HI Guys, Just took my brand new D4 on a trip with 28-300mm as travel lens. Pretty much all of the images seemed dull and flat and required significant enhancement using DxO or other S/W. This in comparison to my D800 where very little PP was required. Am I missing something obvious in the setup of my D4. Thanks in advance Ian
Wed 02-Oct-13 11:02 AM | edited Wed 02-Oct-13 11:05 AM by walkerr
I don't see any difference in color or contrast between my D4 and D800e - they're extremely similar. While my 28-300mm isn't my best lens, it's fine and again, the results seem pretty similar to other lenses overall. Any chance the differences are in white balance settings or an unintentional use of ADL, which might throw off normal processing in DxO? Did you make enough shots in different enough lighting conditions so that the lackluster results aren't just due to mediocre light (which happens to all of us at times)?
Hi Rick, thanks for the response. I will try and post a sample a little later of the "dullness" I am experiencing ( my internet is like a snail at the moment) and maybe you can tell me if I am being too picky Cheers Ian
Hi Ned, first let me say how much I enjoyed looking at your galleries, some wonderful photo's there gives me something to aspire to
I seem to have trouble posting images to this forum don't know why? But there is a definite "dullness" experienced on the d4 vs the D800, IanI have come across an article or two that makes reference to this although I must add that I really enjoy the lens as a walkabout and travel lens especially when carrying more than one lens is not an option.
When I have problems with my results 110% of the time I am the problem not the gear so I will press on regardless(or is it rewardles?)
I have been playing around with my D4 images and various editors, Lightroom 5,Elements, DxO , NX2 and ACDC Pro3. I am embarrassed to say that I have concluded that the main "problem" with the images that troubled me was that many of them were shot high in the mountains of China and there was a great deal of Haze/Mist around. When playing around with various PP applications I began to realize that the images were a true representation of the surroundings and in fact the amount of detail and sharpness I have been able to bring out is actually quite impressive. Insofar as my comparison with the D800 is concerned I was also not taking into account that the last set I took with it were in sunny Sydney Australia and then Indonesia and the lighting and environment totally different. As is most often the case my problems arise as a result of inexperience and what I suspect is a pea sized brain. Having said that there is a noticeable difference between the output of the two cameras but not necessarily something to be viewed as negative and I am sure there a subtle differences between most models. I am once again smiling and enjoying my newest toy. Thank you very much for you interest and support and once again let say how much I enjoy your work which gives me a sense of what is achievable and encourages me to keep on trying. Cheers Ian
One more confession to make, I took both cameras into the garden today and took some images with what I thought were the same settings. Lo and behold looking at the screen on both camera's the D4 seemed dull and dark. I began to despair but then in a flash of inspiration possibly from a higher power I looked at the screen settings on both and found that the D800 was set much brighter than the D4. I changed the setting and lo and behold the on screen images were almost identical .
I share this moment of stupidity with you guys in the hope that some other poor soul struggling with disappointment and feelings of inadequacy may learn from my mistakes. Perhaps down the line I may be able to write a book called idiots guide to the D4 written by, and not for, an idiot lol.
Ian, I recently shot a hot air balloon festival with my D4, using the 28-300 lens. I was quite pleased with the results. Take a look at the photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/grx2qdeyxr18ydm/gHlIcI0fZ3 to compare the results of the same camera/lens that you used.