(by experienced Pentax DSLR user Frank (Fengwei))
His report is self-explanatory. The non-testing photos posted look good and nice. In addition to what he has described and mentioned, I would like to add a few remarks:-
1. All his photos were produced by shooting RAW and then converted by Adobe Photoshop CS4. So, they are not direct images produced by the camera. And some sharpening was applied as told.
2. I don't agree that the Tungsten/Yellow Light Front Focusing Issue has been completely resolved. As seen from the posted test shots, Front Focusing disappeared ONLY IF the White Balance is Correct(ed). So, it seems that the hardware is still unable to detect the focus correctly under Yellow Light BUT it is just that the errors are corrected/compensated with reference to the colour temperature detected/measured. Of course, such kind of *software adjustment* for the correct focus point will not be totally reliable as it is just a *software algorithm* afterall.
3. Well, other than the above issue, I need to say those posted photos look very nice, in terms of image quality, sharpness and colour rendition. Skin tones are nice, too. Frank used some excellent Pentax lenses, though. Of course this contributes much to the high image quality. As for the kit lens, I think the colour saturation is just too high for the produced results. But then a proper/appropriate software setting or custom image setting could be used in conjunction to adapt for the characteristics of the kit lens, I think.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009