How little camera sensors have changed in 5 years

Started Sep 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
J Mankila
J Mankila Veteran Member • Posts: 4,234
The practical differences...

Tommot1965 wrote:

Robin Casady wrote:

Too technical for you? Need to have it explained?

yes..and yes please...but without condescension

It's showing the photographically usable dynamic range at various ISOs. In practical terms, it shows you how much you can dig up the shadows until they become too noisy to be considered useful.

For the differences to really show, you're expected to do some tone mapping with your images (not talking about special software, but rather tweaking of the tone curve in the raw converter). Especially in B&W photography it's extremely useful, as the colours don't get washed away (although masters will create impressive, realistic HDR images in colour, too). The D700 isn't very good at that, whereas the D800 is one of the best. No, not really - it is the best, medium format digital backs included (to my limited knowledge).

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