EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

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Topher5 Contributing Member • Posts: 538
EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Olympus EP-1 $800+

Nikon D3 $3800+

For resolution and dynamic colour the EP-1 Wins hands down.
Granted the D3 shot was white balanced better, human error.

Images from http://www.imaging-resource.com

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I wish you'd posted this link instead :-)

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

Needless to say, I continue to be amazed at the sharpness, colours and details from the images of the E-P1
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Gusmur Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Awesome...encouraging...thanks(nt)
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Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

I'm going kick myself for jumping in to what is sure to become a contentious thread, but I do have 2 comments:

1: Olympus really has come a long way.

2: I noticed that there is a certain amount of bayer produced false-detail in some of the imaging resource images--which I'm guessing stems from the lighter low-pass filter. It doesn't bother me in the least, and sure beats heavily anti-aliased mush, but it is there.

devlin2427 Regular Member • Posts: 469
Re: I wish you'd posted this link instead :-)

This is not really fair. The raw files from the D3 have a huge processing headroom.

I think comparison proves how good is the ZD 50mm macro with a weaker AA filter behind it.

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Topher5 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: I wish you'd posted this link instead :-)

Resolution is quite inferior on the D3.

I wonder what glass was used on either camera too.

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jkrumm Veteran Member • Posts: 9,125
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

100 iso? Couldn't read the exif on the Nikon image for iso, but that's what the EP1 image is. The Nikon blew some highlights, which is strange for a studio shot (sloppy, maybe).

The EP1 looks good, but I don't think these types of comparisons show anything. Seems a little silly.

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Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

plainly a shot such as this doesnt work to FF advantage

(you could just post links, instead of full res files, its a bandwidth problem)
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thatsnoordinaryrabbit Regular Member • Posts: 371
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

I don't see this as a "hands down" win for Oly. To my eye, the D3 has done a slightly better job with detail in the low contrast areas of the shot, e.g. the red fabric on the far right of the wheel. Originally I thought this might have been a focus issue, but the blue fabric above and pink fabric below seem to be in good focus, so AFAICS this comparison favours the D3. It's very close, though. Also remember this was a low ISO shot in good light. There will be no comparison between these two cameras at higher ISO.

In any case, this does prove you don't get a lot more IQ for the extra $4k.
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Topher5 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Silly may I ask how?

Here is a controlled environment shot.

Silly only if you bought a Nikon D3.
Which I almost did, I love my E3 though.

No disrespect intended.

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Topher5 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Simply look at the text on the circular scale to the upper right and see who's better.

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duckling Senior Member • Posts: 1,765
Oh No...

This thread will be a magnet for trolls.
More to the point, those samples prove absolutely nothing.
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Topher5 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Full frame disadvantage shots I see be careful how you use your D3.

I understand.

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Re: Oh No...

@Duckling: Maybe the OP meant to say that Olympus has come a long way to match a D3 FullFrame output, or at least is almost there with the big boys?

The E-P1 is really becoming an eye opener to what current technology can produce.

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Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Topher5 wrote:

Silly may I ask how?

Here is a controlled environment shot.

Silly only if you bought a Nikon D3.
Which I almost did, I love my E3 though.

No disrespect intended.

Who buys a D3 just to shoot it at ISO 100?

rssarma Veteran Member • Posts: 6,400
John...

jkrumm wrote:

100 iso? Couldn't read the exif on the Nikon image for iso, but that's what the EP1 image is. The Nikon blew some highlights, which is strange for a studio shot (sloppy, maybe).

The EP1 looks good, but I don't think these types of comparisons show anything. Seems a little silly.

I don't consider this comparison silly at all, what it proves is that the E-P1 is a very viable alternative to DSLRs and is capable of delivering the IQ professionals demand, but in a very small package. If I were a D3 owner, I'd definitely sit up and take notice as I'm pretty sure many a D3 owner would love to have a smaller camera that delivers stellar IQ (similar to the D3) without the bulk and weight.

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rssarma Veteran Member • Posts: 6,400
Why??

duckling wrote:

This thread will be a magnet for trolls.
More to the point, those samples prove absolutely nothing.

...do you think they prove nothing??

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jkrumm Veteran Member • Posts: 9,125
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

Silly because we know the D3 takes great photos, and has been reviewed as doing such by testers all over the world, including DPR. And silly because this is iso 100, and most cameras look good at iso 100. Finally, I find these types of shots to be fairly meaningless for making fine distinctions that actually matter when it comes to shooting in the real world. If the shot shows some huge difference, maybe it will help. But if things are close, then lens choice, processing, and photographer skill are what matters by a long shot.

Just over a year ago we were all staring at the slightly soft paper clips in the similar DPR shots produced by the E3, 420 and 520, and judging by some of the astonishing photos I've seen produced by those cameras it just hasn't mattered. So the paper clips are now a little more clear, that's progress, but it's not astonishing.

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Re: Oh No...

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chuckielpn Senior Member • Posts: 1,594
Re: EP-1 Versus Nikon D3 be prepared to be Astonished!!! Warning Lrg Images!

i thought the whole point was that for a P&S as a backup to the big boys, it ain't bad....

no one's going to say that the e-p1 is going to replace the big boys (d700, d3, 5d2, etc), but as a lightweight little backup, or a lightweight casual camera to walk around with, it ain't bad.....

which means for a guy like me, i'll be leaving the bigger camera home a whole lot more....

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