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Thanks Edward! Very nice series of images. Again, the last one in particular looks like it was shot on transparency film!
The great thing about the 21 is I can crop it to taste. Framing is not usually that critical for this kind of work. I think the ones I posted here were all uncropped, but in the final edit, there were many images where I cropped the 21 to probably closer to 28 and the 28 to 35, and the 50 to 75... At least for this kind of work, where the client is not expecting 20" print resolution, 18MP offers a good file size to support such cropping. I don't really miss not having the zooms I would otherwise have used on my DSLR prior to the M9.
I also had to do an impromptu group photo with about 30 people during this event... I shot it with the 21 SEM. The final crop is probably closer to about 24mm, but what I want to mention is with the lighting I had set up, the exposure on the M9 was f/4.5 @ ISO 640 and the shot was sharp across the frame. Granted, I could have shot it on the DSLR at ISO 1600 and got closer to f/8, but even at f/8, there would have been noticeable sharpness falloff towards the edges. In the past I always felt the 16-35 was a pretty significant compromise for such a shot, but now I can confidently do such a shot at a moderate aperture value and not need to worry about across frame sharpness. While that's not to say other WA primes for DLSRs couldn't also do this, such as perhaps the ZE/ZF 21/2.8... for me at least, it's great to have this fabulous sharpness in such a compact package.
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.
Not at all, Ron, that is awesome post. the results are very professional. I enjoy the photos very much. Lighting setup is field I know nothing, I am sure I will revisit your thread to pay more attention to your description again.
I am surprised to hear that about less than 11 bit dynamic range with Sony sensor. I get the impression from DXO rating that DR is more than that. I have good understanding about fundamental of this SNR, DR thing since a lot of them are related to my field but I think there must be fundamental difference...Show more →
Well, I also don't know! I can only assume theSuede is correct since he seems to have a reputable following here... But then I've also read this blog post by Jim Kasson, who concludes the RX1 is 13 bit... So who to believe?
My impression is it's not as important as many make it out to be. Is it visually noticeable? Probably not. I can recall a long-running discussion on the Canon board about whether or not 14 bits was a noticeable improvement over 12. There are probably many other factors in the imaging chain that have a greater influence over final image quality.
Having used the RX1 for about a week and a few hundred images, its image quality sure seemed impressive to me.
Having played around with M files from others, my gut feeling is the M sits somewhere between the RX1 and the M9 in terms of file malleability. Probably closer to the RX1. But what I've also found, when examining M9 and M files shot side by side, is it's pretty easy to match the two quite closely.
Earlier in the day last week on Good Friday - Grand Bend at Lake Huron:
M9 vs. Google Nexus 4 (FWIW, the Nexus's camera flares badly when shot into the sun like this):