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dark, yet whimsical
dark, yet whimsical
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I didn't have problems with noise in my shots, they were with a 5D MkIII, no problems with a MkII either. That's what grad filters are for.
@Aglet - from what? I mean the first "from"
Here are some pictures made with my 7D using the same settings like in your exif data. The pics are at 100% in RAW without any PP applied. the noise lvl is much lower....
While these are interesting, They don't showcase anything that couldn't be done on a d30.HA!
I'd really prefer if ANY camera company added a metering mode that figured out how to get the maximum quantity of photons into eachphotosite while avoiding color channel blowout..
Or to quote from that Luminous Landscape article:
"Relax, Bors. The landscape isn't going anywhere."
No, but the light is. And I'm not saying don't spend 20 seconds making sure it's level. I'm just saying get it close and then tweak it as needed. It's an important element to get right in the field, but not at the expense of paying attention to other things. I just don't see the need for a specialized level like that.
aglet, I've been reading your posts a bit now. Can you post some of your D800 Photos here?
If by normal you mean about the same as Nikon I would agree with you. (why do I get the sneaky feeling you may not agree with me )
I never use the electronic level on my 7D - far too sensitive, nor the bubble spirit-levels on my tripod or monopod, instead, I find it easier to correct in post with the Ruler tool in PS. Your time is better spent getting your composition & exposure correct than your camera level.
+1 a focus screen not properly seated can cause all sorts of issues with focus too.Both of my D5100s are off by nearly 1 degree in the same direction! I didn't notice it for a while until I started shooting some water scenes. I wasn't using liveview and the on-screen gridlines as I was trying to conserve what was left of my battery for more shots. So I leveled the water horizon carefully to the outermost AF points. All those shots were consistently clockwise from level by about 0.8 degrees. ARGHH! I've yet to send them in to see if they can straighten them out, likely the reflex mirror is a bit tilted as everything else seems to be optically well aligned.
Minor random point, but it's unlikely to be the reflex mirror (light for AF passes through portions of the reflex mirror that are beam splitters). Most likely, the focus screen is not straight - could be the mounting bracket is off, or the screen isn't seated properly. Not sure if the D5100 has a user-replaceable focus screen, but if so, you could try adjusting that.
But in fact if you play around with it & pixel peep I think you'll find that up to about ISO800 or ISO1600 (depending on the camera of course, for modern Canons it's usually around 800 for crop & 1600 for FF) it's actually beneficial to do what you're saying i.e. boost the ISO to get better sensitivity for ETTR. Until the camera starts doing more linear amplification (which causes DR to drop above those ISOs), capturing more photons is better.
To me the answer is obvious:
On one side you have some small companies trying to survive in a specialized market niche, while on the other hand you have big corporations with disproportionate amounts of money to invest in R&D out to annihilate annoying niche market competitors. I have seen this situation in other lines of business and the end result is rather easy to predict.