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| p.3 #15 · Re-assessing the D800 sensor as a Canon alternative |
Maybe all you smart guys can help me with my reasoning. I'm fine with clipping some shadows some of the time. Of course it depends on the image. But no clipped shadows ever is, to my eye, unnatural.
And I thought I understood this about contrast: if you have recorded it, and want to make it more apparent, that means you are going to have to spread some values in the regions where you want to see more. In turn, that means one of three things. 1) You might spread the values in one part of the continuum and close them in another, resulting in lost detail there, or 2) You might spread the values where you want to see more, and move the others away from there, towards the shadows or highlights, potentially moving the ones at the end of the line into clipped shadows or clipped highlights, thus losing them altogether, but not discarding other detail along the way, or 3) Your image might have some empty spots along the way that the moved values could fill into, and that might let you increase your contrast where you want to, and not lose anything else as a result. That third option is okay, but seems to presume a sub-optimal original exposure.
With that for context, I will leave it to your smartness to grasp, presumably instantly, why that context might have implications for how you use the D800/D800e, and why there might be reasons, besides minimizing noise, why you might want to expose to the right.
1. That doesn't make the D800 sensor worse since you could always just develop as you would with a 5D3 and if that is all you ever want then maybe its not worth it for you although....
2. If you do more careful tone mapping you can save shadows and retain better contrast, many people dont bother to flip the middle contrast around, which is quick and easy to do in just seconds, or to do trickier multi-part tone mapping where you spread out various areas and retain nicer contrast at many different levels. If you do that perhaps you would get something out of it AND like it. If you still don't like that then yeah the 5D3 sensor is plenty good enough and since it has better liveview and more FF fps and such it's probably the better cam for you (unless you need reach from the D800 MP count). Or if you shoot scenes that never need it or where it makes it look worse 99% of the time 5D3 all the way too.