K-5 / 21mm travelling combo


BarryE

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 15:52
I'm not uploading these for a critique, but just because I'm impressed with the capabilities of K-5/21mm Limited. They are little more than snap shots ...

This is the first outing I've made traveling so light on holiday, taking only the 21mm. It balances so nicely making shooting at 1/10 sec very possible. With a heavier lens this would have been impossible I reckon.

I deliberated at length, whether to take more kit and my new K-3, but I'm pleased I went with a minimal set and the K-5 that I wasn't overally protective of. Nice and discrete too ...

None of this set has had ANY processing done. They are just RAW out of the camera.

f6.3 1/15 ISO 800 - at 1/10, other shots were still shake free



f5.6 1/30 ISO 6400 - the sky is virtually noise free - further impressed.



f4 1/40 ISO 3200 - OK it's on the slant, but ignoring this the colours are rich and the grain at this this speed is again impressive.

Northgrain

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 16:14
I love my 21 Ltd. It's an under-appreciated lens IMHO.

I know you don't want C&C, but the stairway shot is particularly good and worth spending some PP time on
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 16:24
Northgrain wrote:

I know you don't want C&C, but the stairway shot is particularly good and worth spending some PP time on

Agreed. I'd start by cropping off the top to meet the apex of the underside of the stairs.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 17:08
Good idea. I'd also say BarryE that posting 'unprocessed' RAWs (is there such a thing?) is perhaps not going to show off the qualities of either the camera or lens to the best. At the very least you need some contrast tweaking and sharpening.

Do you think your RAW converter has applied any of this already automatically?
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BarryE

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 18:04
Agreed ACR is set with auto defaults, so yes there has to be some processing, but in these cases it's only to contrast and brightness - everything else is at '0', including sharpening. (White balance = 'As Shot'.

I guess I was trying to say that I'd done no PP.

Nice to see there's another 21mm Ltd fan Northgrain. When I bought this lens I had to shut out the many negative comments that existed on the web. The usabilty, practicality, colours etc., often do not get considered against the urge to be razor sharp at all f-stops when reading reviews.

Barry

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 19:39
McGregNi wrote:
Good idea. I'd also say BarryE that posting 'unprocessed' RAWs (is there such a thing?) is perhaps not going to show off the qualities of either the camera or lens to the best. At the very least you need some contrast tweaking and sharpening.

Do you think your RAW converter has applied any of this already automatically?

I agree, very bold to show these straight from the camera but they're still a pleasing set. I use RAW but find that, as Nigel says, the contrast is very flat and the details soft so need some sharpening. The last one, in particular, looks a bit lacking.
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BarryE

Link Posted 26/05/2014 - 20:25
Andrew, some of the colour depth is getting lost in the colour space and jpeg conversions, which is a shame. They are much more vibrant on my calibrated monitor. Getting the images right for viewing on disperate devices is always a problem,it seems. At least with raw you can easily re-purpose them.
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