"intents and purposes"

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Richard Murdey
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"intents and purposes"
3 months ago

That's the phrase that came to mind looking at a quick test comparison between my D40 and D600: "For all intents and purposes, the output here is the same."

No, I'm not going to run out and sell my D600, but all the same I was struck by how similar the result came out to, and I'm sure could equalize it even further with a bit of saturation/contrast tweaking.

For all the talk of resolution, dynamic range, signal to noise, sensor size blah blah blah... a lot of the time, its not actually doing much for you in terms of meaningful, visible results.

D40, Sigma 30mm F1.4 HSM

D600, AFS50mmF1.8G

*D600 is at ISO400, vs. ISO200 for the D40, but honestly it won't change the output significantly either way. Also, yes, the D600 is nicer output, no question in my mind... though some of that has to go down to the Nikkor 50/1.8. Since I've come this far, I should try this test again but normalizing the DOF...

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Ansel Spear
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In reply to Richard Murdey, 3 months ago

I can see quite a bit of difference between the two shots.

However, if you're going to shoot against the light, blow the highlights and underexpose the subject, you're never going to produce any meaningful IQ comparison - unless, by all intents and purposes, you're trying to compare blown highlights and crushed shadows.

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mikemsphoto
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In reply to Richard Murdey, 3 months ago

Now try a comparison at ISO 3200.
For all intents and purposes, you are comparing an old
Honda civic with a new Acura while both are idling and saying that you can't detect any difference in performance.
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LA Headshots
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A bad photo will be bad no matter what camera...
In reply to Richard Murdey, 3 months ago

Richard Murdey wrote:

That's the phrase that came to mind looking at a quick test comparison between my D40 and D600: "For all intents and purposes, the output here is the same."

No, I'm not going to run out and sell my D600, but all the same I was struck by how similar the result came out to, and I'm sure could equalize it even further with a bit of saturation/contrast tweaking.

For all the talk of resolution, dynamic range, signal to noise, sensor size blah blah blah... a lot of the time, its not actually doing much for you in terms of meaningful, visible results.

You, like most others other this forum, should upgrade your actual photography skill as opposed to just buying more gear and expecting magic photography to come pouring out.

I went from D90/D3200 to D600. And the amount of adjustments you can make to to a raw D600 shot are much more than you can make to the D3200 RAW without it completely falling apart. That said, if stuck on an island with only D3200 and a decent prime lens, I would still manage to create some good photos

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Randy Z
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In reply to LA Headshots, 3 months ago

The D40 is an amazing camera for what it is.  I still happily use mine.

My D600 is an EVEN MORE EXTREMELY amazing camera . . . I like the idling cars comparison above.

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D40 wins color, D600 wins resolution
In reply to Richard Murdey, 3 months ago

Every image comparison tells a story. The OP's point here that there's fundamentally little difference between these two images shot by two different cameras separated by 6 years of technological advancement.  To anyone save pixel peepers this is largely true.

That being said, IMHO this comparison also shows the overall colors and micro-color details are better in the D40 image.  Despite the much better acuity and resolution of the D600, the image here clearly has washed out reds and absent color detail... not unexpected given we are comparing a low density CCD sensor vs. a high density CMOS sensor.

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