I've read the manual, I've had a play but I'm completely oblivious to how it all works. I hate to admit it but I'm more a hands on kind of person. I need to be shown with explanation and am hoping one of you guys might be able to explain it better. I would love to understand in what context you would use it, and why. I guess I could go over the manual a few more times and play a lot more but I thought it would be just as easy to hear it from a 2nd person who uses it.
Anyone kind enough to help me out ?
#1. "RE: Film Simulation Modes..." | In response to Reply # 0cheuwi Registered since 09th Nov 2005Mon 12-May-08 10:58 AM
I am not an expert by any means but my personal experience is that the F1's are generally softer - I guess they are going for the smooth skin effects. F1c has a little more vibrant colour to it than F1a or b. However, F1a or b has more dynamic range - i.e. not as easy to blow out or lose contrast... like white gown and black tuxedo side by side under daylight.
F2 is a high contrast going for the drastic but un-natural velvia look. Don't use it for people as it will have a strange colour effect on their faces.
Personally, I don't use the film simulation that much as I tend to shot RAW and then play with them in either LR or Hyper-utility 3 later on.
If I have to use Film Sim, I usually have to tweak it more within the mode to boost up the colour and sharpening - I like them that way myself. Some people will leave it as is for the portrait effect though... you really have to play with it to see what works for you.
Hope this help.
#2. "RE: Film Simulation Modes..." | In response to Reply # 1Mon 12-May-08 11:17 AM
Thank you so much Cheuwi
This is exactly what I wanted. Now, I understand why I just didn't get it. I use RAW also, and I love how I can just download and tweak to my liking without too much effort and then go with that. The ones I had attempted wasn't as easily to my liking and I gave up as quick as I started!
I do like the sound of Velvia look for my landscape work however. Might give that a go next when I'm out on the road!
Cheers mate, you've been a great help!
#3. "RE: Film Simulation Modes..." | In response to Reply # 0
I primarily shoot JPEGs (at the highest image quality setting) because I do not have the time or the desire to individually tweak images. The standard film simulation mode does such a good job for me that it is my default setting.
I have experimented with the other film simulation modes and have found two of them very useful.
When I shoot subjects (people or inanimate objects) using diffused light from electronic flash units, I prefer the F1 mode.
When I shoot scenic and architectural subjects (especially bold colors in low contrast lighting situations) I prefer the F2 mode.
The next time I shoot a fashion show, I will once again experiment with the F1a, F1b, and F1c modes to see if they do a better job of capturing the texture and color of fabric under various lighting conditions.
#4. "RE: Film Simulation Modes.)" | In response to Reply # 3Mon 12-May-08 08:54 PM | edited Mon 12-May-08 08:55 PM by tinkerbell
Narsuitus - thank you for taking the time to reply. I knew there would be good cause to have this function on the camera, why else have it!
I think I'd better go back and look again with these in mind. As I said previously I think that the F2 will work well for me, but I certainly need to reconsider the others!
Will love to hear how you went with the F1a, 1b and 1c modes!