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01-08-2019, 04:47 PM - 2 Likes   #61
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Since you are shooting right out of the box, just do two things for optimum operation and results- 1. put your mode dial on "P" full Program rather than on the auto "green" mode, which disallows many adjustments and controls. 2. then go into your Custom Image menus to implement "Fine Sharpening". This you access via the info button to bring up a links screen for various adjustments. I believe the Custom Image section is the first one, and is pre-selected. The 4 buttons surrounding the ok button are now navigational buttons. Hit the ok button to access the Custom Image menus. By default, the camera is probably already set on the Bright" category, which is best for most shooting needs. Now hit info again to access this category to adjust parameters. Tab down to the Sharpness adjustment. The level is by default up by +1 from center, which is normal for this category. Leave that as is. Simply use your rear thumb dial to put an "F" by the "S" for Fine Sharpening. Hit the ok button, then hit it again. Then turn off the camera and you are done. This will provide best detail in your images.


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Since you are shooting right out of the box, just do two things for optimum operation and results- 1. put your mode dial on "P" full Program rather than on the auto "green" mode, which disallows many adjustments and controls. 2. then go into your Custom Image menus to implement "Fine Sharpening". This you access via the info button to bring up a links screen for various adjustments. I believe the Custom Image section is the first one, and is pre-selected. The 4 buttons surrounding the ok button are now navigational buttons. Hit the ok button to access the Custom Image menus. By default, the camera is probably already set on the Bright" category, which is best for most shooting needs. Now hit info again to access this category to adjust parameters. Tab down to the Sharpness adjustment. The level is by default up by +1 from center, which is normal for this category. Leave that as is. Simply use your rear thumb dial to put an "F" by the "S" for Fine Sharpening. Hit the ok button, then hit it again. Then turn off the camera and you are done. This will provide best detail in your images.
Great advice - I'll do that! Thanks for those tips.
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To all the great commenters here and on other threads on PF - I picked the Pentax KP! It arrived last Friday. I've been testing out the lenses I'm likely to buy from my friend.

It's been a dream so far! Right out of the box, I've been able to capture things in low light I would have had to just pass on in the past. The bokeh is great, and the color tones are excellent without the need for much Photoshop adjustment.

I'm stoked about what I'll be able to capture now... just beginning to play with it, and haven't even read the manual or changed any settings yet, just shooting out of the box. What a lovely piece it is.

Here's a couple of the first shots in very low-light situations. The first shows great detail in the low-light capture, and the second scores on what I've been trying to do for years but couldn't previously - get sharp detail in the foreground (you can see the threads in the lampshade) with buttery bokeh beyond.
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The KP is a wonderful camera. However, lenses make bokeh, not cameras.

The bokeh balls in your second image that you call "buttery bokeh" are actually neutral specular highlights. They are neither harsh nor are they exceptional (like those from an STF lens). I've never heard of bokeh balls being described as buttery. Rather, the out of focus background itself (or the foreground) sometimes can have a buttery look to it. Your first photo of the cat does seem to exhibit a buttery background blur, but not the lampshade photo.

Check out this Flickr Group to see hundreds of images wiith buttery bokeh.

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