Canon 6D Dynamic Range - Practically speaking

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Canon 6D Dynamic Range - Practically speaking
Jun 25, 2013

There was a heated debate in another thread which has now become full.

It ended with an allegation that under extreme duress the 6D file bands (or I would say falls apart) and the D800E doesn't.

Having shot the D800E extensively, and it is one of the best sensors ever made, of that there is no doubt, I said that the 6D's was surprisingly good and didn't restrict my work. I certainly didn't feel much difference in usage to the D800E. Note that I am not saying the D800E's isn't slightly better, all I am saying is that for real world usage it doesn't effect what I want to photograph or how I shoot. The difference is now really marginal between top 14bit sensors. I don't expect a big jump until we start getting 16bit, or even 32bit sensors (I can hope !!).

This is compared to, say, the dynamic range of M4/3's sensors I have used (pre-OMD) which were unacceptable IMHO.

Without getting into technical details, and doing silly things like pushing 10 stops, I just wanted to show a simple example I took today.

Please note, that whilst I played with shadows, highlights, contrast and clarity in Lightroom, I did not treat any area of the picture differently (i.e. no masks, lines or sectors).

Also note I am 100% amateur and don't do pro laser tests in clean rooms, etc,etc,

Original picture as it came out of the camera:

After some sliders:

If anyone needs more then this in real life I'd be very surprised.

The 6D and 24mm f1.4 II and 50mm f1.2 lenses are the producing the best picture quality I have seen, this side of the Leica 35mm Summilux.

On a lighter note, this is the 6D's shadow detail being put to a more practical usage:

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