#6. "RE: D7000 vs D700 vs D3x" In response to In response to 0 Fri 04-Feb-11 11:50 PM by dm1dave
This is kind of a poor subject for making this kind of comparison. As stated above all three are soft and lack contrast.
“These were taken under different lighting conditions. All three cameras were set to matrix metering, focused on infinity, WB auto, sharpness normal.”
There are many variables that can affect a distant subject especially if the lighting is not consistent. Haze, air pollution and other environmental conditions can make a huge difference in the perceived sharpness of distant objects.
To do a decent comparison you have to eliminate as many variables as possible.
Shoot a closer, well defined subject such as the license tag on a car at 100 feet.
Use a tripod. (VR OFF)
Shoot all of your test images at the same time so that the light is consistant.
Use live view to confirm focus before shooting.
Set exposure manually and use the same settings (shutter speed, Aperture and ISO) for each camera.
Set White Ballence to Sunny or other appropriate setting. (just don’t use Auto WB)
Shoot a series of 3-5 shots per camera and choose the best image from each camera.
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