Sunday, October 21, 2012

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The Big Switch: Nikon D800 Image Quality

D800 with AF-S 16-35mm f/4G VR zoom at 24mm, ISO 100, f/11 at 20 seconds  (original)

As many of you already know, back in July of this year I bought a complete Nikon system built around their superb new D800 body. I had been shooting with Canon DSLRs since 2004, so this really is a BIG switch. Much of my Canon gear has already been sold. I had written a fairly long article about my Nikon switch back in August already but I was never quite happy with what I wrote so it never got posted to this blog. I went through two more revisions and again, I was never quite happy.

So... I have decided to start fresh and this is a complete rewrite. In addition, now that I have been using the system for nearly four months, I have a bit more experience to draw on, over 7000 frames worth. For the images in this article, clicking on them will open a larger version. Also, each image has EXIF data and a link below which you can click to see the original, converted with my default Lightroom settings, in other words, how it looked "out of camera" prior to adjustment. The "original" versions may have some slight cropping, straightening or perspective correction applied to match the adjusted version in order to make it easier to compare them and see just how much the final image has been manipulated from a contrast and colour standpoint. For the complete article, containing many sample images, read on...

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Micro-4/3 Presentation

Busy, busy, busy! First posting in a long time. Need to write up on my big Canon to Nikon switch (a D800 system) and I have lots of images I've shot on the new Nikon, but in the meantime here is an image gallery of Micro-4/3 shots that I've put together. These are random samples of work I have done over the last two years with Micro-4/3 gear and are images that I'll be showing at a presentation on Micro-4/3 cameras this evening for the Burnaby Photographic Society. The above image was shot with the Panasonic GX1 from outside, through glass, with the 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens, then perspective corrected in Adobe Lightroom.

Gallery: Micro-4/3 Presentation Samples