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03-06-2009, 09:02 AM   #691
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I've got a question.

I look through a lot of these photos, and a lot of people have really nice clear vibrant photos. While it's winter here, it's hard to get that because everything is almost like black & white, but I'm hoping in the spring I will be able to get that.

Is there a way in particular? I've knocked my contrast and sharpness up two, but anything else?

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EDIT: I'm going to Washington DC in a few weeks, so I really hope to get some great results.

On the K20D, I shoot 90% JPEG, 'bright' setting, fine sharpness +2.

In picasa afterwards, I sometimes bump contrast +1 if it was a dull day, and sometimes sharpness +1 if the image looks better with it.


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I shoot RAW on my K200D, then tweak the default RAW settings in Aperture, add a bit of vibrancy, adjust exposure slightly and the shots look great.

I finally got my hands on a SMC-M 28mm f3.5, and it is a stunner of a lens. Pin sharp and lovely contrast. Must be one of the sharpest M lenses there is.

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I shoot RAW on my K200D, then tweak the default RAW settings in Aperture, add a bit of vibrancy, adjust exposure slightly and the shots look great.

I finally got my hands on a SMC-M 28mm f3.5, and it is a stunner of a lens. Pin sharp and lovely contrast. Must be one of the sharpest M lenses there is.
Ian, that's an incredible shot.
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...and from the same delivery, I got a SMC-M 75-150 f4 for the equivalent of $10 and it also is a great lens, so far as I have tried it.

This was taken at the 150mm end, on f4.



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I shoot RAW and tweak as necessary in ACDSee. The most common adjustment I make is to an apply an S-curve - drag up the highs, drag down the lows. Overall effect being to increase contrast, but giving me control over how that is done. If necessary, I'll also adjust the white and black points to increase contrast, but in a scene with any dynamic range, it's likely to be clipping already (or close to it) at one end or the other.

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I haven't been giving my M200/4 much love. Lately, I've found myself shooting in larger concert halls as opposed to the small clubs I usually shoot. Turns out f/4 really is good enough in most halls that are big enough that 200mm seems like a good idea. I had fun with it last night. All shot on my K200D, ISO 800 or 1600, f/4, and shutter speeds of 1/125" or better:








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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I haven't been giving my M200/4 much love. Lately, I've found myself shooting in larger concert halls as opposed to the small clubs I usually shoot. Turns out f/4 really is good enough in most halls that are big enough that 200mm seems like a good idea. I had fun with it last night.
Marc, nice shots and I have a question regarding the M 200mm f/4. I've tried 2 of these lenses in the past. Both had red, green and purple fringing in enough outdoor shots that I have just avoided it. Maybe it was 2 bad ones in a row for me however, have you experienced this?

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Okay, I've realized that RAW is the way to go.

Because really, no matter what, if the photo is somewhat over exposed, once you put it on the computer, you can change the temperature, contrast, brightness, colour, etc.

So I'm really pumped for Washington DC, hopefully the cherry blossoms will just be everywhere

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I have a question regarding the M 200mm f/4. I've tried 2 of these lenses in the past. Both had red, green and purple fringing in enough outdoor shots that I have just avoided it. Maybe it was 2 bad ones in a row for me however, have you experienced this?
When I said I haven't been giving my M200/4 much love, I meant it - it's only been mounted on the camera a handful of times. My initial test shots (done outdoors in strong light) were underwhelming to me. No special problems - I didn't see any more color fringing than my DA5-200 at 200mm, for instance. In fact, I can't say I saw much difference between it and my DA50-200 at all, aside from being a stop faster and easier to focus manually. And since f/4 didn't seem impressively fast, I had a hard time envisioning a use for the M200/4, especially since it is so much bigger and heavier than the DA50-200. So the zoom has been used a *lot* more. It's only been over the last couple of weeks I've come to realize that any concert than makes me want 200mm is probably a concert where f/4 *is* going to be good enough. Last night was actually it's first real use aside from the initial test shots and one outdoor concert I brought it to just after buying it.

So bottom line, no, I haven't seen much fringing, but I also have very little experience with the lens. Also, as a frame of reference, it took me around a year or actual use to start noticing fringing issues with the M135/3.5 - some kinds of light trigger it, but most don't. When it does happen, it's pretty terrible.
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SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7. I like this lens.


f/11


f/2

Bigger versions at Flickr: erikgrahnj's Photostream

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Both taken with my Pentax-M 28mm F2.8.





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Spring comes to Laurelwood Pond

Hi all,

First decent day in Waterloo in quite a while. Took the M 400/5.6 down to the pond. I'm starting to like this lens. The ice is melting nicely and the geese are staring to nest. Probably the most photographed birds on the planet but we haven't seen them for a while around here.







Not a goose but the best shot of the day.



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I'm just waiting for my split image focusing screen to arrive ľ then I'll be able to fully enjoy my M lenses on my dSLR. When it's installed, I'll definitely put some shots up here. I have the...
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Not a goose but the best shot of the day.



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That is nice capture. Very sharp focus.
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Here's a shot I liked, taken with my M100/f2.8 at 1/800th f/8 on my K100D Super:

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