Stick with Nikon or Go for the 5DIII ?

Started Apr 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
Alfred Contributing Member • Posts: 827
Re: Stick with Nikon or Go for the 5DIII ? For Skintones: hardly

These professional cameras are very well calibrated and differences, when starting from RAW, are rather subtle. I checked this out with a D800 and a 5DIII some time ago. I took side by side shots in daylight using the same Rodenstock lens (T-adapter) on both to eliminate differences in transmission. The RAW's can be downloaded here: and here:

As others pointed out, of course WB, converter and profiles matter and I took some care to start with a reasonable WB in this comparison. Conversions with Apple Aperture profiles produced then close and acceptable results. The Nikon file will mostly be flatter and may profit from a bit more contrast. In practice it is often better to set WB, particularly on the Nikon, manually. The fine tuning can be left to the RAW conversion later. Below the unadjusted default conversions to jpg in Aperture.

Nikon D800, daylight, converted from RAW on defaults in Aperture

And here the conversion from the 5DIII:

Canon 5DIII, daylight, default conversion to jpg in Aperture

Mixed lighting will give mixed results with both cameras and there is no way around a sporadic reference shot of a color target to save processing time later. I also have to admit that experiments with other converters were not equally close on defaults already.

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