My virgin post on here.
I recently had a tutorial with a photographer I admired. I didn't realise that when I got there he was all Nikon D3 and Nikon lenses and I was all Canon 5Dii and L class.
It's probably that I'm a really bad amateur photographer and not understanding stuff, but I'm confused about one technical issue and need your help please.
We were recreating one of his shots and he gave me his camera settings which I dialled in, his shots looked gorgeous, clean, in focus and bright using his Nikon D3, 50mm, 200th at f11, iso 200. When (under his instruction) I took the exact same shot with my 5D Mkii with my 50mm, 200th at f11, iso 200, mine came out 3 stops darker and contrasty. WTF?
I ended up spending the next ten minutes re checking my settings and modes and I couldn't see anything wrong.
At points he pointed out that he didn't even need to look through the viewfinder to get it in focus and still get a good shot, which he did in a Austin Powers style by looking at me and pointing the camera away from himself at the model all while talking to me about shooting styles. Bingo his shot was excellent. Although my shot's came out the same contrast level and harsh while his were silk smooth.
His camera performed flawlessly and mine seemed to be 3 or four f stops and focus steps behind. The dynamic range of his camera was exceptional, all I got was what comes out of a horses bottom, IMO.
Come to think of it I'm always stopping my camera up when I know it's a darker environment but just been doing it automatically for so long I though it was just how the 5d2 was supposed to be. Is that right?
Based on this session alone I'm thinking of switching to the dark side. The thing that stops me is the amount of good L class glass I have invested in Canon plus I'm hoping Canon will announce the 3dx with 16 bits of dynamic range soon. I'm not sure I'll get much for my 5d2 now the 6d has nicely under cut it. Thanks Canon, lovin' your work. Not.
Bad Canon 5d2 or is the Nikon D3 that good?
Anyone else out there who had a D3 that switched to Canon because Canon was better?
Is the 5D2 better compensated 2-3 stops up?
Thank you in advance for any advice you may have.
BTW - I have followed this post for set ups. http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/5d-mk-ii/users-guide/index.htm