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D7000 pixel peeping

MotoMannequin

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Sat 23-Jun-12 06:10 PM

I was working on an image today from a shoot last fall. This is from the famous Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma, named for its uniquely colored red volcanic soils.

We always hear about how difficult it is to resolve the tiny pixels on today's cameras, and how pixel peeping at 100% reveals flaws that are only relevant to billboard-sized prints, etc.

Anyway, I typically sharpen at 50% view, and then review my sharpening at 100%. None of this is probably relevant to the web-sized images we share here, but I find it can be useful for prints. For this particular image, the pixel level detail I found to be quite amazing, so I thought I'd share the image and a couple 100% crops.

The first is the entire image as composed and downsampled for the web. The latter two are crops from the image to a size allowable by the board, but with no interpolation, so these are actual pixels. This is the equivalent of making a 70"x45" print and pressing your nose against it.

Pretty nice showing for the D7000 IMHO despite its tiny pixels!

D7000 + Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 OS HSM
50mm f/8 1/80" ISO 100
tripod/MLU/OS off/contrast detect AF using LiveView

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billD80

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#1. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 0

billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007
Sat 23-Jun-12 04:31 PM

WOW! Great Composition to begin with, but also, what an excellent and informative post.

Really shows what our D7000's are capable of...

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richardd300

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#2. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 1

richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 23-Jun-12 06:40 PM

Very impressive, great post.

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MotoMannequin

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MotoMannequin Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 11th Jan 2006
Mon 25-Jun-12 04:02 PM

Thanks Bill & Richard for the comments!

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Vlad_IT

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011
Wed 27-Jun-12 03:15 AM

Great Images! i LOVE MY d7000 MORE AND MORE, BUT i'm officially going D800E
Best regards,
Vlad

Omaha

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Omaha Registered since 07th Jan 2012
Wed 27-Jun-12 11:37 AM

Those shots are stunning. The level of detail makes them seem almost three dimensional.

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kentak

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kentak Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2010
Wed 27-Jun-12 08:27 PM

I would say "Wow," but I think the D800 crowd has trademarked that expression.

Great color and detail. Nice shot.

Kent

MotoMannequin

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MotoMannequin Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 11th Jan 2006
Fri 29-Jun-12 10:31 PM

thanks Vlad, Jeff, & Kent!

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rlecocq

Winnipeg, CA
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#8. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 7

rlecocq Registered since 14th Jan 2008
Fri 29-Jun-12 11:00 PM

That Sigma 17-50mm looks to be no shouch either.


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JohnE Nikon

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#9. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 8

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Mon 02-Jul-12 05:42 PM

I was thinking the same thing. How are your results with this lens at 2.8?

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MotoMannequin

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MotoMannequin Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Registered since 11th Jan 2006
Tue 03-Jul-12 03:29 PM

Robert and John, I agree this lens is fantastic and a great buy for the money. I put some f/2.8 sample shots in this thread, although the intention was to judge the out-of-focus areas (bokeh) so I didn't put a lot of effort into achieving absolute sharpness (hand-held, sloppy AF, etc.):
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=157&topic_id=41466&mesg_id=41466&page=

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JohnE Nikon

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#11. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 10

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Tue 03-Jul-12 05:46 PM

Larry,
Thanks for sharing.
If I decide to stay with DX, I will really give sigma a chance.

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PAStime

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#12. "RE: D7000 pixel peeping" | In response to Reply # 0

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Wed 04-Jul-12 11:15 PM

Great looking crops. Thanks for sharing these, Peter

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