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Forum: Pentax Q 07-10-2014, 02:09 AM  
Q Firmware Wishlist
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 12
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When using the in-camera raw-conversion, the file name of the new image should be "similar" to the name of the raw file. Currently, after converting some raw files, it gets difficult so know which jpg file belong to which raw file. Another even better option for in-camera raw-conversion would be, to replace the old jpg with a new one, so that the file name of the jpg remains the same.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-11-2014, 07:45 AM  
Q7 dynamic range
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 3
Views: 1,554
Try to reduce the exposure so that the highlights are dark enough for not being burned out. Then increase brightness (especially of the shadows) by changing the picture parameters to "highkey + 2 or 3 or 4" in combination with a slightly reduced contrast-setting. This is IMHO the best looking way to deal with a high contrast scene.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-26-2014, 08:56 AM  
So where does the Q go from here?
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 56
Views: 7,459
A brighter standard zoom would be great, but only as long as it remains small.

Another issue, although never mentioned, is the currently extremely weak rendering of reds under artificial light (see Pentax Q7 Review - Compared to the Q - You can clearly see the effect in the "high-iso noise"-images, where a part of the reds is rendered as pink even at iso 100.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-06-2014, 01:49 AM  
when Santa Claus looks pink...
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 5
Views: 843
Thanks, maybe that explains why I like their rendering of a blue sky more than on my Canon DSLR. :D It has also been my impression that the general Pentax-rendering of red colours can have a small shift towards magenta, but it is usually still "ok" with my Q, at least under neutral daylight, and I really like their rendering of landscapes and the possibility to attach a polarizer.:)

However, for lowlight photography with the Q, this is another issue for me beside the small sensor and the slow standard zoom (especially because my Canon S110 seems to be much better in this respect...).
Forum: Pentax Q 02-05-2014, 08:40 AM  
when Santa Claus looks pink...
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 5
Views: 843
Thanks for your reply. I have already tried this, but it doen't help either. All other colours will only look odd but the reds remain pink.

I rather seems to be an issue of the sensor (more red than the sensor can handle), or a question of image processing in the camera.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-05-2014, 07:25 AM  
when Santa Claus looks pink...
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 5
Views: 843
In the last 1 1/2 years with my Q I have always been unhappy with the rendering of "red" under artificial light with my Q, which is often shifted to magenta. Especially in christmas time, this is extremely annoying to me, as it means that for example Santa Claus can often look like dressed in pink instead of the classic red.:confused: Unfortunately, even with RAW I haven't been able to fix that problem. The only thing that helps is the usage of the flash to change the lightning situation. Has anybody else made the same experience under artificial light, and does anybody know if the Q7 would be better in this respect?

Thanks for any help!
Forum: Pentax Q 06-20-2013, 01:54 AM  
Pentax Q7 Sample Photos [18]
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 23
Views: 7,454
Thanks for these first impressions.

When shooting highlights like burning candles or sunsets the Q/Q10 suffered from strong flare (see Pentax-01 Standard Prime 8.5mm f/1.9 (Pentax Q) - Review / Lens Test - Sample Images & Verdict). It was stated by Pentax that this flare is sensor based. Can you say if the Q7 is better in this respect?
Forum: Pentax Q 01-17-2013, 07:25 AM  
Do I need the Standard Prime?
Posted By shooty77
Replies: 21
Views: 2,760
On the positive side, the standard prime is one stop brighter than the standard zoom (but still far away from offering real shallow depth of field), it is smaller and also offers a slightly higher resolution.

On the downside, it has a high distortion whereas the standard zoom is more or less distortion free at the same focal length (and if you enable distortion correction, the higher resolution of the standard prime will decrease). Chromatic aberation is also higher (twice as much as the standard zoom, to be precise). And, most important, the focal length is fixed, which makes the lens IMHO much less versatile.

In the end it depends on your preferences. From my point of view, the bright standard prime is only usefull in lowlight situations (only to keep the ISO down) if you have the flexibility to make one step backwards or forwards to compensate for a missing zoom. This however might only work if the distance to your subject is rather low (e.g. portraits). If that is what you are mainly shooting, the standard prime should be fine. However if you also want to capture a whole scene, or have not enough space to step backwards, you might prefer to use the standard zoom at wide angle, or at any other focal length you need;-). I am currently happy with only using the Standard Zoom.
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