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11-13-2012, 04:11 PM   #31
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Sharpening jpgs have no use for me, sorry. I have already an opinion. I did a lot of sharpening this days (from K5, K5II, K5IIs, 7D, Nex-5N, 5DmkII). I have enough. I just sell my K5 to go with K5IIs. We will see.
K5 was wonderful but no in low light focusing and for that he had to go.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
Since the images are from different system, it wouldn't be very helpful to process them identically. That being said, we can however address the inherent difference between both systems. ie. in this case, we can counter the effects of the AA filter by deblurring the K-5 II RAW image to match the K-5 IIs. At which point both images can then be developed accordingly.

Let me know if this makes sense.
No, it does not make sense to me. Why spend the effort to get a pseudo-similar image when the more helpful of approaches would be to either present both the II and IIs unaltered, or both after post processing? They both use the same sensor & take the same lenses, so they are only different as to AA filter or no AA filter. Post processing both would be beneficial because then we could see if the II can come close to the IIs in real world usage & by using techniques the majority of us use when processing RAW.
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Sharpening jpgs have no use for me, sorry. I have already an opinion. I did a lot of sharpening this days (from K5, K5II, K5IIs, 7D, Nex-5N, 5DmkII). I have enough. I just sell my K5 to go with K5IIs. We will see.
K5 was wonderful but no in low light focusing and for that he had to go.
FTR. I have the original TIFF's for download for anyone interested in trying their hand at it.
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No, it does not make sense to me. Why spend the effort to get a pseudo-similar image when the more helpful of approaches would be to either present both the II and IIs unaltered, or both after post processing? They both use the same sensor & take the same lenses, so they are only different as to AA filter or no AA filter. Post processing both would be beneficial because then we could see if the II can come close to the IIs in real world usage & by using techniques the majority of us use when processing RAW.
I'm thinking this may delve in a JPG vs RAW type scenario, though for a RAW shooter, adding a deblur adjustment in ones profile would be seamless. ie. many of us have been doing this with the K-5 classic due to it's rather heavy handed AA filter. However, it could see people investing in the IIs version if they were shooting OOC images(JPG) for example.

Though above all, I think it's comes down to whether or not people are willing to deal with the effects of moire and aliasing in JPG vs that of having the ultimate IQ in RAW that comes-up .

PS. I'm not trying ignore your point on final processing btw. And I agree that this would ultimately show what each system can do. However, since this particular exercise was designed to address the effects of the AA filter exclusively. This method gives everyone the opportunity to process the files according to their own likes and dislikes. - focusing on the effects and differences of the AA filter.


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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
I'm thinking this may delve in a JPG vs RAW type scenario, though for a RAW shooter, adding a deblur adjustment in ones profile would be seamless. ie. many of us have been doing this with the K-5 classic due to it's rather heavy handed AA filter. However, it could see people investing in the IIs version if they were shooting OOC images(JPG) for example.
Well, in all fairness, one could also change the sharpening settings of the OOC jpegs of the K-5 II as well...

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Though above all, I think its whether people want to deal with the effects of moire and aliasing in JPG vs that of having the ultimate IQ in RAW that comes-up .
I understand what you did and why you did it this way. I think it's a good idea. And it reinforces my leaning towards the regular K-5 II instead of the IIs. To me, the theorical advantage in resolution is not worth the risk of moire. Speaking of which, this particular scene + distance + lens/aperture seems to land right in the IIs' moire-producing sweet spot, doesn't it ?
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Well, in all fairness, one could also change the sharpening settings of the OOC jpegs of the K-5 II as well...
Yes and I'd say that makes good sense.

And I'd add that the sharpening applied here(deconvoluted) isn't your typical type sharpening(see: deblurring). And so when we consider that the K-5 II image suffers from the effects of the AA filter(softness), we find that K-5 IIs doesn't benefit from the same adjustment.

That being said, I think I might have been better off putting up a small paragraph to better explain the deblurring and its effects on the K-5 II image rather than using the term sharpening as I did. At any rate, if you deblur the K-5 IIs, image in the same way, it quickly degrades past the point of perceptual rendering into what I'd call a pixelated or over-amplification of contrast details. - if that makes sense.

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JohnBee, Have you tried focusing with Photo Ninja. Class A quoted their spiel saying that they had a special de-ant-alias blurring. They are made by the Noise Ninja folks. I see they have killed Noise Ninja and replaced it with an entire RAW developer. If you can't join Lightroom, beat it?

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JohnBee, Have you tried focusing with Photo Ninja. Class A quoted their spiel saying that they had a special de-ant-alias blurring. They are made by the Noise Ninja folks. I see they have killed Noise Ninja and replaced it with an entire RAW developer. If you can't join Lightroom, beat it?

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Totally new to me.
But it looks exciting
I'm going to give it a whirl tonight.

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I've since taken the liberty of sharpening both files using FocalBlade:

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While I cannot speak for others, I honestly can't find any advantage to the K-5 IIs in this particular scene.
Though if we factor-in moire and false color, then I suppose the K-5 II gains the upper hand in this particular race.

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Please give more information on what you did - again, when I used photoshop's unsharp mask with the same settings for both RAW files, I could see a difference. I would like to understand what you did with Focal Blade that resulted in practically no difference.
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Please give more information on what you did - again, when I used photoshop's unsharp mask with the same settings for both RAW files, I could see a difference. I would like to understand what you did with Focal Blade that resulted in practically no difference.
Okay let me summarize from the top:

1) Developed both files in RawTherapee (yields more detail than ACR or LR4)
2) Applied Deconvoluted sharpening to the K-5 II image (compensate for AA filter blur). - This is a Raw Therapee feature, though Topaze Detail is an equivalent if you're limited to Photoshop. Settings are: 68 rad & 28 strength.
3) Sharpened both images using FocalBlade: i) K-5 IIs using default settings w/reduced strength just short of artifacts(halo). ii) K-5 II sharpened as follows:



Hope this helps.

PS. looking at the image again, I think the radius could go down a few notches on the K-5 II

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So to be clear - you first sharpened the k-5II file, then sharpened both with Focal Blade?
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So to be clear - you first sharpened the k-5II file, then sharpened both with Focal Blade?
The adjustment made to the K-5 II in RawTherapee is called Deconvoluted Sharpening. Which is a fancy name for deblurring. Not to be confused with unsharp mask type methods, which is why it is appropriate to apply this particular adjustment at the beginning rather than the end of the post processing workflow. That being said, if you're not using Raw Therapee, you can apply the same type of deblurring using Topaz Detail. After which, both files are subject to sharpening as usual. I used FocalBlade in this case, though I'm confident Smart sharpen would work just as well.

PS. I just tried something and discovered that you can forgo the deblurring altogether and render both files with FocalBlade alone. (never really considered this would work tbh). Which doesn't produce as fine a result as the deblur > sharpening method, though it certainly simplifies the process.

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Okay so I had chance to play around some more today and I managed to adjust both images to better reflect their inherent capacity for detail. The first thing I noticed here is where the K-5 IIs is prone to creating false detail due to the effect of moire .

Having said that, I also noticed that though there seem to be inherent differences between the K-5 II and K-5 IIs, it appears as though these can all be addressed in post. Though as far as final detail goes, it looks as though whatever is lost to moire can never be regained, whereas what is obfuscated by the AA filter is easilly recoverable.


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And for reference:
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Hope this helps
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Though as far as final detail goes, it looks as though whatever is lost to moire can never be regained, whereas what is obfuscated by the AA filter is easilly recoverable.
In RawTherapee we can choose between 7 demosaic algorithm. I can't remember when I use any algorithm other than the default Amaze but when tinkering with DPR K-5IIs raws I found that moire can be reduced by using the hphd algorithm and setting the false color suppression steps to 5. I found that this will substantially reduce moire on the sides of Cesar's (I think that's him) head and the VW beetles' back. Moire on the coin face above mickey and the horizontal line card left of Baileys are only slightly reduced, though. This method has no effect on sharpness, and slight saturation reduction on some colors.

IMHO this shows there are variance of moire(s?), and that depending on what type of moire we encounter the post processing tax of removing moire manually can be reduced considerably when we shoot raw. Also, that there may well be better Algorithm in the future which will help reduce moire even more, as far fetched as it may seem.
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