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01-04-2011, 12:01 AM   #1
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New K10! - need suggestions for image settings

I just received my NEW Pentax K10D - that's right, new and usused in the box! I just unpacked it and I am charging the battery at the moment.

I have read a few reviews and the general consensus is that with JPEGs the default image settings give soft images and dull colours - the advice given is to either:

1) use the 'bright' image setting (and perhaps reduce saturation slightly), or
2) use the 'natural' setting but increase sharpness (+2), contrast (+1) and saturation (+1)

Obviously, this would be just a starting point but any comments/advice would be welcomed. I know that I would probably be best off shooting RAW but at this stage I'd like to keep it simple and use JPEG.

One other thing: How do I check what firmware I've got? Where/How can I dowload the latest firmware? And what's the advantage of the latest firmware?

Thanks in advance!


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I had mine on the bright setting with +1 sharpness and +1 contrast (0 saturation).
But it mattered little to me as I mainly shot RAW.
Check firmware by holding down the menu button while you switch the camera on.
Latest firmware gives you the ability to use SDM/HSM lenses amongst other things:

Changes to V1.31
•Improved stability of recording image for some SDHC Memory card.
Changes to V1.30
•Correspond to PENTAX DA lens which built-in supersonic motor (SDM System)
Changes to V1.20
•Correspond to PENTAX REMOTE Assistant 3
Changes to V1.11
•Correspond to development in the RAW data camera when multiple exposing.
•When built-in flash is used the luminescence control by the trailing-shutter-curtain sync was corrected.
Changes to V1.10
The following function has been added in version 1.10

•Wireless control of external flash through built-in flash.
•Instantly return to centre AF point by one push of button in AF select mode.
•Possible to change ISO setting by dial at TV/AV mode.
•ISO setting change by dial while the ISO setting is being displayed on the LCD by pushing OK button.
•Green button function in M mode is available at TAv mode (Hyper manual).
•AV and TV switch by dial at P mode.
•Instant return to the default value by green button at strobe light compensation.


The following contents have been corrected.

•In rare case, vertical stripe at long time exposure.
•Released “B exposure” and show battery empty sign when using B mode.

Latest K10D Firmware Update : Software Downloads : PENTAX
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Thanks Ash.

Will definitely have to upgrade the firmware as I tried an SDM lens and it only focussed via the screw drive.
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If you stay with older versions of the software, SDM failures will not affect you

Congratulations, it's a nice camera. Still using mine as a dedicated M42 camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Spock Quote
Thanks Ash.

Will definitely have to upgrade the firmware as I tried an SDM lens and it only focussed via the screw drive.
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If you stay with older versions of the software, SDM failures will not affect you

Congratulations, it's a nice camera. Still using mine as a dedicated M42 camera.
Unless you have an SDM only lens (DA*55, DA17-70) you might want to rethink that firmware upgrade to the latest. I Definitely would not go beyond 1.30. At that point you can still get back to an older firmware or use the hacking software to adjust things like AF (Welcome to Pentax Hack). 1.20 will get you all of the functionality of the K10d needed.

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Sounds like good advice but the download link (posted above) only seems to give the option of downloading the latest firmware.
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Which one do you want? I have all the firmwares for the K10d stored on my backup drive and I'll put it up for you if you want.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Spock Quote

I know that I would probably be best off shooting RAW but at this stage I'd like to keep it simple and use JPEG.
You answered your question. RAW is not difficult.

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Which one do you want? I have all the firmwares for the K10d stored on my backup drive and I'll put it up for you if you want.

Thanks. 1.30 would be great if you have it.

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You answered your question. RAW is not difficult.
Really? I don't have the time or energy to post process each image individually. I thought that's what is required with RAW. (?)
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I have to run right now but I'll dig it out later and post it.

Did you try the download page at the hack site?

http://www.pentax-hack.info/documents/downloads.html

Not the one I had stored (on a different computer backup than the one I'm on right now) but this should do it for you if the above doesn't work..

http://www.rolleiman.com/firmware/

Both the packed and unpacked files should be there.




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I have to run right now but I'll dig it out later and post it.

Did you try the download page at the hack site?

Downloads

Not the one I had stored (on a different computer backup than the one I'm on right now) but this should do it for you if the above doesn't work..

Index of /firmware

Both the packed and unpacked files should be there.



Thanks for that. The firmware's updated and the SDM on my DA*200 works!

Now if anyone else has some advice on the image settings I'm keen to hear it!
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Thanks for that. The firmware's updated and the SDM on my DA*200 works!

Now if anyone else has some advice on the image settings I'm keen to hear it!
Glad it worked out for you. As for settings, I always left everything natural for JPGs on the K10d. Rarely did I ever use an out of camera JPG however as I've done RAW pretty much since day one of my dSLR run (being able to do so is one of the reasons I switched from my FZ20 to the K10d). The only 'setting' I would recommend is to stay below ISO 400 with that camera. That's where it really shines, ISO100-400.

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Did you get it from Ebay? There is a guy selling them new in box there for 379 USD I believe, its not a bad deal on a 2nd body(Or first) if anyone else is interested.
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Did you get it from Ebay? There is a guy selling them new in box there for 379 USD I believe, its not a bad deal on a 2nd body(Or first) if anyone else is interested.
Yes, that's the one! They really are new in the box!
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I still love my K10. I'm running V1.30 firmware, with bright setting, -1 saturation, +2 sharpness.

I think full auto exposure isn't all that flash, but i shoot mainly in manual or aperture priority anyway. I also have negative flash exposure dialed in most of the time.

I have not played a great deal with raw, simply because i'm not sure what damn software to use, or how to use it. so i''m happy with the camera, even though i haven't really made use of it's best IQ strength.

edit: just wish i could afford better glass.

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