The Kodak DCS 520 is the reference camera, nearly every photograph I took with this camera (and I took well over 1,200) made me go "oooh" and "aaah", low light and night time performance was exceptional (due to it's ability to take long exposures and the quality of the CCD and electronics systems), I took advantage of this in the second samples gallery, most of the indoor shots were taken without a flash and the high ISO rating of the camera dealt with this easily. When this camera is combined with a quality flash (such as the Canon 380EX Speedlight I used) results can be truely outstanding.
Most images shown have been through the "Digital Darkroom" and then sampled down to 50% size (to fit in your browser). Read the section below on Digital Darkroom to understand why I process images before putting them in a gallery.
In total there are nearly 70 sample images all with originals available (a link below the main image). All originals are JPEG 0% compression (nearly lossless and around 1Mb each), for the original TIFF that came out of the camera email me with the exact filename.
I'm a firm believer that no matter HOW good the camera is (and believe me, this one is fantastic) it will never see the subject the way your eye does, there is always some darkroom work to be done. In the case of digital photography this is much easier to achieve with excellent packages such as Photoshop you can easily balance the levels in a photograph and apply an unsharpen mask to slightly out-of-focus images. Some people don't agree with this, and that is why I also provide the original images linked from below the larger image.
Below you can see an example of what I mean by Digital Darkroom and how it can enhance (and correct) an image.
In this shot the camera made a very good judgement in properly exposing the subject in the foreground; our cat, Ash (right half of image), however level adjustment in Photoshop brought the colour of her fur back to what it should be (left half of image)
|Louvre Museum pyramid by Didier Quan|
|Oka Frozen Leaf 2002 DP by MarioSS|
from The Dead Leaves of Winter