Let's stop the myth

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Let's stop the myth
Apr 22, 2012

Truth : Nikon sensors are far better than Canon sensors in lifting shadows.

Myth : Nikon sensors can do magic. Nikon sensors can lift extreme shadows without any noise or degradation whereas only Canon sucks in this.

Let's take this D800 picture from IR. ISO 100, +0.3 EV. Click twice on the picture.

Its a descent picture, looks good as it is, may be a little bit of highlight recovery is needed. There is no need to lift shadows. But there are some proud Nikon users who would just do that and post them in various Canon forums. And there are some Canon users who would look at those and recent fredmiranda example posted in another thread and say, OMG, sky has fallen! So, let's try some shadow recovery here and look at two 100% crops.

This is broad daylight, btw.

Here is the link for the IR image
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d800/nikon-d800GALLERY.HTM
You can download the RAW file and try for yourself.

I have tried few other D800 RAW files for shadow lifting. They are definitely better than 5D2 or 5D3. But they are not magic as recent fredmiranda example and some posters would like us to believe.

So, the morals of the story is?

1. We don't have an ideal sensor yet. We don't know who will get there first. Both Canon and Nikon sensors suck in lifting extreme shadows, but Nikon sucks less. Canon should address this .

2. We shouldn't lift shadows and look at them at 100% when we don't need to. More often than not shadows are part of a scene. They are better left undisturbed.
3. Knowing your tool and good technique will help both Canon and Nikon users.

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