Canon 1Ds mkIII and the Dolomites in June 2012

Started Aug 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
rwbaron Forum Pro • Posts: 12,393
Re: Try D800

Press Correspondent wrote:

Hans Kruse wrote:

Press Correspondent wrote:

It sounds like you would have enjoyed working with D800 for no bracketing needed plus higher resolution for landscapes.

The D800 also benefits from optimal exposure.

Only so far as highlights are not blown, but in shadows it has more reserve than Canon with bracketing. Even if you want to expose optimally and then bracket for potentially clipped highlights, you definitely do not need to bracket for shadows on D800. It is especially helpful with moving subjects, like clouds, etc., which may be difficult to blend after they have moved.

You have to also consider the quality of the information in a shadow that is lifted 3 or 4 stops. Yes, the D800 will be clean and pattern free but that does not mean the color is accurate and you also are looking at noise in those lifted shadows that is 3 or 4 stops above the chosen ISO. Someone posted a D800 image of the inside of a basilica shot at ISO 100 and linked to the full image. I commented how the shadows were much noisier than expected and he explained how he lifted them in post and it wasn't an extreme lift either. Certainly suitable for posting on the Web but I would guess there are some implications when printing large as Hans most likely does. It's still in one's best interest to optimize exposure regardless what camera they are using.

Bob
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