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Old May 11, 2015, 4:24 PM   #11
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So you have to sharpen all your RAW shots?
Seems like the camera should be doing more of the heavy lifting
It does when shooting .jpeg but RAW is not sharpened by the camera. Some software like Adobe camera raw when set to auto will add sharpening. It is the same for the K5II no sharpening by camera when shooting RAW
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When you develop a Raw image,the software you got with your camera will normally use the camera settings for sharpening and contrast, so if you make no further adjustments, you should get an image very similar to what you'd see if you shot it in Jpeg. If you are using something else, it may not do the adjustments.
Were there any differences in the two camera settings, other than Raw for one? If so, it could explain the softness in the first image.
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Setting were the same-RAW files are DNG-I am still using elements 5.0-just recently bought Elements 13-but can't use it-computer has to have Windows 7 or better-still using XP-if I upgrade I would lose all my old programs
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The software I got with my K3 is a version of Silkypix, but I'm using W7, so it runs fine with the Pentax Raw files. Haven't played around with DNG yet, and don't much use Raw with the K3 anyway.
The K5 IIS has no AA filter, correct? Does it have the virtual AA filter like the K3? Just wondering if software could have problems due to no AA filter. Have you tried it with just Jpeg?
I do have a number of programs from XP that I run in compatibility mode in Win7. One or two don't, but I haven't yet upgraded to the Pro version, where I could run XP mode as a virtual machine. I just fire up the old coal stoked machine to do what I need.
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The main reason I don't upgrade is Microsoft Office-running 2003-don't want to "rent" Microsoft Office every year.
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Old May 12, 2015, 8:52 AM   #16
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When you develop a Raw image,the software you got with your camera will normally use the camera settings for sharpening and contrast, so if you make no further adjustments, you should get an image very similar to what you'd see if you shot it in Jpeg. If you are using something else, it may not do the adjustments.
Were there any differences in the two camera settings, other than Raw for one? If so, it could explain the softness in the first image.
That explains my required sharpening I use Adobe LightRoom and shot only .DNG RAW the camera settings are not applied. I also have to sharpen my Canon RAW images same as my Pentax
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Next step-going to use DA 40 on both cameras's-aperture priority-IS0 400 using a tripod-jpeg's only-no RAW-will see what happens
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Set up the tripod in my garage using natural soft light. Both cameras were set at F5.6. ISO 400. They both used shutter speed of 1/160. Used wireless remote to fire camera. The original setting on the K5iis was the combination of RAW (DNG) + Jpeg. Changed it to just Jpeg. Used the DA 40 2.8 Ltd for the lens. Sharpness appears to be equal-so I will just shoot the Jpeg until I can get a program to open the Pentax RAW files-CD did not come with the camera. Thanks for all your input-top photo is from K5-bottom photo from Ist DS
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The main reason I don't upgrade is Microsoft Office-running 2003-don't want to "rent" Microsoft Office every year.
I only us MSWord at work. At home, used to use OpenOffice, but recently switched to Libre. Works just fine and it's free.
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LibreOffice also works great on Mac... and the price sure is right!
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