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10-19-2017, 01:44 PM   #1
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Ok this is my first post in the forums looking for answers.

I am using my Pentax K50 in manual mode, green button set to Tv-Shift. My lens is an older Prospec 28-70mm lens. I have been setting my focal length to 50-55 which I thought I read somewhere, was the middle of the road for that lens.

My pictures all seem to come out with (Sorry, don't know the proper term) a whitewashed finish. Colors are "dull". (Uploading and example).

I am always willing to learn and listen, and in turn, share with others. Any thoughts.

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10-19-2017, 02:12 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by xVulcanRiderx Quote
Ok this is my first post in the forums looking for answers.

I am using my Pentax K50 in manual mode, green button set to Tv-Shift. My lens is an older Prospec 28-70mm lens. I have been setting my focal length to 50-55 which I thought I read somewhere, was the middle of the road for that lens.

My pictures all seem to come out with (Sorry, don't know the proper term) a whitewashed finish. Colors are "dull". (Uploading and example).

I am always willing to learn and listen, and in turn, share with others. Any thoughts.
Itʻs the lens. Primes tend to be sharper than zooms, and your Prospec which was probably a low end film zoom that may have fungus or mold haze due to age, is giving you low contrast and dull colors.

I did a quick and dirty post-process of your first image on Photoshop, just tweaking the levels, a bit of burning, and unsharp mask, just to show what can be done with what youʻve got.

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Replace the lens with one of these and you'll be good to go

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10-20-2017, 02:30 AM   #4
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Thank you all for the insight. All this time I was under the impression I was doing things right by storing my lens in a camera bag...After hearing about lens fungus I did more research and found out I was doing the worst thing I could. I will be looking into a replacement lens in the future. I switched to my 80-200mm lens and low and behold, even the view finder cleared up.... I have learned plenty already. Thank you

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