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Tariq Gibran wrote:
It was an image from Steve Huff's review of the RX1r which I first commented on a while back as having harsh transitions and a steeper contrast than what I am used to out of the RX1. Here was the post midway down the page:
I have noticed it in other RX1r images as well though, pretty much exactly what you are saying above. You might be able to tame the contrast with more underexposure to protect the highlights and then bring the shadows up a bit in raw conversion.
Thanks for the link, interesting observations! I thought there's something wrong with me in the past few days, because I usually could do a lot of tonal adjustments but the files from RX1R (especially at Base ISO) break down in highlight areas much faster than other "inferior" cameras that I currently, which I thought was odd.
My guess is, the removal of AA filter may have enhanced "micro-contrast" but it also takes away processing latitude?! Or maybe for cameras without AA filters, the processing pipeline has to be different/tweaked, and I just haven't mastered it yet?
I have started shooting yesterday (before I read the report) with -0.3EV to compensate but it still doesn't seem to be enough, so I'll try -0.7 today (at the expense of shadow noise). I wonder if this translates to the "-0.7EV" DR deficiency that DXO mentioned.