Others and I have said that digital sensors have problems with reds. I think the D700 may have fixed this issue ( maybe the D3 and D3x as well). Attached are two shots taken today at the Arkansas Historic Museum. The weather was cold (chill factor 33 degrees) and it was overcast. What do you think of these reds? FYI, they also printed well on an Epson R800.
Sat 28-Mar-09 07:07 PM | edited Sat 28-Mar-09 07:09 PM by coreyography
They look good to me, though I can't judge accuracy for certain since I wasn't there.
The D700 to me has the most faithful color reproduction of any digital camera I've ever used. The only issue I've had color-wise with it so far is that its auto-WB gets fooled pretty routinely by fluorescent lighting (maybe because the color spectrum has changed on them to suit the eco-public that is snapping them up as incandescent replacements). But a flip of the thumbwheel to the Fluorescent preset fixes that.
The Red's look too orange to me - this is what I see with my D200 unless I calibrate the RAW converter camera profile using the 24 patch color checker and then the Red's look RED. I am talking about NEF files processed with Photoshop CS4 Adobe Camera RAW using the new Adobe Camera profiles and the DNG profile editor to calibrate the camera.
They look orange to me also on a calibrated monitor except for some of hte stripes in the blanket lower left in first image. MY D700 reproduces reds just fine but I use RAW and process in NX2 not Photoshop.
The original looks about right on my monitor at home and seemed to print correctly. I use CS4. The point of my original post was that the D700 does a better job with reds than my previous DSLRs. I didn't mean to suggest it's 100% perfect however.
Hedley Originally from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales -- now in Arkansas
These images were shot with a D200 and the NEF file was processed using Photoshop CS4 ACR 5.3 using the Camera Standard profile and Camera Standard profile calibrated using the 24 patch color checker and the Adobe DNG profile editor. The difference in the images is due to changing the camera profile from Standard to Standard_Claibrated. The biggest difference is in the red and blue.
The chief difference between those two images is that the red is clipped in the top image. Calibration my help in this situation but you must also have a proper exposure to start with (which you did here).