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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Your opinion on Nikon / Canon colour
I don't want to beat on a dead horse but this is something that I've been trying to work around for a while and I'd like to get your input on it.
I've always had Nikon, since the D70s, the most recent one being the D610. I choose them because they felt better in my hand, had a great flash system, better controls and menus. I even ended up working as a rep for a while so I could use D810's, D4s's, D750's and lots of pro lens.
I was able to use a 5D MkII quite a bit in school back when it was new in 2010 or so. Obviously the image quality was far better than the D90 I had at the time but I attributed it to being far more expensive, full frame and the fact that I had access to better lens for it. I still preferred the handling of the Nikon though.
Since then I shot with a D90 and then a D610 and even though it was better than the D90 I still had to mess around with colour in skin tones.
In my current job I have access to a large selection of lens for both systems and D800, D810, 5DMkII, 5DMkIII, 5Ds, 1Dx and 1DsMkIII.
As it isn't really in demand anymore I often borrow the 1DsMkIII and the raw's coming out of it in Lightroom with the standard profile and AWB are just so much better than the ones from the D610 and D800/810. Same thing for the MkII and III.
Although it shows its age in usage ( worse ergonomics than any Nikon, even D800's with grip, focus in low light, max iso 1600, lower sync speed, fuzzy screen, much grainier at high iso ), with decent light the colours are just so much more pleasing.
Yes, the files are fragile if you're coming from a D800, much less latitude for exposure, noisier, lower resolution, but the colours are much better. Especially with the "faithful" profile.
I've done side by side comparisons and it's visible, even when using a colour checker to match white balance.
Both Lr and Capture One show the Nikons consistently more saturated and with an orange cast that is not fixed with white balance alone. Even with HSL I'm having a really hard time matching the skin tones.
Am I imagining this or has anyone else had the same experience ? Were you able to match the colours ? I prefer everything about the Nikons in use but when you load the raw files up it's such a difference.