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better …

better results at my daughter’s dance performance last night. better with the 5D compared to G10 just a few months ago. surprising? not really!

and not only the results – 5d is more responsive, quicker to focus, meter correctly, and to get the next frame. but i already knew all of this.

i guess i just needed some time out with the g10 to better appreciate what the 5d can deliver. so back to being a sherpa…  or maybe the Olympus Pen E-P1 …

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my most important 2008 insight

for me 2008 is ending with a blast! camera technology has advanced beyond anything imaginable just a decade ago and this year’s end has introduced me to a point and shoot capable of almost anything my 5d system can do. ‘almost’. definitely not everything. but it fits in the palm of my hand and i find that amazing!

 

Sony F828

Sony F828

 

Canon 5D

Canon 5D

for years i’ve been following the web, reading camera reviews, comparisons, technical specifications, downloading sample images and most important, reading comments written by real users. in the digital age i have owned at least 7 cameras, three of them “prosumers” and two dslrs. i realise that’s not a whole lot, but, i do have some experience. i can’t deny i am effected by trends, by what i read on the internet, by a desire to own the next best camera, the one that boasts one more feature i don’t yet have … and every time it’s a short nirvana until the next thing …

Canon 20D

Canon 20D

 

Sony F828

Sony F828

aren’t we forgetting the goal? the equipment should only be a means, not the goal itself. aren’t we in it to make beautiful, exciting, moving photos? when you look at a great frame what’s more important, megapixels or composition? film, digital or light? sure, there are minimal technical requirements but almost all modern cameras today can deliver that minimum, both p&s and dslrs. when you look at a great frame do you feel it is great because of  high iso performance, lcd screen quality, file writing speed or megapixels? can you tell what the sensor size was?

 

Canon 20D

Canon 20D

 

Canon 20D

Canon 20D

to make a great frame what it takes is a strong composition, control or consciousness of light, intimacy with your subject, passion, creativity, your heart and a lot of luck. i want to make viewers of my photos feel – that can’t be accomplished with an f number!

Canon 20D

Canon 20D

 

Sony F717

Sony F717

what’s the point of all this rambling? am i trying to convince myself? maybe. but to summarise my photographic 2008 i think this is the most important insight i have achieved and i look forward to putting it to practice in 2009, hopefully creating beautiful moving images with the g10.

 

Canon 5D

Canon 5D

 

something you might want to look at 

a great 2009 to us all!

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defining acceptable noise levels

after about a week now with the canon g10 one of the obvious issues is noise. i knew it would be an issue. i wasn’t surprised. but i just didn’t remember what the noise reduction post-proccesing in p&s cameras was like. it reminds me of the days with the sony 828, the 717 and the p5 before that. recent years with dslr have spoiled me.

and it’s not that dslrs don’t produce noise – they do! even the 5d at iso 1600  or 3200 does. but the noise in the dslr images cleanly melts away with noise reduction post-proccesing, almost without leaving a mark. with the g10 it’s more of an effort, once again.

today i read something that makes me rethink my definition of acceptable noise levels. ziv koren (line of firevisa) , a photographer and instructor i greatly admire, and a canon ambassador, recently published his review of the new canon 5d mii on the canon professional network site.  viewing the images embedded in the review i feel the noise screams out of the photos. it’s very evident in the first photo in the purple sky, in the distant mountains and in the dark foreground at the bottom.  it’ also very evident in the other photos when you click on them to enlarge. it’s almost the first thing i see in the photos!

on one hand, these were shot at very high iso speeds (25,600). but on the other hand they’re only web-sized! and i am sure they were edited and post-processed either by ziv or by canon before being displayed on their site. i put so much effort into winter moonlight  just so the noise would not be as evident as it is in ziv’s 5d mii photos. before rethinking the definition of acceptable noise i would not have dared to display a shot with as much noise as ziv’s photos on this blog, on my site or anywhere else. 

and now? i don’t know! with dslrs aspiring higher and higher in terms of iso speed are we psychologically more willing to accept the noise that come with it just because these are high iso, expensive, dslrs? then how about equivalent noise levels with the g10 at iso800 or above? quoting ziv: “I can’t say that the pictures were clean from noise, but they’re usable“.

what are acceptable noise levels today? what is usable?

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it’s almost there

and for most part of the week i fantasized that it was!

a compact rangefinder style digital camera with almost 15M pixels that shoots incredible raw images! the canon g10!

michael reichman wrote about ited taylor wrote about it, its received the most clicks of all cameras on dpreview in the last five days!

it’s almost there … almost a 390 gram replacement for my 10 kilogram camera bag … almost … except for the noise above iso200. what a shame! i truely would sell off my whole canon system for a really good ‘compact’. i’m just beginning to cook my next documentary project and a small, unnoticed, camera would be perfect for shy subjects – for getting up close without a huge camera between myself and the subjects. but, and it’s a big ‘but’, i will absolutely need excellent performance in high iso. 

 

Canon 5D ISO1600 f/8 1/25 EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM @ 28mm

Canon 5D ISO1600 f/8 1/25 EF24-105mm f/4 IS USM @ 28mm

 

 

so my dear 5d, our love-hate relationship continues! but maybe only until the next one.

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