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Old Jul 3, 2004, 6:14 PM   #1
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After the first shots with my Z2 I was not at all satisfied. Images were often too harsh, heavily contrasted and too saturated, expecially in the red and cyan tones.

Then I set the contrast preset in the camera at the lowest value and the results were far better, images were much more realistic, apart of the high saturation problem.

Now I usually fix the saturation with an action recorded in Photoshop that reduces pure red saturation of 20 steps and pure cyan saturation of 30 steps. After that the images are quite good.

Is there anyone else that noted these problems? How do you fix them?

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Old Jul 6, 2004, 10:06 PM   #2
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It could be the monitor which are not adequatly calibrated ?
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Old Jul 7, 2004, 4:50 PM   #3
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I don't think it is the monitor, I have tried to calibrate as best as I could using the Adobe tool and I alse have seen the pictures on different monitors.
Here is an example of the saturation problem. The picture was already taken with the contrast to Low.

To my eyes the red and cyan panels appear not natural, what do you think?

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and this is the same picture after the correction
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I've found the auto white balance on a Z1 is not great outdoors, after some experimentation it seems the cloudy pre-set produces the best representation in cloudy or sunny conditions (better than auto).

The Z2 might be similar -- try experimenting with WB pre-sets and see what you come up with.
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Yeah, I quickly discovered that auto-WB is crap and set my flash button to change WB. I found it to be especially crap for tungsten. Try an indoor photo set to auto and then set it to tungsten and you'll see what I mean.
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Old Jul 9, 2004, 5:14 AM   #7
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ok, thank you very much, I will play a bit more with WB setting.

now, probably this question is an absolute nonsense...is there a way not to apply a WB at all? and, if no, which ise the most "neutral" setting?

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I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure "sunshine" is basically "WB off."
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