Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: No
In reply to meland, May 2, 2014

meland wrote:

Dave Lively wrote:

A camera with high dynamic range will not produce pictures that look like poorly done HDR at the default settings.

Both the camera's JPEG engine and raw processors will try to generate the best possible looking results, not use all the available dynamic range. So in good light images from a camera with very high dynamic range will start with about the same levels of contrast as cameras with low DR without any additional post processing.

So are you saying that sometimes not using all the available dynamic range produces 'better' looking image?

Definitely, extreme DR can be a useful tool for post processing but getting into the habit of lifting every shadow obviously isn't good.

For me the biggest misunderstanding that people seem to have is that DR and resolution is what matters for base ISO whilst more standard read noise only matters at high ISO.

The reality is that standard read noise is just as if not more important a factor even at base ISO because its going to always be present, not just limited to shadows.

If you offered me say a 5D mk3 or a D7100 to shoot landscape I'd pick the Canon dispite the lower DR, partly because the larger sensor doesn't push lenses as hard and partly for the lower standard read noise and notality.

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