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Old Aug 28, 2011, 2:10 PM   #1
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Getting my new K5 this week, and I was just wondering if you guys just leave highlight, and shadows turned on? Also, are there anyother settings you suggest to get up and running? Are the images as soft coming right from the camera as the K7's? Thanks.
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Old Aug 28, 2011, 4:34 PM   #2
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The pictures are sharper (at least in my opinion). I don't use the highlight/shadow protection, don't feel a need for it and (as I recall), it changes your lowest ISO. I keep the extended ISO range turned on, I really love ISO 80. In the past I found Pentax was conservative when it came to metering - I used to keep the K20 set to +.5 Ev. The K7 was pretty much what I wanted for exposure, so I left it on ) EV. The K5 has such excellent capability to recover details without introducing noise, and I find it tends a bit to blow out highlights on occasion, so I keep it set to -.3 Ev. My suggestion is to take lots of pictures, play with processing and then decide if you want to consistently use some EV.
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Ok. Will do. I probably will do use a - ev because blown highlights really bugs me.
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I set the exposure compensation to -0.3EV for the same reasons and use ISO 80 as a base setting.

I shot RAW just about all the time so I expect to apply some sharpening in post processing. I have default amount set in my Lightroom presets.

For shadows and highlights I use the histogram to see if there is any danger of drastic problems with shadows or highlights.

But it is amazing what you can recover from RAW files
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