WHICH COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA IS THE BEST - WHAT IS THE BEST GAME CAMERA.
Here's a bit of new year fun. About a year ago, we set up an experiment which, due to busy diaries and inefficiency, it's taken a year to get out to the wide world. On our annual Umm boys Isle Of Wight Xmas photo day in December 2008, we decided on the spur of the moment to test a Ricoh GR1S 35mm film compact camera (with Velvia 50) against the latest Ricoh digital GR digital (the non zoom version). So, on the tripod they both went in the same location with the closest composition we could manage (it's not perfect but you get the idea). Round 1 is for you to look at the pics on flickr and tell me what you think. What are your observations? Which do you like the best? You can do some pixel peeping of you really want. Round 2 - available only those in the pub with me in a couple of weeks time, will run the prints against each other (we'll let you know how it turns out). For those wishing to understand the technical stuff, it's as close as I could reaonably make it and I know it's far from a perfect comparison. Velvia was scanned at 4800dpi on a decent Minolta multipro scanner. Digi pic is from a DNG file, at ISO80, f6.7. Both have had a basic level of post production - auto levels, a slight curve on everything, then a bit more on the sky and cliffs to bring down the brightness. Both sharpened a small amount (and the same amount). Both then reduced to around 1500 pixels on the wide side, and saved for web in CS2. Think that's it. Which is which? Is the digi better thean the film version? Thoughts? Happy new year to all!Compact vs SLR, Part 2
A friend of mine asked me earlier today about the difference in depth of field (DoF) between a budget digital SLR & a digital compact camera. The "received wisdom" in photographic circles is that you can't match the DoF of a dSLR with a compact due to the small size of the sensor on the compact & the corresponding small optics. I had no idea what that meant in practice - could a good compact be good enough ? And how good a job could you do with an 'out of the box' kit lens on the dSLR? In the second part, I've optimised to what I think is the best I can manage in terms of reducing the depth-of-focus for the compact (the dSLR image is the same), by moving closer to the subject & zooming out a little & getting close to the minimum focus distance for the compact. I've also gone to the maximum aperture for this camera, a not too shabby f2.8. Because the camera is closer & a wider zoom setting selected, the perspective is exaggerated, making C2PO look further away - he's in exactly the same position as in the other photos. He's a little more out of focus, but it still isn't anywhere close to the dSLR, which could go out to f3.5 from the f5.6 this was taken at (would have involved zooming out & cropping, as the maximum aperture is different at different zoom ranges on this cheap lens).
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