: Pentax FA 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Best, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Bright) Self-Timer
       
  • Olympus E-420: Olympus 50 mm F2 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Pentax K2000
Olympus E-420

3.4 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
6.0 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

There isn't much to call between the two cameras in terms of detail - the Olympus output is slightly softer but isn't as obviously over-sharpened, either (though there are hints of sharpening appearing on the diagonals of the paperclips). Despite the steeper (higher-contrast), tone curve, the K2000 does a better job of making a smooth transition to clipped highlights on the paperclips.

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