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Re: [PanoToolsNG] D300 MLU/AEB

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  • Roger D. Williams
    On Thu, 09 Apr 2009 21:27:37 +0900, Keith Martin ... That s very interesting, thanks for the URL. Although I use DX0 I hadn t found my way
    Message 1 of 22 , Apr 9, 2009
      On Thu, 09 Apr 2009 21:27:37 +0900, Keith Martin <keith@...>

      > Sometime around 8/4/09 (at 10:44 +0100) Keith Martin said:
      >> Ignoring factors such as resolution, etc., what dSLRs
      >> are there that match or beat the S5Pro's dynamic range?
      > Answering my own question:
      > http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/eng/Image-Quality-Database

      That's very interesting, thanks for the URL. Although I use DX0 I
      hadn't found my way to that resource.

      > It seems that until you go past ISO 800 there's still nothing that
      > quite matches the Fuji S5Pro's dynamic range. The Canon 5D MkII is
      > actually a bit so-so in this area, and even the Nikon D3 and D3x fall
      > short, especially in the 400-800 ISO range. Curious that the S5Pro
      > drops below the Canon and both Nikons when it hits the ISO 1600 range
      > and higher.

      Owning or having owned the D200/D300 and S5 I was interested to
      be able to compare them. I generally found my own subjective
      judgements to be reflected in the DX0 graphs, although the D200
      and D300 appear closer to each other than they seem to me. I can
      no longer compare them, though, as I traded in the D200 for the

      > To be fair, there's a *lot* more to things than just dynamic range...
      > but even so, and even though I knew the S5Pro was good in this area,
      > this was a surprise.

      My own conclusion using the D200 was that I shouldn't use ISO
      400. The S5 is usable at 800. That makes about two stops gain,
      which with my shaky hands (and no vibration-canceling lenses) is
      very useful. This was based on a subjective judgement of
      digital noise.

      The value given by DX0 for the gain in dynamic range is "only"
      about one-and-a-half stops, and I make it closer to four, but
      I am definitely pushing it (bringing down highlights--which it
      supports VERY well) and boosting shadows (until noise gets too
      obtrusive). The lower and generally nicer noise helps with the

      The S5, at three years old, is definitely a generation behind
      the competition in various usability criteria, but for panorama
      taking it still can't be beat! I wonder if they will produce
      an S7?

      I also like the S5's colour rendering, although the D300 is no
      slouch. <g>

      Roger W.

      Work: www.adex-japan.com
      Play: www.usefilm.com/member/roger
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