Compared to... (RAW)

Studio scene comparison (as previous pages)

Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c (ISO 160) vs. Canon EOS-1Ds (ISO 160)

This comparison as per the first comparison page (both cameras at ISO 160) however we shot these images in RAW mode and converted them using the supplied RAW conversion software (you may well get better results using third party applications such as Adobe Camera RAW or Phase One's Capture One Pro). (There aren't enough hours in the day or pages available in this review to explore every possible combination of RAW and RAW converters).

Crops are taken from a TIFF output by the RAW converter, linked images are these TIFF's saved as high quality JPEG from Adobe Photoshop CS.

Camera settings:

  • Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority,
    ISO 160, RAW, Manual WB, Mirror Lock-up self-timer, Kodak DCS Photo Desk 4.0
  • Canon EOS-1Ds: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority,
    ISO 160, RAW, Manual WB, Shp+2, Mirror Lock-up self-timer, Canon EOS Viewer Utility 1.0
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c (RAW) Canon EOS-1Ds (RAW)
ISO 160, 0.8 sec, F11 ISO 160, 0.5 sec, F11
3,919 KB JPEG (4500 x 3000) 3,301 KB (4064 x 2704)

As noted on the first page of this comparison the SLR/c's converted RAW image doesn't suffer from the green color cast seen on the JPEG image. Otherwise detail levels, moiré artifacts and noise reduction intervention is about the same. For me despite the SLR/c's extra pixels the EOS-1Ds delivers a better 'overall image' thanks to its mostly hands-off approach to image processing, no noise reduction and almost undetectable moiré.