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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Days Ago  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
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^ Yes. You can copy them over. They'll work.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 5 Days Ago  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
^ Did you have a specific set that you created? If not, you can download a new batch from HERE & install them into RawTherapee. It's a matter of picking your color space.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 6 Days Ago  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1,231
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I have experience with both the K-50 & D5200. They both do well in certain areas. The D5200 holds fine detail a tiny bit better than the K-50, but it will tend to be more grainy as the ISO climbs. The K-50 has better noise control at higher ISOs, but doesn't hold fine detail as good as the D5200.

I prefer the colors of the K-50. The D5200 colors seem to have some kind of orange color cast. Even when I use the Neutral.dcp in RawTherapee, the D5200 images still seem to have a weird color cast. It gets worse with Landscape, Portrait, Standard, & Vivid. But yeah. That seems to be Nikon's color science. The D7200 is also similar, but with a bit less of that orange color cast.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-28-2020, 09:06 PM  
Hardware: How to identify the right CPU to upgrade?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 13
Views: 599
What you currently have is about as good as it's going to get. Like already stated, save your money for a newer future machine instead.

If you're into building your own rigs, a really good bang for the buck CPU would be the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. For what you do, it's a massive leap & bound improvement over your current CPU. Like ridiculously massive & it's not that expensive. Plus it doesn't consume much electricity.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-27-2020, 02:20 PM  
Panasonic GH5 vs Sony A7SII
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 3
Views: 282
The GH5 hands down over the Sony if you're strictly looking at video. The Fujifulm X-T4 is supposed to be another great hybrid camera.

But yeah, they do get close to the price of a professional video camera like ramseybuckeye stated. In that case, I much rather go that route instead.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-22-2020, 08:54 PM  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1,231
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Some random UV light experiments with a scorpian that we found inside my sister in law's house in Nevada. Shot with the DA 35mm f/2.4.

1/60 ƒ/2.4 ISO 125


1/60 ƒ/2.4 ISO 2500


We then went outside to an empty filed & let the critter go about its way. :cool:
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-21-2020, 09:02 PM  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1,231
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Just some random photos from my backyard. All shot with the DA 50mm f/1.8 lens.

1/250 /4.0 ISO 100


1/500 /4.0 ISO 100
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-18-2020, 04:54 PM  
K-New: still kickin'...
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 47
Views: 6,550
This.

And this.

I forsee a major economic impact from this current pandemic, but hey! I'm just a random guy, not an economist or prophet. But yeah....... :confused:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-18-2020, 10:14 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
^ If you're talking about some kind of spot removal, as in dust removal on the sensor, none of the release or dev series have this. I think the newlocallab version might have something like that, but I've never tried it. Basically if there's dust on the sensor, I'll take it out with GIMP, ignore it, or discard the photo completely. I try to keep my sensor clean as much as possible with an air blower or even a very occasional swabbing to remove really stubborn dirt. But yeah. Even then, sometimes dirt comes right back in. Hahahaa! :p
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-18-2020, 09:04 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
PDCU5 is very limited as far as what it can do. I mainly use it to extract jpegs out of the RAW files for quick viewing or sharing. It's a matter of selecting all RAW files, right clicking, & Extract jpeg to whatever location you need to extract them to. You can do the same thing with dcraw.c, but that requires commandline entries in Windows Command Prompt.

If you install the PP3 files correctly into the RawTherapee system folders, you can set those PP3 files as different rules with the Dynamic Profile Rules in the Preferences menu. Go to the lower left hand side of RawTherapee, click on the Preferences button, click on the Dynamic Profile Rules tab, & start entering the order of how you want the PP3 files to run.



^ That will give you an idea of what I'm talking about as far as setting rules.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-17-2020, 07:48 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
Pretty much what JensE said. If you want a slightly cleaner version of the OOC jpeg with all the settings intact, PDCU5 will get you the same thing 'cause it has all the camera settings available. RawTherapee lacks this information.

I can say one thing. There are times where PDCU5 seems to mess up the colors, particularly with bright colors.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AuPT79LEO3z27JaptVtE6R14DaSUaaDQ

^ Here's a zip file containing 2 RAW files from my K-50 that show an example of what I mean. They're a couple of ISO 12800 shots that were taken at Disneyland. They're obviously not the greatest shots ever, but pay attention to the colorful lamps above the teacups. :p They seem to lose color in PDCU5, but remain very colorful in RawTherapee. The color alterations also happen in PDCU5 with a lot of other shots & doesn't matter what ISO the image is at. But then again, it could be that PDCU5 doesn't technically support the K-50. I don't know. :confused:

The zip file also has a PDCU5 jpeg extract, PDCU5 RAW conversion using the Bright image tone, & my RawTherapee conversion using the Bright .dcp file. The RawTherapee PP3 files & the Bright.ini for PDCU5 are in there as well. Feel free to download & compare. :cool:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-16-2020, 10:42 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
UPDATE!


Here are the PP3 files with the L*a*b Adjustements setting turned off. Besides that, I have changed Capture Sharpness settings for each ISO. These are fixed settings. I prefer fixed settings myself since there are times where the auto settings will either oversharpen or undersharpen images at different ISOs. There is a PP3 file that will revert to auto Capture Sharpening if you want use that instead. Nothing else has really been changed.

Like usual, there are some new Windows 64bit builds on my Google Drive that have the same thing.

OK! Have fun! :cool:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-16-2020, 06:41 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
^ I have found that at certain times it will tend to shift some colors to a different hue. Sometimes blues will shift towards a slight green or almost to a neon color. It is a very powerful tool, but its something that should only used on a case by case basis. If I leave it on as a starting point, it will end up throwing the colors off a bit for some users. So yeah! I'll be uploading a corrected set soon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2020, 02:17 PM  
Digital Camera Utility Update 5.8.3
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 38
Views: 5,239
Thanks for the update! :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-13-2020, 02:04 PM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
Some random thoughts. :cool:

I've been playing a lot with RawTherapee & Pentax Digital Camera Utility 5 lately. It used to be that I couldn't quite match the colors of PDCU5 with Rawtherapee, but as of lately, I have noticed that I can match & even supercede PDCU5 colors with RawTherapee. I typically use the Pentax K-3II .dcp files from the Adobe DNG converter with my K-50 camera. It's basically the closest match to my K-50 & the closesT match to the PDCU5 output. Although RawTherapee might contain a bit more color noise at high ISO, it can definitely hold it's color against PDCU5. There are instances where PDCU5 will completely "bleed" colors into other colors. Like when photographing people & their teeth are pink instead of white. On the other hand, RawTherapee doesn't bleed the colors unless I really push the noise reduction. This is more high ISO stuff like from ISO 3200 on forward.

A few months ago I shot several pictures at a party. Most of them were high ISO shots ranging from ISO 3200 to 12800 due to low light & trying to freeze some action. I ran all the RAW files through a quick batch in RawTherapee & then shared them on my Google Photos. Most of the people where blown away by the photos. None of them photography outside of their cellphone. A lot of them said things along the lines of, "My phone can't get nowhere near the color & details of your photos!"

So yeah. This program is pretty amazing given it's cost: FREE! Yup. I pretty much use RawTherapee 99% of the time for processing of RAW files. I haven't used DxO in a very long time. I can get much better photos out of RawThearpee. I only use PDCU5 to extract the thumbnail jpegs out of the RAW files for quick viewing & on rare occasions convert a RAW file for testing purposes. I'm too lazy to run a dcraw commandline to do that instead. Hahaha!

I'll be posting some new PP3 files sometime next with slightly better color abilities sometime next week. There was a setting that I left on for some time now & had completely forgot to turn it off in the PP3 files for the past few batches. It does make a bit of a difference in the colors, especially if there are lots of bright colors. In case you're wondering, it's the L*a*b Adjustments in the Exposure tab is that needs to be turned off. :p

OK! Have fun! :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-12-2020, 06:56 AM  
Hello from Japan (^^)
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Hi! こんにちは。 \(^_^ )
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-10-2020, 01:50 PM  
Going into Micro Four Thirds - I'm getting an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 120
Views: 4,427
Nice! This camera is quite impressive. :cool:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2020, 03:50 PM  
People Blind
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1
Views: 384
This is quite an interesting shot. :cool:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2020, 03:47 PM  
Cityscape Unseen_Sunken City
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 1
Views: 284
Nice. I haven't been here in a while. I need to get out some more! Hahaha! :p

Maybe later this month when everything's blooming on the peninsula. Well, that's provided we get enough rain. :eek:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-05-2020, 03:44 PM  
Sports Formula 1 Winter Tests 2020
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 240
These are great! :cool:
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2020, 02:50 PM  
Record companies are Dooomed
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 6
Views: 485
I like my vinyl, 45s, & CDs. Long live Amoeba Music! (^o^ ) <3
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-05-2020, 09:19 AM  
purchase used К-50
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Trust me on this that the K-50 has enough to keep most photographers quite happy. Yes. The AF sucks, but if you're not shooting high speed moving subjects coming at you or going away from you (i.e. birds, kids, dogs, cars, planes, etc.) & do more static shooting, the K-50 has more than enough to please even the most advanced photographer.

The issue here is the possible aperture motor failure in the K-50. I have 2 K-50 bodies that I had to fix on my own. I replaced the "green" solenoids with "white" solenoids in both of them. They've been trouble free since. The black one has been running for almost 3 years since the repair & that's that I did a semi-lousy job on the repair. Hahaha! I did a much better job on the red one.

As far as reliability goes, the K-5/5II/5IIs or K-3/3II would be a far better choice. I'd personally get the K-5IIs or the K-3II. They'll run forever. Well, maybe not forever, but you get the gist. :p
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-02-2020, 10:53 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 144
Views: 14,151
UPDATE!


I've uploaded some PP3 files with some minor revisions to NR, sharpening, & other stuff.

I also have some Windows 64bit builds on my Google Drive.


Have fun!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2020, 04:14 PM  
Question on my K-50 (focus issue)
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 13
Views: 570
^ Ya know? Hahaha! :p

The only time those multiple points come in semi-handy is when you use the SEL AF setting & pick the point you need to shoot with. Outside of that, they're basically useless for anything else. Don't even bother with AF.C on the K-50............... :eek:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2020, 03:19 PM  
Question on my K-50 (focus issue)
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 13
Views: 570
You probably have the 11 or 5 point AF setting. It's pretty much useless on the K-50. The camera is too dumb to figure out what you're trying to focus on. The AF points will end up shifting onto something else as you start focusing on something.

Set the AF to single point & then focus. That will work way better. Recompose as required.
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