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An example follows below after this general discussion.
The Pentax 645Z has an incredible dynamic range. Even so, there are scenes in which every last bit of that range is needed. Hence a discussion of both camera behavior and operational best practices is offered here.
After making an image, the 645Z shows a post-shot histogram (assuming it is configured to do so).
- The post-shot histogram can be significantly at variance with the histogram shown during “Play” of the same image.
- Both histograms can mislead in how well the exposure retained the highlights, because the relatively narrow color gamut of AdobeRGB clips highlights, particularly bright saturated reds and yellows (much worse with sRGB, so avoid sRGB).
- Apparently clipped highlights might in fact not be clipped.
- Apparently safe highlights can in fact be blown! This is less common, but derives from the color space and white balance flaws in the histogram implementation.
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