First time lucky with a Kx


aliengrove

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 16:56
I've not posted anything here for a while, having been distracted somewhat by my other two cameras. Today I borrowed my wife's Kx, my K5 being away for repair. I like it! It helped having some good weather to try it out. I'm looking forward to getting the K5 back, but the Kx is a very able substitute!

The first shows K2 in the distance. All taken with my FA 24-90mm. Larger versions can be seen on my Flickr stream.



















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Last Edited by aliengrove on 03/07/2012 - 17:02

Chrism8

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 17:46
Cant comment on the Kx, never used one, but if these images are anything to go by, its an excellent piece of kit, Like #1 and #3
Chris

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paulgee20

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 18:12
Absolutely superb shots Jonathan

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darkskies

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 18:20
Good advert! Super shots.
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michaelblue

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 18:30
Yes, great shots from the Kx.
I use the K7 and Kx, sometimes I prefer the Kx, it produces very clean images!
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Blythman

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 18:46
Fabulous pics. Can't bring myself to part with my K-x even though its been rarely used since getting the K5 13 months ago
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droopsnoot

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 18:49
They're very sharp images - I wonder how much of that is down to the lens rather than the camera itself. While I have no complaints with my Kx, I don't recall any of my images jumping out at me as being that sharp, leaving aside subject matter. Have you done much (or any) post-processing on them?
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bjolester

Link Posted 03/07/2012 - 21:10
Wonderful images! My favorites are 2+4.

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davidstorm

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 00:00
Great images, the K-x is indeed a superb camera but also needs a good photographer behind it!

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aliengrove

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 00:17
Thanks for the comments!

droopsnoot wrote:
They're very sharp images - I wonder how much of that is down to the lens rather than the camera itself. While I have no complaints with my Kx, I don't recall any of my images jumping out at me as being that sharp, leaving aside subject matter. Have you done much (or any) post-processing on them?

The FA 24-90 is a superb lens, albeit one that feels a bit cheap and plasticky. As far as PP goes, a lot of trial, error and advice from the web have led me to adopt the following method to get the best from images suffering from atmospheric haze.
I started with the RAW files in Lightroom, where I adjusted WB, reduced noise and applied a grad filter from the top to reduce exposure slightly and increase contrast. Then the images were exported to CS5. The images have then had a general levels adjustment, with the lower part of this adjustment erased by about 40% using a large soft-edged brush (a general levels adjustment often makes the bottom of the images too dark).. Then I made selective levels adjustments using feathered masks (between 20 and 60 pixels depending on the size of the area) on different parts of the images. I then used an unsharp mask at a large radius (40 pixels and amount about 30-50) , using a heavily feathered mask (about 100 pixels), on the middle and far parts of the image, which reduces haze by increasing contrast. A few of the images have also had the saturation of the blue channel reduced slightly in the distance, again using a heavily feathered mask, to get rid of a touch of the blue cast you always get from altitude. All these adjusrments need careful fiddling to get them to blend into each other. Sometimes I tweak the individual masks by erasing parts of them using a soft-edged eraser at various opacities.The whole process perhaps sounds tedious but it generally takes about 10 minutes per image. Finally they are sharpened conventionally using unsharp mask.
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Last Edited by aliengrove on 04/07/2012 - 00:26

K10D

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 00:33
Excellent set!

It just shows how good the IQ is of other Pentax bodies. There are those who have said that they wouldn't go back to a KR with any lens. I wonder if they would consider a KX?

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matwhittington

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 06:28
Stunning views as ever - I especially like the first three.

Cheers
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Last Edited by matwhittington on 04/07/2012 - 06:29

Snootchies

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 07:10
Indeed - a fabulous set. Number 1 is breathtaking. All you need is a volcano in the background and you have Mordor.
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Last Edited by Snootchies on 04/07/2012 - 07:12

Algernon

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 07:52
Superb shots. My fav is No: 3 (just).
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Blaze

Link Posted 04/07/2012 - 08:29
It's encouraging to see just what the Kx is capable of, probably aided by the superb lens.
(I love my Kx !)
Hard to say which is my favourite - they all give something different !
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