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03-06-2009, 06:27 AM   #1
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Had the opportunity to trade my K10d for a K20d recently. Wow. Questions abound but two currently stick out. Sharpness vs fine sharpness...the difference, practical application? If I knock down recorded pixels from 14.6mp to 10mp, what kind of degragation occurs? Am I getting the equivalent of a K10d image or does using less pixels produce something different or worse?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Schwatmann Quote
Had the opportunity to trade my K10d for a K20d recently. Wow. Questions abound but two currently stick out. Sharpness vs fine sharpness...the difference, practical application? If I knock down recorded pixels from 14.6mp to 10mp, what kind of degragation occurs? Am I getting the equivalent of a K10d image or does using less pixels produce something different or worse?
I'm not sure about taking photos at less MP but as far as the sharpening is concerned I always do my sharping in PP... well I always shoot RAW but if I did shoot jpg I would still do my sharpening in PP . Other then I like to have control of my level of sharpening you always end of needing to re-sharpen after resizing so your better off starting from an un-sharpened photo.


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I'm not sure about taking photos at less MP but as far as the sharpening is concerned I always do my sharping in PP... well I always shoot RAW but if I did shoot jpg I would still do my sharpening in PP . Other then I like to have control of my level of sharpening you always end of needing to re-sharpen after resizing so your better off starting from an un-sharpened photo.


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Very shortly after I got my K20D, I discovered that the fine sharpening mode indeed produces apparently "sharper" images, but also increases noise to unacceptable levels. So I left it at standard sharpness with fine sharpness off and do my sharpening in PP.

About shooting at less resolution, I've never done this, but I guess is like having a Ferrari and disconecting 4 of the 12 spark plugs.... It can still run, but.... In other words, why bother using less resolution? Memory space is nonsense with today's low cost memory cards and hard drives.
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About shooting at less resolution, I've never done this, but I guess is like having a Ferrari and disconecting 4 of the 12 spark plugs.... It can still run, but.... In other words, why bother using less resolution?
I'd guess that lower resolution might work better with older-softer-cheaper lenses, which may not be up-to-snuff for 14.7mp. Does anyone have any experience here? I plan to test some of my old MFLs Real Soon Now to see if/how they look different at various resolutions. Will I find that my 100/2.8 Meyer Trioplan, which is a bit soft at 14.7mp, looks sharp-as-a-tack at 5mp? I'll find out, as soon as I get that damn Round Tuit...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Schwatmann Quote
Had the opportunity to trade my K10d for a K20d recently. Wow. Questions abound but two currently stick out. Sharpness vs fine sharpness...the difference, practical application? If I knock down recorded pixels from 14.6mp to 10mp, what kind of degragation occurs? Am I getting the equivalent of a K10d image or does using less pixels produce something different or worse?
You should get jpegs comparable to your K10D. That setting is for jpeg compression. You will have some more latitude with the 14.7MP, for cropping and larger prints. It has no effect when recording in RAW.

As for sharpness vs. fine sharpness, The latter produces more noise, but also more appealing jpegs for general snapshots.
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