Lightroom has a new enhancement feature to double the number of pixels along the width and height, resulting in enlarging my 26 MP pictures to 102MP. I wanted to try it to see how far I could push the focal length of my Pentax 20-40mm lens with cropping.
I thought that some of my pictures made in WVa would make good tests due to the amount of fine details in the images; therefore, I used some raw files made at 40mm focal length to test the LR enhancement feature. I then cropped the enhanced image.
The upper images are the originals, and the ones below are the files which were cropped from the enhanced images.
After I tried the raw images I tried the same thing on a jpeg file that I made at home, with an additional enlargement. I used the LR enlargement and then cropped out a section and then used ON1 to enlarge the cropped file up to 3000 x 3000 pixels. The following shows the result.
I also tried the same technique on some images made at 135mm focal length with the 18-135mm lens and I didn’t like the result. I think I will stick with using my Pentax limited lenses, the 40mm and the 20-40mm, and consider getting a longer limited focal length lens.
I took a walk on memorial day with the purpose of seeing if I might want to leave the Pentax 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens on the K-3 III most of the time; i.e., how that effective 60mm focal length works for me. I like it so far. It makes for the most compact, lightest weight, easiest to carry package possible with that camera.
The only issue I have with the lens is that it is not weather resistant so I would have to switch to the 20-40mm WR lens during wet weather. I might make those two lenses my favorites for my walkabouts. The zoom lens is more versatile but is larger and heavier.
I hope all of this cool rain doesn’t mean that we will next swing into a hot dry summer.
The image above was made through a window with at a 40mm focal length. I have been making so many images using the end of the 20-40mm zoom lens that I ordered a small prime pancake lens of 40mm to try as a possible small lens to use when I need to keep the weight lower and be more discreet using the Pentax K-3 III camera.
I sold all of my Fujifilm gear, the X-Pro3 and the X100V, and all of my lenses and extra gear for them. I now only have one camera, the Pentax K-3 Mark 3.
I decided that as I wind down my photography in my remaining years, that I wanted to go back to the type of camera I had when I first got serious with a Pentax DSLR. Since I started, I have owned many different Pentax DSLRs. The K-3 Mark 3 may be my last.
It is my hope to just use one camera and a few lenses. My camera is the recently released Pentax K-3 Mark 3, and my lenses for now are the 18-135mm and the 20-40mm Pentax lenses.
If the arthritis in my hands, knees, and back get to where I can’t manage the weight, etc. I’ll just slow down and do less and less. I don’t intend to be taking long hikes with the camera, but I might get a smaller, lighter lens to help with the weight, and I might get the 55-300mm lens to extend my photographic reach when photographing from a car, etc.