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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #45 on: June 18, 2012, 04:00:34 AM »
A crop is fine, but the entire frame is horrid.

Did you recover the highlights (in Lightroom) from the raw? And in this case, you could just have taken 2 bracketing shots because the bright scene is static and exposure fused them with no hdr blur.

The problem w/ too little dr only matters when shooting lots of shots w/o the time for exposure fusion/hdr or when the high dr scene itsself isn't static like a black and white animal or moving leaves and such.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #46 on: June 18, 2012, 04:56:41 AM »
I guess most people still don't realize the big difference in terms of DR, MPs, etc.

If you are an event photographer you need to use a flash, and this determines most of your IQ and shooting style. You don't even need a FF camera for that. I've been shooting events with a Rebel and my pics put to shame those taken with a 5D2, because I was shooting ISO 800 f/4 and knew how to use my speedlite while most of people with a FF relied on their bigger sensor and fast primes to to the job without freezing the action with a flash. Result? A disaster (for them). But the point is: such celebrative pictures do not need a high DR because the point usually is to lit subject and bg evenly. Also, no one is going to print  posters from such pics, so even 10MP would be more than enough. So I would say it's basically a tie, with a slight advantage for the 5D3.

If you are a studio-based or fashion pro, you will plan your set in advance and again, you will not need a high DR or more MP than the 5D3 has. You decide if you want soft or contrasty shadows, and you can take your time to frame your subject. Again I would say it's a tie, with a slight advantage for the D800 if you change your mind during post processing. D800 clear winner if you really print big.

If you are into sports or wildlife, none of these cameras is suitable due to low fps and buffer. Again though, having to choose, D800's higher MP and DR would be my choice. Its crop modes might also be useful in such situations.

If you are into landscape photography D800 is the clear winner. More pixels, more DR, more colore depth. Can't find one reason why one should prefer the 5D3 here.

If you are a PRO, both the D800 and the 5D3 would suite your needs equally well in most situations. This doesn't change the fact though that the D800 is an overall better and more versatile camera, and it's embarassing that it's considerably cheaper than the 5D3. So yes, this makes the 5D3 look very overpriced from a market perspective.

The interesting difference is if you're not a PRO. It makes a lot of difference when you can't plan your shots to have more DR and more pixels to crop. The D800 is the clear winner here, and I don't see how any amateur should prefer to buy a even more expensive 5D3.




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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #47 on: June 18, 2012, 05:40:25 AM »
Don't forget that the DR advantage is there at base ISO, at higher ISOs there's not much of a difference. For wildlife I think the Canon *system* is a winner thanks to the excellent super-telephoto lenses and great teleconverters.

The D800 can compete with some medium format systems thanks to the resolution and excellent base ISO DR, this is very clear at MF forums where the D800 is discussed a lot, some have dropped out of MF and uses a D800E instead. The 5Dmk3 is not discussed at all - it is not an alternative to MF. For typical DSLR type of photography though the 5Dmk3 sensor is good enough so it is other things that people care about, like how it feels in the hand, ruggedness, autofocus performance, speed etc.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #48 on: June 18, 2012, 06:26:44 AM »
and it was hand held, which would have made bracketing a difficult proposition.

... this is one of the few things why I think IS makes sense in wider angle lenses - taking handheld bracketing shots w/o too much differences between them. But Photomatrix does a good job assembling different pictures, it's just that the overlapping smaller part gets smaller.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2012, 07:36:28 AM »
Good (landscape) photography is about reading the light, not about the dynamic range of your camera.

Jim Brandenburg would disagree with you...both are important.   

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #50 on: June 18, 2012, 08:10:14 AM »
I use a 5D2 now. When it was new to me I spent a couple of days with a pro landscape 'tog who used the same camera. We discussed the DR and came to an agreement that 5 stops was about it. The 11 point something quoted by Canon is completely artificial. Look at the actual DR graph and it has around the 5 stops in the centre, then long, almost horizontal tails top and bottom. These tails achieve nothing except artificially push the quotable DR sky high.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2012, 08:22:53 AM »
I use a 5D2 now. When it was new to me I spent a couple of days with a pro landscape 'tog who used the same camera. We discussed the DR and came to an agreement that 5 stops was about it.

That's very interesting, because (well, on my 60d) a theoretical higher dr capability isn't backed up by my experiences of how large bracketing steps have to be so the exposures just overlap a little.

I have indeed often wondered myself where the high dr is hidden, because exactly as you say according to the graphs you should/could squeeze more dr out (at least in postprocessing), but the resolution of these highlights/shadows is very low. Do you have any other sources on this?

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2012, 08:35:16 AM »
Once the DR technology is perfected, and high ISO noise is completely eliminated, and all cameras are 60 mega pixies... What excuse will all the spec-sheet-pixel-peepin-chart-reading-camera-testers complain about as the reason their photos aren't good enough? I'm so excited for these future point-and-shoots!

*shrug* people often look towards what is better then what they currently have.  New equipment with new capabilities that lets you push the limits of what already exists can be exciting.

Digital cameras have been 'good enough' for years.  Outside large format they have pretty much completely eclipsed film when it comes to capability, and film spent its entire lifespan improving every year.  We are all on this site because we want to know what is next and because there is some element of photography that we hope will be improved over what we are currently using.

I am always perplexed as to why people feel the need to degrade or diminish others when they are hoping for improvements in domains that the speaker is not interested in, with this 'you are just pixel peepers' derailing being a common one.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #53 on: June 18, 2012, 09:10:04 AM »
I'm not complaining that the 5D3 is not good enough. I'm complaining that its price is out of line with the D800: it should be clearly cheaper, not massively more expensive.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #54 on: June 18, 2012, 09:42:43 AM »
Quit complaining. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. If you really want it, save up for it or wait for a price drop in a year or two.
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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2012, 09:43:02 AM »
I'm not complaining that the 5D3 is not good enough. I'm complaining that its price is out of line with the D800: it should be clearly cheaper, not massively more expensive.

This has been asserted numerous times in previous threads, but the answer has been known for two thousand years:

"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it." -- Publius Syrius

Nothing else matters, and it will remain at this price as long as purchasers are willing to pay.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #56 on: June 18, 2012, 10:50:43 AM »
I'm not complaining that the 5D3 is not good enough. I'm complaining that its price is out of line with the D800: it should be clearly cheaper, not massively more expensive.

Why should it be cheaper?
Outside the two cameras coming out at about the same time and being similar in price point, they are not really related.  The D800 does better at some things, the 5D3 better at others.  Of course if you are focused on the D800's strengths it seems odd the 5D3 is more expensive, but if you are focused on the 5D3's streghts the price makes a lot more sense (though many will still complain since we, as consumers generally want things cheaper)

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #57 on: June 18, 2012, 11:42:32 AM »
* I can afford it, but I won't pay $3500 for it: I don't think it's good bang-for-buck, there are better alternatives in the market (D800).

* The only 5D3 strengths I see are "it can use my current Canon lenses" and "it has clean video". At anything else, the D800 wins, or it's a tie.

* I also think many people think like me, and sales are low (yes, I know it's out of stock everywhere, but only because Canon has had lots of manufacturing issues, not because demand was strong, see link at the end).

* I know it's worth whatever people are ready to pay for it. If manufacturing issues are solved and cameras start to pile up in the shelves, the price will fall. That is what happened with 60D vs D7000, and D700 vs 5D2, and I expect to see it soon with the 5D3.

* You think I'm crazy? In the first weeks, where it was really hard to find a 5D3 in stock, they sold on ebay for a big markup ($4000 body only). But now it can already be bought at a discount at reputable ebay sellers ($3220). I think the official price will follow in the coming weeks.



that's why I started this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=6539.45
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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #58 on: June 18, 2012, 12:11:08 PM »
Can anyone provide me with example(s) of pictures that needed high DR to expose/bring out shadows/clip highlights, etc.? I am trying to evaluate how important it is to my shooting.

I wrote an article about dynamic range awhile ago on my blog as it related to making this image (shot with a 5DII):



Basically I needed to keep from blowing the highlights in the sky and lift the shadows in the foreground so they were dark blue instead of black. This was done by processing the raw file three separate times and blending the images together, and then using a combination of selective noise reduction, manual blur, and large feature sharpening to address shadow noise.
 
So yeah, more dyanmic range is never a bad thing. :)

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #59 on: June 18, 2012, 12:28:22 PM »
* I can afford it, but I won't pay $3500 for it: I don't think it's good bang-for-buck, there are better alternatives in the market (D800).

* The only 5D3 strengths I see are "it can use my current Canon lenses" and "it has clean video". At anything else, the D800 wins, or it's a tie.

* I also think many people think like me, and sales are low (yes, I know it's out of stock everywhere, but only because Canon has had lots of manufacturing issues, not because demand was strong, see link at the end).

* I know it's worth whatever people are ready to pay for it. If manufacturing issues are solved and cameras start to pile up in the shelves, the price will fall. That is what happened with 60D vs D7000, and D700 vs 5D2, and I expect to see it soon with the 5D3.

* You think I'm crazy? In the first weeks, where it was really hard to find a 5D3 in stock, they sold on ebay for a big markup ($4000 body only). But now it can already be bought at a discount at reputable ebay sellers ($3220). I think the official price will follow in the coming weeks.



that's why I started this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=6539.45

I think everone should buy the camera which is best for them. For whatever reasons people have different needs and requirements. If the 5DIII doesn't suit then that it is fine.

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Re: Examples of DR photos and why this is important to landscape shooters
« Reply #59 on: June 18, 2012, 12:28:22 PM »