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Shooting Black & White


Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 11:55
Some help please

I have searched the dreaded instruction book for the K5 and cannot find the answer to taking black & white (mono). In the digital filter set up you can choose some filters in set up but not mono. The set up for in camera post shot PP, does have mono, but does that mean you have to go back every time and use the digital filter?

Surely there must be something somewhere that you can switch to mono and just keep shooting – or do you have to use Raw and convert afterwards.

Any guidance would be much appreciated.



Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 12:00
I don't know the answer but on a related note I would be interested to know if it is possible to have the LCD post-shot review come up in black and white. I think this would be useful, especially if we could have it happen while continuing to shoot in raw.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 12:08
On the kr you can choose mono as a colour balance settings, but I always convert to b&w on the computer which offers more control.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 12:31
Far better to shoot RAW and covert to mono later, far more control.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 13:16
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Far better to shoot RAW and covert to mono later, far more control.

As the man said. Do it in PP - it's quick and easy and you have far more control (again can still have the shot in colour if you find you prefer it that way) ! Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 16:31
Just to re-confirm what everyone else has said shoot RAW and convert to B&W in post-processing - it also means you have a choice to use the colour or B&W image, not all scenes suit themselves to B&W. If you don;t like to mess too much in PP and use Photoshop you can also download specific B&W "actions" which give you a great choice of differing quick-hit conversions - sorry if I'm stating the obvious

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Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 17:34
Thanks to all - obviously I will have to PP, but seems strange there is not an auto option. I am sure I have seen that on some cameras.
Thanks again


Link Posted 21/02/2011 - 18:07
I often have several shots exported in both Colour and B&W. Sometimes becuase I can't make my mind up and sometimes they look equally on both formats
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Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 13:19

I am also looking for B/W photographic direct in the K-5 and not afterwards converting the RAW Format.

Has this camera such a filter or is it impossible?



Link Posted 28/05/2017 - 14:01
Go into the Rec menu option Memory and untick custom image. Then it will remember the setting.
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Link Posted 29/05/2017 - 08:16
right hand button on 4 way ,scroll to the left on top row of icons in display to the B&W one, press ok. you are now shooting in black & white PLUS you can still shoot in RAW
Custom Image settings page 197 on K5 11 manual
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Link Posted 30/05/2017 - 00:58
He wants to know for the K5, not the K5 ii.
Slightly different: Press right (3 O'clock) button on 4 way controller. You get a colour wheel (right) column of sliders (left) and a strange looking icon top left. Push the same button on the 4-way controller to activate it. You get a row of icons along the top. The very last icon plainly says B&W . Job done.
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