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Canon users, how much do you value Dynamic Range?

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Nov 11, 2013 15:22 |  #1

With Nikon and Sony releasing cameras equipped with remarkable sensors and Canon clearly playing catch up, I wonder if most of you values dynamic range. I personally do not being a portrait photographer, it's nice to have but with what I shoot, this is rarely an issue. I don't really deal with extreme situations where details in highlights or shadows needs to be pushed or pulled a great deal, I expose to my liking and make subtle adjustments via post.

But, sometimes, I do wonder what impact having a great dynamic range would have. Obviously, a sensor doesn't make a camera, there are so many features that's much useful to photographers, but in this case, how much do you find a need for a better dyanmic range?

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Nov 11, 2013 15:28 |  #2

Dynamic range is a massive help with landscape photography.

I feel it's a very big deal that canon are falling behind. That said... I know canon will catch up.

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Nov 11, 2013 15:36 |  #3

Its also help to most genres of photography, especially when banding pops up in the shadows at iso 100. Whats sad is Canon seems to have the most trouble with this amongst all digital camera makers currently.

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Nov 11, 2013 15:39 |  #4

Most of the time-overrated.

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Nov 11, 2013 15:40 |  #5

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Most of the time-overrated.

Please explain? Thanks.

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Nov 11, 2013 15:47 |  #6

I value it with my landscape work. However, most of the time when the scene requires more dynamic range than the 5D3 can handle, it also requires more than the Sony sensor can handle as well, so I'd be stuck bracketing/filtering anyways.

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Nov 11, 2013 16:09 as a reply to  @ tagnal's post |  #7

As a previous Canon system owner, I can tell you that this has totally changed the way I shoot things. With Canon, even when shooting RAW, I'm always scared with chroma noise and banding. Now I have so much leeway in retaining details in highlights and shadows and any luminance noise looks pretty excellent. Nikon has provided their customers a great deal of options when processing their files. I still have mad love for Canon lenses though :cool:

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Nov 11, 2013 18:16 |  #8

If dynamic range were wide enough in the sensor, features in post processing like HDR are totally unnecessary for the most part, and we could have high dynamic range even in action shots (unlike HDR which is virtually useless where scene changes between successive shots occurs).

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Nov 11, 2013 23:14 |  #9

MOST of the time I don't think about DR for what I shoot...but I've found that it is one of those things that when you don't have it and need it, you realize how behind Canon is in that department. The banding is real. Pull up shadows and there it is in all it's stripped glory.
I've rented an EM5 and the files from that Sony made sensor showed me a thing or two LOL. I don't shoot a lot of things where I need a bunch of DR, but that great shot that got underexposed because I tried to grab it before the flash recycled makes me sad because I pull it up and it falls apart :'(
But like I said, most of the time I'm fine with what Canon does. Would be a great bonus if they packed more of the sticky DR goodness in. Plus I like the menus, ergonomics, and colors of Canon way more than Nikon or Sony. But the A7 is calling my name! ;)

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Nov 11, 2013 23:19 |  #10

I value it enough that I'm planning on picking up an A7R. (external link)"Vacuous images for the Vapid consumer"
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Nov 11, 2013 23:28 |  #11

I think it's of significant value. If I hadn't purchased my 6D already - I would also be considering the A7R.

I think Wilt has a great point too. Ultra wide dynamic range could open up a whole new type of photography. It wouldn't surprise me if it's the next game changer.

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Nov 11, 2013 23:28 |  #12

I value DR, but I find the conversation way overblown. Is more DR better? Of course it is no question, but where I come from, you "run what you brung".

If you want what the competition has, then you go buy it instead of complaining to those who are trying to get the most out of what they have.

I've met a ton of SoNikon shooters in my travels and surprisingly, the landscape shooters I've met don't leave their filters at home, even with the great DR of the Sony sensors. Having said that, I'll probably be getting an a7r to compliment my Canon gear, not replace it....

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Nov 11, 2013 23:55 |  #13

I'd love more DR. But a LOT more, not just the couple of EV difference we see now. Wouldn't mind if someone made a FF with about 3 stops more ISO too. We'll see, just give them time...

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Nov 12, 2013 00:13 |  #14

I value DR for the landscapes/nature studies I do. As said above, even in images where DR is not needed it is an advantage because it means less noise in the shadows. I am currently achieving greater DR by using the Magic Lantern firmware hack's Dual ISO.

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Nov 12, 2013 00:14 |  #15

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Most of the time-overrated.

I also kind of agree with this. From the raws I've played with, nikon raws definitely kick ass............... but, I really dont pull shadows that hard, or even a meaningful amount that would hurt a photo. If DR is way off, then I'll HDR. From my understanding, 12ev vs 14ev is not really that much, 1ev both ends, which wont make or break a photo WHEN and IF only WHEN it's used.

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