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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-24-2018, 11:24 AM  
The DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D
Posted By outsider
Replies: 5
Views: 366
I had been on the fence about getting this lens for years. Partly because there are so few high quality examples of it's many claimed qualities. And since I shoot mostly street portraits, I was very interested in what a portrait would look like with this lens. So I took the dive and got it. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, since most of the reviews either praised it for sharpness (many claimed it very sharp wide open) or complained of lack of sharpness wide open and front focusing. My feeling was that it seemed to be one of those lenses which takes lots of practice and playing around with to understand and get the best out of. I got mine from a japanese seller on ebay. It was used, but in immaculate, like new condition. This is one reason I don't see any reason to buy new anymore. I basically got a new lens and saved $500. I couldn't tell that it had been mounted. Anyways, when I got it, I mounted it to my D300 and took some test shots around the yard, my first impression was how smooth and pleasantly fast the focusing was. Then I noticed what appeard to be front focusing, wide open. I made some fine tune adjustments and that didn't help much. I set fine tuning to +15 and left it, went out for real world street portraits and it worked beautifully. Not complaints. I think the combination of focal length, combined with wide aperture makes the lens very, very tricky to work with for certain things, but doesnt necessarily mean the lens is soft or defective. For portraits and street photography, I can say mine performed amazingly. And it is quite sharp wide open. Not quite as sharp as the 85mm 1.4D, which is what I use for much of my portraits, but darn close. I really think this lens can absolutely shine in the hands of a very patient and observative photographer. The build quality of the lens is absolutly amazing. Similar to the 85 1.4D, but much heavier, robust, which I like. It's really an engineering masterpiece and work of art in one. My new favorite lens, i'm looking forward to talking more shots with it. It's a poorly understood gem, introduced in 1995 and oddly is one of the oldest D lenses STILL in production (one of the oldest lenses, period) and available on the Nikon website, along with the 50mm 1.4D lenses. I believe all other D lenses have been discontinued and replaced with G lenses. I can say that this lens is AMAZING, but you cannot shoot and expect amazing results right away. One must get to know how to use it. I like the bokeh a tad better than the 85, but they're different. It's produces such good results as a normal lens, that I haven't used the Defocus Control feature yet. Here's a few examples of the The DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2D, all shot wide open:

Untitled by Atiim Jones, on Flickr

Untitled by Atiim Jones, on Flickr

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Untitled by Atiim Jones, on Flickr

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Untitled by Atiim Jones, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 09-09-2016, 11:23 AM  
Long gone users... don't you wish you knew the rest of the story?
Posted By outsider
Replies: 155
Views: 11,789
I used to be fairly active on this forum. But those were the first 3 or so years owning my first slr, a k-x. Since then, I've learned pretty much all I need to know about the cameras I use, how to use them for my purposes and most importantly, lenses. Which ones to use and why: distortion, field of view, depth of field, construction, bokeh, etc., etc., etc. I personally joined a forum for information. Once I got the information I needed, I realized I began to ask questions that no one. knew the answer to. On here, or otherwise. So I kind of drifted off to continue my own journey of finding out obscure bits of information and to learn through trial and error.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-17-2016, 10:29 AM  
Nikon does a 105mm F1.4
Posted By outsider
Replies: 41
Views: 3,038
I do quite a bit of close up portraits. It would me interesting to see the separation between the eyes and the rest of the head with this lens on an apsc sensor. The more I think, the more use I can see getting from this lens and just having fun with the extra reach, fast aperture and bokeh. But I just don't make the kind of salary to spend on something like this.

Jane Goodall by Damani Jones, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-16-2016, 01:24 PM  
Nikon does a 105mm F1.4
Posted By outsider
Replies: 41
Views: 3,038
I saw this. Nikon is on top of it when it comes to everything. If I had money to burn, I maaay consider getting one. But I love the 85mm 1.4D. I feel theres more control in focusing from the cameras body. And the older lenses give a color, bokeh and overall character in the photo that is not possible with newer lenses. I think I would prefer the 135mm f2d to this. I like old school :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-30-2016, 11:39 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
You just called me a Troll. If you can't keep your mouth clean, how can others?. My assumption is that your understanding of the term "Troll" is skewed. There are other people that resent your statement. Leave it alone dude. It's done. I would suggest finding something useful to do, even if it has nothing to do with Pentax. I've accomplished too much in my life to waste time "trolling". And responding to your ignorance. Most of the members like you who continue to pollute the thread and "come at" me perhaps just have nothing to do. I have been a member for about 4 years and have contributed an abundance of various things that have helped the forum to what it is today. I would suggest no one make any reference to me in this thread, but instead take some quiet time and contemplate. But feel free to p.m. me and say anything your heart desires! Here or otherwise. Enjoy Life!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-29-2016, 11:07 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
Whatever. I've done a quite a lot in my time as a photographer. And for you to jump in to the rubbish that others started is a "Joke". You're the guy to jump in to an online conversation between surgeons, and spew your advice about surgery, when you've never been to medical school. I love my old cameras and that's why I use them as opposed to newer ones. What have you done? Show me your photos. Or maybe not. Actually I don't want to see them. Don't try to knock or offend me, because it's only going to make you look like even more silly like so many others who feel like they have to play the pentax fanboy bullying game. I believe in taking photos. With an old Film Camera which hasn't been cleaned for decades, or a spotless shiny new 2099 K-10000. Doen't matter. I've done both. But I like to have a nice photo to show at the end of the day, no matter what equipment i'm using. Pentax body, nikon lens.. If you do a search for Atiim Jones....."if", I don't give a hoot either way....you'll see countless examples of what he's done with his dinky old cameras, lol. Photos seen by millions worldwide. Apparently my ideology and talent has done something? NBC Today Show, Cosmopolitain, Huffington post, numerous gallery exhibitions, newspapers, magazines. Oh no, i'm not bragging. I'm making a point for whomever has read this far. Do more. Talk less trash. Anyone else? Fine with me. But i'm done. I have work to do. But know that there are other options for where to put your advice :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-15-2016, 08:32 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
Wow "Voice of Reason". Never in this thread did I initiate any reference of a comparison of image quality between the K-1 and ANY other camera. I don't get in to that. I think it wise to give you a reason behind this while i'm here. Because image quality from a scientific perspective, whether it be iso performance, dynamic range, etc, etc, etc may not be as important as another feature(s) of a camera which one uses. Someone else brought up a comparison between the D810 and the K-1. I had a simple response and was not getting in to that topic. It is simply irrelevant to me. I'd also like to say that i'm not complaining about the K-1. I don't own it and never used it. So other than the specs available to the public and a few raw photo conversions I have seen. I'm not in a position to complain. Thirdly, I do own pentax equipment. Many lenses and film cameras and may or may not be mounted to a modern dslr. I have owned the k-x and k-5 when they were just released and everyone was raving about them just as proud owners of the K-1 are now. Please read carefully and think carefully if possible, before you put words in my mouth. Lastly, even though it may be irrelevant, I believe that many people never come close to bringing out or even using the full potential of their camera. If one can take an underexposed photo with the K-1 at an extremely high iso and be able to process it so that it looks fantastic without painfully obvious smearing from noise reduction and balance the highlights to the shadows so that it appears very natural, then they exhibit mastery in that sense. For me, the most important thing is mastering the raw file any specific camera produces. Understanding how to manipulate every element, from highlights to darks, white balance, controlling the balance of colors for each specific photo. It took me thousands and thousands of hours and even more time editing raw files from my 9 year old dslr to master not only the functionality of the camera as I use it, but mastering the raw file as well. And i'm not talking about mastering something after taking an extended class for photoshop or self defense. Mastering in the sense that Bruce Lee mastered the Martial Arts (or something like that). I'm only making that reference because I feel that so many people part with a thing without ever realizing how much more they could do with it. Please have a look at my photos. Many of which were taken with pentax dslr's!!
https://www.facebook.com/atiimjones/
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-14-2016, 12:07 PM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
I'm not complaining about the k-5. Haven't owned it for years. I've just never been satisfied with pentax cameras, design and color and contrast algorithms. Except the k-x. That was a great camera for portraits. Perhaps the K-1 does outshine the D810, after all it does have external lighting system for controls. But as far as image quality. It's aaaallll relative :) Enjoy your camera!

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There's a reason for everything. But my best guess is that Nikon just produces so many cameras, people have to have the latest model. Sell it and it's on the used market. It's not because they are bad cameras as you may be implying. One of the best apsc cameras ever made and still one of the best in my opinion, the Nikon D300 was about $1300 (?) new when it was released in 2007. Since then, perhaps well over a dozen new models came out. And to the used buyers delight, it can be had for under 400 in excellent shape, and it's still dropping. Happy shooting and please check out some of my photos on my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/atiimjones/photos

---------- Post added 06-14-16 at 02:21 PM ----------





I don't understand what you're actually saying. Or maybe that IS what you're saying. Anyways, Anymore, I treat all types of communication over the internet the same, whether it be facebook, youtube, motorcycle forums, private chat. It puts things into perspective for me. To know that any form of web research or communication can lead me to the information and resources I am looking for.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-09-2016, 09:55 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
Pentax cameras have historically dropped drastically in the past. I think that's because they were very quick to release new versions of apsc cameras. It took pentax from it's first camera until now (except a little known prototype) to make a full frame camera available to the public. At times I wonder why they are still in business. The question is, how frequently are they going to release a new full frame camera? Once a year? Once every 5 years? The K-1 price will drop when it is replaced with another full frame camera. Right now, they are ridiculously behind in the selection of various modern digital lenses as compared to other manufacturers. My first dslr was the k-x, which I loved, but a lack of affordable lenses was a huge problem. After shooting with the k-5 for 6 months, I had enough. Lens selection, the lack of micro contrast in raw files and lack in various features found in Nikon cameras caused me to sell most of my pentax equipment and go Nikon. Never looked back since. A Nikon camera released today can be had for half the price in 2 or 3 years.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-04-2016, 10:20 AM  
K-1 USA Shipping Date
Posted By outsider
Replies: 626
Views: 54,908
I'm pretty shocked at that statement and would be interested in specific reasons why Nikon "Can't" compete with Pentax anymore? I'm curious as to what your experience is with various models between the two. Although I still have some pentax lenses, I went to Nikon because of the amount of features. Perhaps you simply don't know much about the various cameras they have. For instance, I shoot with the D300 & D700. I like the D300 because the colors and microcontrast are incredible, even for an 8 year old camera. It's has 51 focus points, all of which work great. The D700's focus points cover a larger area than the K-1 and the grain looks fantastic, to me, at high iso. I would take the Nikon D3S or D3X over the K-1 any day. I saw some sample photos of the K-1 and the color rendering looks much like the K-5, which I owned. Just doesn't look right for portraits especially. And the microcontrast is terrible imo. It's was always a challenge to get portraits to pop and get rid of the foggy appearance of K-5 photos. Out of all the cameras Nikon has to offer and the amount of features in each. I simply do not understand your comment. Nikon also has a larger assortment of incredible lenses, many of which can be had for less than pentax. Where is pentax's 85mm lens? 135mm f2 lens? I'm not a fanboy or trolling, i'm just telling it like I see it
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-26-2016, 09:22 AM  
Best lightroom ver. for D700 files
Posted By outsider
Replies: 3
Views: 552
Hi there, i've been using Lightroom 3.3 for about 5 years and I just love it. It generally works as fast as I need it to and that's important as I continue to master the editing process and when I have 1000+ photos to sift through. I use ver. 3.3 for D300 files, which look fanstastic, no complaints, although i'm sure they may look even better with a later version. However, my D700 raw files (I always shoot in raw), when converted, occassionally have terrible posterization in the magentas. I'm sure this would not happen in Nikon's software, but lightroom just works so much faster and is intuitive. Is there another version that has improved on converting files from this relatively old camera? I want to upgrade, i'm hesitant as I don't want to sacrifice speed too much and want to make SURE that all my presets are transferable to the new version. I've heard good things about adobe camera raw. DxOMark also makes a good product. I'm willing to try anything, but the question is have they worked to improve conversion of older NEF files. Try viewing the link below for an example. If it doesn't work, I can upload one when I get home from work. As always, thanks for your knowledge and input!

https://www.facebook.com/atiimjones/photos/a.1071966952824682.1073741876.202...type=3&theater
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-28-2016, 02:10 PM  
Differences between same lens
Posted By outsider
Replies: 5
Views: 811
I have used pentax extensively. I went from the k-x, to the k-5. And had a nice collection of newer and older lenses. One experience I remember is having the Pentax SMC 50MM 1.7A. Just an amazing lens and it was a joy to use. It had a character all it's own and used it to shoot most of a wedding. Then after getting tired of missfocusing, I bought a flawless version of the SMC 50mm 1.7F version. Plastic, autofocus and supposedly the same optical design. Great. But when I began reviewing the photos taken with the same K-x camera, it seemed something was gone. There was a certain warmth, character, spirit that it lacked, that the "A" version had, even though it was sharper (wide open). I ended up selling it and keeping the A version, which still sits in the cabinet. So even though i'm still doing tests, pixel peeping on my older 85mm 1.4D lens, one thing is for sure. Photos have a warmer, almost film like look to them. The 3D effect, wide open looks more pronouced than the newer version as well. However, the newer version seems to produce better photos on my full frame D700, than the D300. So maybe as production went on, newer versions were "optimized" for use on digital, as the lens was still being produced just as nikon digital cameras were starting to become popular. This older Nikon 85 I just acquired was probably made between 1995 and 1998. My newer version, maybe in 2005 or 2006. That could be a 10 year gap! But I will keep the older version. They sell for around $900 in flawless condition and I paid $700 and it is in flawless condition. The front and rear elements were as clean as a new lens and there were no marks on the mount. It was as though someone bought it, used it once or twice and put it up for years before selling it to the store I bought it from.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-21-2016, 10:12 AM  
Differences between same lens
Posted By outsider
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Thanks all for the in depth and honest replies. Your experience and knowledge is indispensable. I created 2 accounts on Nikon forums and got almost no replies. Lens technology has been evolving extremely fast and there's a chance the age difference between my two lenses could be 10 years. The japanese are well known for constantly improving something, even if it's the same model lens. And although I believe that the older lens is well within tolerance for that time, it would come as no surprise that the two lenses have different character. I still have some more testing and playing around to do. Like has been mentioned, the newer one is very likely exhibiting the improvements made during it's 10 year production run. The older lens is plenty sharp and I think the motion blur in some of the photos (slight as it may be) was the cause of some of the observations. But it's definitely a fascinating experience to be able to see the differences between the two lenses. The newer one is super sharp. The older one seems to have slightly better bokeh, just as good, if not better contrast. Yes, it may be because it is slightly softer focus, but seems to give a film like feel to portraits.

Here are a few of my photos: https://www.facebook.com/atiimjones/photos

Here is an essential read on Japanese manufacturing and quality control: https://www.quora.com/Why-is-it-that-Japanese-products-tend-to-be-very-high-quality
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-15-2016, 10:28 AM  
Differences between same lens
Posted By outsider
Replies: 5
Views: 811
This is a bit of an odd issue, so please bear with me and read carefully. Because I liked my nikon 85mm 1.4D lens so much, I bought another one after about 4 years. The seller posted the serial number, so that prompted me to look up known serial numbers on photosynthesis.co.nz I learned that there were 3 separate productions of this lens beginning in 1995. The first "batch's" numbers went from 200*** to 228*** and was produced from 1995- (unknown). The second batch's numbers ran from 300*** to 303*** and all were produced in 2005. The third and last batch's numbers ran from 400***-469*** and was produced from 2006-2010. Here's what i'm saying: I have one of the lenses from the first batch produced (serial # 225*** US Version) and one of the lenses from the last batch produced (serial # 456*** Grey Market). I have noticed that the lens from the last production run is absolutely sharper, at least at larger apertures and definitely in the center, than the lens from the first production run. Although the older lens seems "warmer" and has more character somehow, it's hard to explain (I shoot portraits and street photography). I know this observation may seem irrelevant, but I guess i'm that 1% that looks at very subtle detail. In my equipment and when i'm editing photos. Is there anyone who can give some advice on this? I have even noticed differences between the same model camera. For instance, I have 2 D300's. And one of them focuses noticeably (and substantially) faster than the other. It hunts much less and attains accurate focus quicker. Thanks so much for your input!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2015, 08:22 AM  
How long does the shutter last?
Posted By outsider
Replies: 22
Views: 4,395
I had a camera similar to the K20D that had over 170,000 actuations on it before I sold it. Never, ever gave me any problems. I bought another camera rated for 150K. It had over 170,000 actuations when I bought it. I've been shooting fearlessly for about 20,000 shots. Take care of your camera and it will generally take care of you. The shutter rating is almost absolutely negligible. They give you a number, you worry and worry and think and think about it. It will either fail very early because of a freak manufacturing flaw or it will last far, far beyond the manufacturer's rating (assuming you're not one of those people who always carelessly bang their cameras around). Something else may fail before the shutter. You may part with the camera before the shutter fails. I put about 100,000 actuations in a year at my peak a couple years ago. Most people don't shoot enough to worry about it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-28-2015, 08:15 AM  
How long does the shutter last?
Posted By outsider
Replies: 22
Views: 4,395
I had about 40,000 actuations on my K-x before I sold it. Didn't have the K-5 long enough before I sold it with 5,000 actuations. I've had good experiences with the shutter on all of my cameras. A Nikon D300 had 170,000+ actuations before I sold it and it had no indication of failing any time soon. My D700 has about 200,000 actuations and I wouldn't be surprised if it reached 300,000+. I take as good of care of my cameras as possible and hopefully that makes a difference. Protecting from impact may be key. One day I may just take an old camera just to see how many times the shutter will function before it fails.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-11-2015, 10:21 PM  
Replacing Lens Mount on a D700
Posted By outsider
Replies: 0
Views: 549
I want to replace the lens mount on the D700. The previous owner was obviously not careful at all about changing lenses and he did so frequently. It has significant scratching and even a small bend on the extreme outer edge, where the surface has raised up slightly. In a roundabout way, I found out that several bayonets will fit the same camera. For instance, the D200 mount will fit the D700. The D200, D300, D700, D3X all supposedly share the exact same part. I just wanted to know if there is anything in particular one should know about changing the mount. It looks very simple. Also, should the screws be torqued to a certain spec? How important is this? Thanks in advance!

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Forum: Pentax K-3 11-06-2013, 06:28 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By outsider
Replies: 60,591
Views: 2,070,772
Its time to unsubscribe from this thread. Ive had Enough of this nonsense.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-01-2013, 09:55 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By outsider
Replies: 60,591
Views: 2,070,772
Wow, this thread is still exploding. Pentax is a subsidiary of Ricoh. If they want to put "Ricoh" on a camera, big deal, they own pentax. Don't like it? Buy the camera and sand the name off. Or better yet, buy a Nikon. They make considerably better camera bodies. I know. I owned several of both. It's like a someone who won't buy "Bud Ice" beer. Bud Ice beer is not made by Budweiser. It's made by the Anheuser-Busch company. But you've been drinking it for 15+ years. This whole idea is silly. Smart consumers buy high end products based on thorough, performance based research. Not a name.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2013, 08:22 AM  
Lightroom and NEF Files
Posted By outsider
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Thanks for the responses people. I'm surprised there haven't been more. It looks like I may be sticking with 3.4 for now until I see a need to upgrade. If I do upgrade, it will probably be LR 4.1 unless LR "100.1" pros outweigh the cons. Still working on perfecting my ability to get everything possible out of my portraits and since i'm not quiite there, maybe upgrading will not make a difference at this time. I love how LR 3.4 is so fast. After editing thousands of photos over the past several months, it seems even 3.4 is at times sluggish. When i'm in the zone, it want's to hang every so often, even with 6 gb of ram and a super fast processor. This may be an operating system issue as amount of ram is limited in some versions. Being able to work at your own speed keeps creative juices flowing and not sure if I could deal with a program that "hangs" more than what i'm using now. I would really like to know how I could make adjustments in "1.0" slider increments instead of the "5" or "10" increment that's standard in lightroom. I find myself having to take the cursor off the slider and manually inputing numbers to see if the photo hits that "magic spot", such as in exposure or highlights. This is frustrating and kills the creative process.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2013, 02:33 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By outsider
Replies: 60,591
Views: 2,070,772
They don't turn you down for a wedding shoot because you shoot with Pentax. They turn you down because you don't shoot with Canikon. Well i've heard photography jobs request that I have a Nikon camera to get hired, so I guess that's not too hard to believe, but silly if they do. Especially for a wedding, you hire who can give you the product want.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-15-2013, 02:09 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By outsider
Replies: 60,591
Views: 2,070,772
Well i'm not aware of the full extent of the Ricoh/Pentax relationship, but they're doing it for some reason. Whether you agree with it or not is up to you, but for me, at the end of the day it's about having got those 1 or 2 particularly crucial and special shots when i'm pushing the camera. Product research & development makes this happen. If a camera can do this (without sensor spots and oil stains or course), i'm sold. Despite all the soccer moms that go out and buy a canon or nikon without any knowledge of photography, i'd say there is a legitimate reason they're so popular. Pentax has recently made some not so great decisions concerning product design and performance. And are painfully slow in making the moves they need to fullfill the needs of many of their demanding loyal customers. This is one reason companies are abandoned.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-08-2013, 10:59 AM  
How long does the shutter last?
Posted By outsider
Replies: 22
Views: 4,395
I put about 30,000 clicks on the k-x with no problems before I sold it (for $200 on our marketplace btw). My k-5 had about 5,000 clicks before I sold, with no problems. Some different brand dslr's share the same shutter, such as the pentax k-5 and nikon d7000. My Nikon D300 had about 5,000 clicks when I bought it used a little over 2 years ago. It now has just over 102,000 clicks and it still performs just as I bought it, with no shutter lag or problems whatsoever. By this time next year, it may have reached it's rated life of 150,000. The shutter is one of those things I think generally goes out all at once. Fine one second, gone the next. Hard to predict. This being said, shutter life seems almost exclusively related to camera specific manufacturing tolerances (that and how many times you drop or bang the camera body). It would be safe to say it could last for 300,000 clicks. It could also fail at 20,000 and less which has happend with many people. If your shutter reaches 75% of it's rated life, I'd say it would be time to start thinking about a backup/replacement if you don't have one already.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-07-2013, 02:16 PM  
Lightroom and NEF Files
Posted By outsider
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right section, so i'll just shoot from the hip. I've been thinking of upgrading from lightroom 3.3 to a newer version, but can't seem to justify just yet. I really like lightroom and the only thing I can think of that I would like to see is better reading/rendering of the NEF format, since I've been shooting mostly Nikon lately. As I understand, adobe has had to do some reverse engineering in order to read NEF files. And that means you may perhaps get 90% the quality that a Nikon program can extract. I wonder if there's been any progress in this area for adobe in the last several years. Are there any real benefits to upgrading to the latest version of lightroom? Better color? Sharpening, noise reduction? Speed? Cons? If I process the same raw file in two different versions, will I see a difference in the end product? Thanks for your help!
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-16-2013, 10:25 AM  
Shadow correction applied to raw files?
Posted By outsider
Replies: 21
Views: 4,899
I agree with JohnBee. As I understand, adjustments are read by compatible software. The software must first have the ability to translate the specific raw data. I'm not sure how to be certain of this. It would be of great concern that the software does an accurate job of translating the data, assuming the screen is adjusted properly. Some of the explanations here require multiple reads for me, but the answer is fairly simple I believe. I personally find it easiest to shoot in aperture priority, especially for street shooting, where brightness and metering is constantly changing. I get the shot I want, making sure exposure is not too far off (sometimes it takes a few shots) and if there's any adjustments needed, I do it in post processing with lightroom without ANY camera adjustments applied. This, I find is the easiest way. But getting a shot that is not too washed out is key, everything else is easily managable in post. It would be helpful to mention that I personally don't like what any of my in camera adjustments do to my photos in most cases (unless i'm dealing with a hopefully dark scene), because I can get better exposure, contrast, highlights, etc. in post. Even with under/overexposed scenes with washed out areas. You'd be surprised at what is salvagable using the right sequence of adjustments. This has come from a couple years and many hours of trial and error using adobe product.
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