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When I first got my 5d2 I compared mRAW to RAW and decided I liked the noise characteristics of the mRAW a lot more. Tighter grain, etc. Reading your post prompted me to compare mRAW to RAW again on my new 5d3 and I found just the opposite. Tighter grain and a lot more detail. Check out the up arrows on the cardboard Amazon box, the size on the shoe box, and the size on the plastic tupperware. I think I'll probably just leave the camera on regular RAW from now on.
I should note that these are ISO 25,600, f/2.8, 16-35mm II, at 35mm. I'm downsampling the regular RAW to the mRAW size. I added zero sharpening and NR in post.
I've been down the sRAW path before, when the 5D2 was new and I thought I wouldn't need 21Mp files for event work and that this approach would let me shoot at higher ISO speeds as Arun Gupta suggests.
I have regretted shooting this in every project I have used it with (in particular for Microsoft shoot where I captured an image of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett that was published across two pages in Fortune magazine).
Beyond the fact that you are throwing away sensor data and resolution, you also lose the ability for other RAW converters to work at their...Show more →
Edited on Jul 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM · View previous versions