I'm sure the question came up before at some point. What is the exposure latitude of the D1 series (I expect the D100 to be similar). From what I understand it is closer to slide film than to print film. But is it even less than slide film – let's say Fuji Velvia? Does anybody have any practical experience?
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While I can't give you a comparison to film I did once experiment with the dynamic range of the D1 in RAW mode where you get access to the full 12-bit dynamic range of the CCD. IIRC the results were something like 2 stops overexposure and 3 stops underexposure - digital cameras in general are far less tolerant of over- than underexposure.
Now, if I could just find the photos I could show you....
I was completely unaware of those windmills that are just visible on the horizon when I took the shot - they're several miles away - and I was very surprised to find that the D1 had picked them out of the haze.
Yes, but it's not as controllable in the sense that the camera determines how the 12-bit data from the CCD gets mapped down to the 8-bit values in a JPEG. When I process NEF files using QImage I output to 16-bit TIFFs and process them in Photoshop where I can use levels and/or curves to best preserve details: this can make it possible to save detail that would otherwise be lost in blown out highlights or shadows.