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09-27-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Sharpening Settings

My first Pentax (K3II) and a little confused about the different sharpening settings. What do the three settings( Sharpening, Extra Sharpening, and Fine sharpening) do? Can't find an explanation in the manual.
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It's three different sharpening radiuses. Normal is the largest, XF is the smallest. Basically, each setting progressively applies sharpening in smaller "blocks" to the image, thus bringing out finer detail.

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I would think that these settings only apply if your shooting jpeg not raw.
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True, in that they are 'applied' and burnt in to the final jpeg output. With RAW recording then the settings will be saved in the file metadata, along with all the other custom image settings. However, with RAW, the only program that will actually open the file with these settings activated as set on the camera, is Pentax Digital Camera Utility. Other RAW converters, Lightroom, PhotoShop etc, will not recognise the camera settings.

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QuoteOriginally posted by New Pentax User Quote
My first Pentax (K3II) and a little confused about the different sharpening settings. What do the three settings( Sharpening, Extra Sharpening, and Fine sharpening) do? Can't find an explanation in the manual.
Thanks in advance for your help.
I would recommend leaving sharpness alone (i.e. not increasing it beyond the base setting). The K-3 produces very sharp images since it has no AA filter, so additional sharpening shouldn't be needed unless you have motion blur or softness from other sources.

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09-29-2015, 08:09 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the great information. I shall leave it as factory set for now. So many option, so much to learn. Thanks for your insights and help.
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I think you should experiment with the settings because, having no AA filter does not necessarily make the sharpness the way you want it. Based on the experimenting I have done, the three categories do not produce the same results. For the K-5 I have (and the K20D I once did) I found I like -Fine- Sharpness better than the other two.
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