Pentax MX-1 Image Thread

Discussion in 'Other Brands' started by Tilman Paulin, Dec 14, 2013.

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  1. ReD

    ReD Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    another camera worth looking at
  2. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Pentax knows how to get a lot of image out of a small sensor.
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    No, Tilman knows how to get a lot out of a small sensor.
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  5. :redface: Thanks Luke! It's not only me, but it's true that I usually 'nudge' the results a bit further.
    With the MX-1 I take the out of camera jpg and sometimes apply a very subtle helping of Niks HDRefex or use ColorEfex (ProContrast) to boost contrast.
    The colors are really nice out of the "box" :)
  6. Beautiful shots, Tilman, and now I have more GAS. Mind you I've had GAS for the MX1 since its release. Just couldnt justify the purchase.
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  7. ryanshoots

    ryanshoots Regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    Here's one of mine. I bought this on the recent sales, apparently clearance sales. It's a very fine camera. Straight out jpg


    This one was out of camera jpg with some contrast adjustments

    <a href=""><img title="Running Water" alt="Running Water" src="[/img]"750" width="1000" /></a>

    And from the same day with a little more wind

    <a href=""><img title="Blowing and Drifting" alt="Blowing and Drifting" src="[/img]"750" width="1000" /></a>
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  8. Nice shots, especially the second one! The third is pretty cool too!
    Thanks for sharing these :)
  9. dermaus

    dermaus Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    Some randoms to revive this thread for the seemingly few who may have the MX-1.

    A Citroën in Seattle

    The infamous Green River

    Have kids, have crayons

    Japanese Maple perhaps?
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  10. Judderman62

    Judderman62 Veteran

    Mar 24, 2013
    Greater Manchester, UK
    Love all 3 but the third one takes my breath away - so sharp,'s almost like I was there's like the picture bites the viewer.

    How did you get such impact, such wow, such Pop ?

    Do you think the software you mention gives more ... oomph than lightroom could / would ?

    love , just love that third shot ..errr as you may have gathered lol.

    I acquired an MX-1 today so looking forward to using it :)
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  11. 'Congrats!' on your new camera, Mike! The MX-1 should be a lot of fun.
    And 'Thanks!' - I'm glad you like these shots :)

    I stopped using Lightroom (and pretty much shooting raw) with the MX-1, because I couldn't match the jpgs in regards to colour, noise reduction and detail.
    From all the raw converters I tried, Capture One worked best, but lacked the lens corrections, which was especially apparent with purple fringing.

    So in the end I decided to just shoot jpegs, which also speeds up the cameras operation and saves card-space (the dng files are fairly big and take some time to write to card, which sometimes freezes the MX-1 for a moment).
    I'm using the "vivid" camera-setting on the MX-1, which works great for outdoors shots (Apparently it creates problems with white-balance in tungsten light. So for indoors shots the "natural" (or "neutral"?) should be better).

    To add a bit more punch to some of the images (like the third one in my first post) I like to use the Nik Plugin Collection (now sold by Google). These work as plugins in Photoshop or Lightroom, so you could still use Lightroom in your workflow.

    The third one was processed in Nik HDRefex.
    What I usually do in HDRefex is to try the presets and pick the one which looks the closest to what I want - and then dial it back until it doesn't look too overcooked anymore. (Most of the time the presets are way too strong).

    Then I probably sharpened it in NikSharpener Pro which is also excellent (using Nik's U-points do do selective sharpening. With a lot of the effects you don't want to apply them equally on the whole image. The U-points are pretty great for that.)

  12. dermaus

    dermaus Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    Can't wait to see what you produce, Mike. I hope you'll let us see some of your work. And, may I request, more eye candy from Tilman, as well. And anyone else who has the MX-1! To keep things running....

    An I'm-not-sure-of-the-name flower in a Kent, WA, USA, cemetery.

    I'm pretty sure this one's called Pieris. Kent, WA, USA

    Have no clue what this one's called, but it's smaller than my small pinky nail. Kent, WA, USA

    Sacrilegious perhaps that I don't know what some of these common plants are. Kent, WA, USA
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  13. Thanks for sharing these, dermaus! Beautiful shots!
    (I have the same problem with plant names. Thinking back to my childhood walks with my parents and how they knew all the names, I feel quite stupid :) But I'm slowly re-learning some names at least...)
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  14. dermaus

    dermaus Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    Thanks, Tilman. I'm getting better at learning the names, too, but still a long way to go. When life gives me some extra time, I figure I can take a local botany class so I can impress my own kids!
  15. Could those of you who have the MX-1 tell me what the screen is like in bright daylight? I've sworn never to buy a viewfinderless camera ever again... but if the screen is good, that could change. And I do see a lot of really nice shots from the MX-1
  16. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    average, which means not good except for "rough" framing of the scene, but YMMV.
  17. Thanks, Luke, thats all I needed to know :) No MX-1 for me.
  18. dermaus

    dermaus Regular

    Feb 18, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    Hi, Sue. I think I agree with Luke regarding the screen. It's pretty much how I feel about all "screens" I've shot with outside. They are sometimes great, most times adequate, and sometimes horrible. I can kind of see where you're coming from and, at one point, was EVF militant. That is, a camera didn't get full cuddles from me unless it had an EVF, whether integrated or attached. Since then, I've allowed myself a little flexibility in the area, if only to see what I could create from cameras I had no experience with.

    Like many here, I have way too many cameras. Many have either integrated or accessory EVFs, but I have a few that don't. And while I'll have to wait for my ideal camera with a side-hinged, fully articulating screen along with an integrated, tiltable EVF like that in the GX7, I find that, at least with the cameras I own, I eventually find a way to gel with whichever one I happen to grab for that day, EVF or no.
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