Shots In The Dark: Post your GXR images made in low light

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sroute
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Shots In The Dark: Post your GXR images made in low light
Mar 28, 2012

Inspired by recent (persistent?) discussions about high ISO shooting on the GXR and other cameras, I thought we could keep a thread going on that topic. Does the somewhat dated sensor in the A12 modules hold GXR shooters back? Is the A16 that much better? Who cares! Post your Shots In The Dark and if you have a mind to, share the shooting conditions (ISO would be helpful, shutter speed and aperture if you happen to know).

Who knows, maybe we'll learn a thing or two.

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In reply to sroute, Mar 28, 2012

Guess I'll go first:

GXR Mount A12
IS0 800 - Zeiss ZM35 f2 @ f2 - 1/35th

Yes, there's a little noise in it, but I can only see it at 100% crop and what noise there is does not detract from the image - here's a bit from the original DNG:

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In reply to sroute, Mar 28, 2012

This is an excellent shot...and thanks for including a crop for the pixel peeper.

No, not so that they can analyze it to death, But so that they may for once understand what they are losing by focusing on the wrong stuff..

I thought photography was about light, not darkness....if a picture reflects the challenging lighting condition, and manages to make art with it, it becomes much more honest and powerful...

Imagine if your camera were capable of capturing this at 25600 iso...it would have been a complete disaster.

And excellent post processing...If anything I would have liked it a little bit rougher. A bit too clean for my taste. But this is a powerful shot.
Congrats.

sroute wrote:

Guess I'll go first:

GXR Mount A12
IS0 800 - Zeiss ZM35 f2 @ f2 - 1/35th

Yes, there's a little noise in it, but I can only see it at 100% crop and what noise there is does not detract from the image - here's a bit from the original DNG:

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In reply to sroute, Mar 28, 2012

A12 50mm, ISO 100, f4.5, 8sec:

A12 M mount, CV 15mm, ISO 100, f4.5, 15sec:

A12 50mm, ISO 1600, f2.5, 1/39sec, taken in snowfall:

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sroute
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In reply to nicolabotta, Mar 28, 2012

rondom, thank you. I think most cameras produced these days are capable enough when it comes to sensitivity. Sure it'd be nice if we got a stop or two better high sensitivity performance performance down the road, but it is other aspects of the GXR which cause me to prefer it over other comparable cameras. Noise performance isn't everything.

Nicolabotta, those are terrific examples using wildly different ISO sensitivities and long or short exposures.

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In reply to sroute, Mar 28, 2012

Both of these subway shots were with the Jupiter-8 50mm @ f2 (and leaning against a wall to avoid camera shake)

ISO 1000

ISO 3200

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In reply to sroute, Mar 29, 2012

All taken with the A12 28mm, mostly wide open aperture and ISO @ 1600-3200.

More night stuff: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=10560728@N03&q=ricoh%20gxr%20night

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In reply to sroute, Mar 29, 2012

sroute wrote:

Inspired by recent (persistent?) discussions about high ISO shooting on the GXR and other cameras, I thought we could keep a thread going on that topic. Does the somewhat dated sensor in the A12 modules hold GXR shooters back? Is the A16 that much better? Who cares! Post your Shots In The Dark and if you have a mind to, share the shooting conditions (ISO would be helpful, shutter speed and aperture if you happen to know).

Who knows, maybe we'll learn a thing or two.

Interesting challenge. I had the GXR with me when I went out for dinner this evening and made a few quickie shots. All hand-held, please excuse a little motion blur.

All were processed from raw in Lightroom, no noise reduction applied.

Picture number
1000 px on the long edge
detail 1:1 crop.
Followed by exposure data.

All with Ricoh GXR-M + M-Rokkor 40mm f/2

252 -

ISO 400 @ f/2 @ 1/5 s

255 -

ISO 566 @ f/16 @ 3/4 s

258 -

ISO 2500 @ f/5.6 @ 1/40 s

259 -

ISO 2500 @ f/4 @ 1/17 s

260 -

ISO 1600 @ f/2 @ 1/18 s
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No sharpening either. Really, I processed all five in five minutes. Took longer to write down the exposure data!
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In reply to Helje, Mar 29, 2012

Helje that's a wonderful sampling of images. My favorite lies in one of the last three but picking one is too difficult.

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Godfrey wrote:

Godfey, your pixel-peep crop pretty much stands on its own as an image, like water on fire.

Thank you everyone for posting; let's keep this thread rolling. It's far more fun to look at and discuss reak images than debating back and forth over what the camera or any camera is or is not supposed to do "in the dark."

My other ulterior motive was to see what sort of photographs people are making in lower light situations. Apparently the world is dark a goodly chunk of each day - so there is lots of opportunity for experimentation.

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In reply to sroute, Mar 29, 2012

holy...

now those high iso discussions, about what where they again?

Fantastic series all,

thanks for shairng

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In reply to sroute, Mar 30, 2012

sroute wrote:

Guess I'll go first:

GXR Mount A12
IS0 800 - Zeiss ZM35 f2 @ f2 - 1/35th

Yes, very atmospheric, the half-seen person in the background makes the moment.

Yes, there's a little noise in it, but I can only see it at 100% crop and what noise there is does not detract from the image - here's a bit from the original DNG:

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In reply to nicolabotta, Mar 30, 2012

These shots all work very well Nicola.

Once these were harder (with film) but they are still not easy even though digiral allows much easier re-trys.

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In reply to pthortron, Mar 30, 2012

"They" say that Russian lenses are a bit soft wide open but are valued for the look they produce and it is evident here. They have that valuable image that is prized in itself. The same "pundits" say that the Russian lenses sharpen considerably as they are stopped down. Also that the effect is typical of Sonnar design lenses of all persuasions. Maybe Ziess Sonnar versions have their own distinctive "look" that sets them apart as well.

I like these images and my comment is more to fill out the information these good lenses for those that have not experienced them. Oh that the Jupiter-8 would go to f1.0, but alas - only f2.0 is available.

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