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05-12-2014, 01:28 AM   #1
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My K3 pictures look out of focus and blurry when I check them out 100% on my pc. I tried, turning the stabilization off, noice reduction off, still didnt work. I even tried micro adjustment. I tried to apply sharpness on pentax digital camera utility, but it dosnt help. Still look out of focus and blury. Last thing I want to try is, in camera sharpness before returning it. Can anyone tell me how to access in-camera sharpness on K3? I cant find it on menu. I am using version 1.03 firmware.

05-12-2014, 02:04 AM   #2
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The sharpness setting is in the custom image menu, but it's not going to help you as it sounds like something else is causing the blur.

Can you post an example straight out of camera?

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Can you attach an example, one with EXIF intact, Pat?
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Hi Pat
100% will always look more or less soft, particularly so with higher resolution sensors - think about how the bayer filter works and then you think, well 100% of what / what is a pixel anyway?

You need to decide on the final image size.
How does it look printed at (say) A3 size by a professional photo lab is a better question to ask.

05-12-2014, 03:42 AM   #5
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@ calsan - Its sharp 35% of the time, 65% not sharp.( I keep the focus point on eyes, low iso enough shutter speed).
@ Adam - I still cant find custom Image for sharpness. All I have on Custom menu is -
1 EV steps, 2 Sensitive steps, 3 Meter, 4 AE-L with AF locked, 5 Link AE and AF, 6 Auto EV compensation 7. Bulb mode 8. Bracketing order 9. One-push 10. WB Adjustment 11. WB When using flash 12. AWB in Tungsten 13.Color Temp 14. Superimpose AF 15.AF.S 16.1st Frame Action 17.Action in AF.C 18.Hold Af Status 19)AF with Remote 20. Release while charging 21. Color space 22.LCD panal 23. Save Rotation 24. Save Menu 25.Catch-in-focus 26.AF Fine adjustment 27.Using Apature Ring. Then Reset custom functions

There is no image menu or sharpness menu.. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post it straight out of camera.

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There is no sharpness adjustment or saturation adjustments. Not sure if the firmware version 1.03 changed the menu.

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PS - I have found custom Image . Thank you guys. Couldnt edit / delete previous post. I will take some pictures after adjusting in-camera Sharpness and post some pictures if problem still exist. Thanks for your help guys
05-12-2014, 12:52 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pat_01 Quote
My K3 pictures look out of focus and blurry
Maybe they *are* out of focus.

Manufacturing tolerances with cameras and lenses can lead to less than optimum focus, even with a brand new out of the box camera.

You should check for back/front focus and do AF Adjustment if needs be. Manual focus can also lead to poor results if the focus screen is improperly shimmed.
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I sent my camera for a service at CR Kenady. After few days I received it by post. I used Tamron 90mm 2.8 and Da 50mm 1.8 for test shots. Issue is still there.. But when I stop down, photos are nice and sharp. So I guess, I found a way around...
06-07-2014, 02:19 PM   #8
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depending on lens?

My K3 works perfect with my Pentax 18-270 but has a horrible back focus with the two Tamron 28-75/2.8 i have bought and tested it on.
I would appretiate if anyone on the forums could verify this with their setup and any other K3 setup they have had problems with.


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