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According to theSuede here, The Sony RX-1 is really only about 10.8 bits. Apparently the difference between that and 14 bits is insignificant, visually.
Somewhere else recently, I read, I think again from theSuede, that 10 bits seems to be a kind of 'tipping' point.
Ryan - great set and the first one in particular is excellent! Who says you must have AF to photograph active kids?
Michael - like the last one.
Did an event at the local university and got to hang out in the faculty club afterwards. Unfortunately they closed at 8pm and I couldn't wait longer for the outside exposure value to drop more to better match that of the interior. I had to dig the foreground out of the shadows instead.
M9 & 50 Lux ASPH:
A few shots from the event... nothing fancy or special, other than I was once again really impressed by the 21 SEM. Images have a great sharpness and roundness at the same time. If I was shooting with my Canon 16-35 I'd be bothered by how soft it gets towards the edges. No such concern with the SEM. It just looks natural. It's also reasonably flare resistant with strong light sources in the frame.
For example, here's the venue and set-up (21 Lux wide open):
This is a difficult venue to light. Long, narrow, non-neutral color scheme (not ideal for bouncing light off walls/ceiling), few good spots for light stands without also being tripping hazards, and very few power outlets. I set up a couple Elinchrom Quadra packs and heads in 86" Paul Buff PLM soft silver umbrellas. This gave a rather tight ~30 degree light spread, but worked well here to shoot the light down the hall. On 13' light stands, this tight beam also served to shoot much of the light over and just feathering enough on those positioned nearby so that near-to-far light falloff was only around 1.5 stops, or so. Because I wasn't just after the podium shot and needed to get a lot of candids, I set up a third light at the opposite end in a 64" soft silver PLM for cross lighting to allow me more options when not shooting with the main lights. But it was also inevitable the lights would get in some of the shots. At its peak, the event was well attended, which meant lots of fairly tight clusters of people, with tables and chairs in the way, which made the 21 pretty invaluable...
Here's shooting down the hall with the light from the main lights and the third light in the background. The SEM handled the strong backlighting really nicely...
And just a few more examples with the SEM:
Looking at the 21 Lux shot, available light would have been an option at times, and I did in fact shoot some with the Canon and 70-200 for tight shots, but the light quality and intensity was quite variable and I really prefer shooting with strobes for the much better color quality and greater consistency in post (which saves some time too).
Anyway, kind of boring stuff - guys in suits - but at the same time was a fun event with interesting people (not uncommon in a university environment). It pays the bills and is an excuse to use the M9 some more.