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12 vs 14bit D700 - Can you see the difference?

LMMiller9

Potomac, US
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LMMiller9 Silver Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2005
Sat 02-Aug-08 12:37 AM

When I got my D300 and had to choose between shooting in 12 or 14bit I did a series of comparative shots to see if I could see the difference. I know that there is a theoretical difference. But, photographs are about "seeing" and if you can't see the difference, why use up 25% of your storage space for nothing?

So, now with the D700, and with the theory that the FX sensor provides better color rendition per pixel, I am wondering if I can see a difference between 12 and 14 bit. By the way, I got a 16gig Extreme III card today and it gives just over 800 shots (or that is what is says) in 12bit mode, and 600 shots in 14bit mode.

I did a couple of test shots and, again, I am having trouble seeing the difference. See http://www.pbase.com/lmmiller9/d700300_comparisons.

Has anyone else done their own comparisons in any other lighting conditions, or colors, and been able to actually see a difference? If so, under what conditions? Have you decided to shoot in 12 or 14bit and why?

Larry Miller, Potomac, MD
DF/D810
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