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02-25-2009, 07:09 PM   #16
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The D300 is far more aggresive with it's NR defaults, crank up the chroma NR in your RAW conversion and you should be OK.

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Can you leave the EXIF in your images when you edit like that? If you had DR on, then yes, you'll get lots of noise in the shadows. If you turn on Nikon's version of it, you get the same "feature". That's why most people don't use it
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Thanx so much everyone

Thanx for all of your replies. I also will do some test printing this weekend.

Can anyone suggest some internal settings they use for general purpose shooting around the house and outdoors so I can get the best results as I learn to use my k20d? Any suggestions for landscape/nature in particular and for casual portraits of family?

Thanx again.
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Odd...I don't see any noise issues at all.

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Interesting that this came up. I have also noticed that on my new K20d that in low light conditions and even when the camera itself uses low ISO settings... the images have a significant more amount of grain than my K10d. During the day the K20d rules hands down. I did many comparison shots between the two with my new DA* 16-50 and the K10d got away with using higher ISO and much less noise every time....... interesting....
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QuoteOriginally posted by iceemn360 Quote
Interesting that this came up. I have also noticed that on my new K20d that in low light conditions and even when the camera itself uses low ISO settings... the images have a significant more amount of grain than my K10d. During the day the K20d rules hands down. I did many comparison shots between the two with my new DA* 16-50 and the K10d got away with using higher ISO and much less noise every time....... interesting....
Haha ..... hmmm well

I did a reset under the set up menu and now the noise is as it should be (minimal!) so yay. perhaps that might help
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Hihi,

The K20D has less noise reduction effect compare to other models, but you gain the advantage with more details than the other brand too.

If you have read the review from DPReview web site and compare the Queen's head samples, you would understand.

Pentax K20D Review: 18. Photographic tests (Noise): Digital Photography Review

If you shoot in RAW, try to shoot with higher exposure by EV+, and decrease the exposure when post-process will help to reduce shadow noise.

If shoot in JPG, try to lower the sharpness will help little.

I personally found the noise levels are acceptable, and Pentax/Samsung noise look pretty natural within 100-800 ISO.

hope these would help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lawjbm Quote
The crop of my house makes things look worse than they are, but there still is noise at 100 ISO and I am wondering if I am doing something wrong
Yes, you're doing something wrong.
There is no noise in this crop. JPEG artifacts, yes, but no noise. If you see it, then your monitor is badly calibrated and you should calibrate it before anything else. You'll see that prints would be noise free. Sounds like you watch at Gamma=1.0 where the image is meant for Gamma=2.2.

As I said before: Noise at ISO100 only if you crank up the shadow brightness or look at an angle onto the screen. Or use a bad monitor or the wrong color profile

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Thanx again for your replies

Thanx all for your continued help.

I will do some printing this weekend and check my monitor. I use a Huey Pantone Pro, but will recalibrtae/check my settings.

When I look at the pictures on my desktop with a 26 inch LCD the noise in the indoor photo is very apparent. On my laptop it almost is invisible.

I also recognize comparing to a D300 is a bit unfair, though one member pointed out it was newer than the k20d. I thought they were introduced around roughly the same time as one another, perhaps with the k20d being slightly newer. Having said that there is a significant price diference so I want to be fair.

The Canon 40D I think is a more appropriate comparison and the noise on the
40D under the same conditions with similar settings is much less. There, but less.

I also am having slight softness issues, though. The pictures are not tack sharp or snapping into focus, handheld or on a tripod. This is my second copy of a camera and lens for this model and I am shooting RAW. I played around in Camera Raw 5.2, but no matter what I do the D300 and 40D pictures are sharper and more in focus. I will take some RAW+JPEGs this weekend at defaults (but playing around with NR on OFF, Weakest, and WEAK). I know the JPEGS may be a bit oversaturated with color.

I will let you all know what I see.

Any further suggestions are appreciated.

Thanx.
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Can you also post the exif data?

The main thing I see and your possible culprit is they seem to be underexposed. Try a better or more correct exposure and see what your results are.

Lastly, whatever the noise issue may be it pales in caparison to the effect it has on faces and vehicles....


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First of all: "who is the freak that just joined?"
Just joking, sorry, couldn't resist

I also don't see any noise in those (small) pictures, even though I'm a pixel peeper.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lawjbm Quote
I also am having slight softness issues, though. The pictures are not tack sharp or snapping into focus, handheld or on a tripod. This is my second copy of a camera and lens for this model and I am shooting RAW. I played around in Camera Raw 5.2, but no matter what I do the D300 and 40D pictures are sharper and more in focus.
Please post examples w/ EXIF.
One big difference is the sensor is closer to the theoretical lens resolution limit. If you go look at Canon forums, you'll see 50D (15Mpix) complain about the same thing compared to the 40D.
In postprocessing, crank up the sharpness a bit more on the K20D photos. You'll have more detail than the D300/40D.
I had a similar reaction when I upgraded from my K10D (10Mpix sensor).
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As far as the softness goes, you might want to check to make sure that you got a good copy of the 16-50: many of them are known to have decentering problems that cause softness. A good copy should typically turn out wonderfully sharp images.
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How to test 16-50 lens

Is there a way for me to test the 16-50 lens?

I have set the camera on a table (SR off) and taken pictures of objects placed behind one another in an attempt to see if there are back or front focusing problems. I used the in-camera adjustments for focusing and clearly that has an effect, but even when at the sharpest (either at the default focusing or 1 step behind or 1 step in front) there is no snapping of focus. The pictures are not blurry, but not as clear as the 40D or the D300.

Any suggestions?

Thanx again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krypticide Quote
Odd...I don't see any noise issues at all.
Ditto, I don't see it, but in fairness the shots are small. Maybe it shows up in the full sized shots.

Of course, then that begs the question of when will you use a full size shot.
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