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02-24-2014, 02:39 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Who Loves Pentax for HDR?

Please "like" this post if you use (or are interested in using) Pentax DSLR's for HDR photography. I own a K-5, and I love that I can shoot 5 bracketed photos. Most similar cameras from other manufacturers only shoot 3, which is often not enough. What other Pentax cameras are others using for HDR?

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QuoteOriginally posted by KevinE Quote
Please "like" this post if you use (or are interested in using) Pentax DSLR's for HDR photography. I own a K-5, and I love that I can shoot 5 bracketed photos. Most similar cameras from other manufacturers only shoot 3, which is often not enough. What other Pentax cameras are others using for HDR?
Most advanced DSLRs actually support more than just 3-shot bracketing these days. But what I do like that's unique to Pentax and the K-3 is a HDR raw mode, which makes it much easier to quickly shoot HDRs and finalize the processing on your desktop.

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I agree. Also just to clarify, when I purchased the K5 it was the only DSLR in my price range that shot more than three bracketed shots. Thanks for the response.
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I like my K5 because with its huge dynamic range, I don't *need* to HDR.

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I personally find the HDR images a bit repulsive so I rarely use it. To each his own, I guess...
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I personally find the HDR images a bit repulsive so I rarely use it. To each his own, I guess...
Well... it depends. They CAN be done artfully, with subtlety. Unfortunately most people overdo it, which makes them look very unnatural.

@OP: I used my K-5IIs for HDR once. But I shoot my 3 (or 5, or how much ever) pictures in raw manually, and then do the HDRing on the PC.
No in camera bracketing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wullemaha Quote
Well... it depends. They CAN be done artfully, with subtlety. Unfortunately most people overdo it, which makes them look very unnatural.

@OP: I used my K-5IIs for HDR once. But I shoot my 3 (or 5, or how much ever) pictures in raw manually, and then do the HDRing on the PC.
No in camera bracketing.
Yes, thats what I meant - sorry for not being very clear - just dont like unnatural pics with weird lighting/contrast....
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The K-3 is much faster in bracketing mode than the K-5, which is nice if you're taking HDR handheld or of moving objects.

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K200D here. I use Corel PaintShop Pro X6. It has a Single Raw HDR function which will split a shot 3 ways. It allows you to control the over and under and also allows you to offset the original exposure using a single RAW file. It gives me the ability to do some HDR processing on action photos that would otherwise be stuck with normal processing.


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I'm also not a fan of the OVERCOOKED HDR. It looks too fake most of the time.

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