D800E vs. 5D3: Diminishing Returns or Reversal of Returns?

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Rick Knepper OP Forum Pro • Posts: 13,243
Re: D800E vs. 5D3: Diminishing Returns or Reversal of Returns?

yray wrote:

afterburn wrote:

No opinion one way or the other at the moment, but you did see the 5D images appear to have slightly higher contrast (despite you normalizing in ACR) and that increased contrast can appear as having increased detail?

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Very true. Perceptually, an image with higher microcontrast will appear sharper than a perfectly sharp image with more low level detail but less microcontrast. The D800 image in this example appears washed out even though I believe that at the pixel level it contains more fine detail. So I don't think D800 produced a better image viewed as a whole image, not pixel-peeping at 100%, but this might be just this particular shot OP chose as an example.

The difference in contrast is a good observation. I've shot the 5D2 and D3x alongside each other for 2 1/2 years and this dfifference seems to be a common characteristic of the two systems. Now with the 5D3 and D800E, it's same thing.

I chalked it up to the difference in DR of the two systems. When a scene has a large area of shadow, this contrast you see which is really a darker black ain't no fun to hassle with in the Canon files.

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