Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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meland OP
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Re: Can we have too much Dynamic Range?
In reply to Bill Robb, May 2, 2014

Bill Robb wrote:

meland wrote:

Not wishing to be provocative since virtually everyone seems to think more DR is better, but can we have too much Dynamic Range? Can a sensor with a greater DR produce end up producing results that look 'flat' without post processing?

After all many photographers, especially landscape photographers, used to prefer certain films like Fuji Velvia and that had a quite limited DR.


You can't have too much, but you can have more than you need. Sometime take your camera out and spot meter a few scenes to see what the DR of them actually is. You might surprise yourself at how short the dynamic range of most scenes actually is.

Thanks for that but no it wouldn't surprise me at all.  It didn't take long for users of cameras like the Olympus OM-4 and Canon T-90 to realise that despite their ability to take and hold multiple spot readings the DR in most scenes was not that great and thus this facility, after users had played with it a few times, tended not be quite as useful as many had thought it would be.  Of course there are exceptions to everything.

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