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D700 Vs D300 Reach Examples

nrothschild

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nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Thu 01-Apr-10 11:48 AM | edited Thu 01-Apr-10 02:35 PM by nrothschild

We've just gone through Yet Another Reach Thread and, as usual, we've all thrown in our 2 cents or pence. I have never seen any serious attempt to illustrate the reach issue with real world images. I see precious few comparisons of any kind of DX vs FX images in reasonably controlled conditions.

As I may have mentioned in that thread, I actually had the motive and opportunity to try to do that recently, mainly because after putting 35K images on my D300 and 16K images on my D700 I'm still in the undecided camp (there are not many in my camp, just pick a tent).

The 4 images below were selected from a series of about 170 images as I shot like crazy and swapped bodies back and forth a couple of times. I had the unusual situation of finding myself in very nice late day light with suitable subjects but I've shot those subjects many times before so I "wasted" some nice light doing this experiment. The set contains a number of nice aperture bracket runs.

I selected these images after a quick review because I thought they best represented what the cameras and I could do on that particular day.

The images below are straight out of the camera, 100% crops of the original out of camera images EXCEPT that I reduced the sharpening on one set so they both used stock Nikon STANDARD picture control settings (sharpening = 3).

The Heron represents what I consider one extreme, which is where the subject fills the frame on a DX sensor and comfortably fills the frame on FX such that I could shoot with either without much issue.

The duck represents the other extreme where heroic cropping measures are required and realistically the subject is too tiny to render a truly outstanding image. It was fortuitous and very convenient that these two birds, representing those two extremes, were just sitting there in front of me.

I also make available to whoever is interested the 4 NEF files here for your pixel peeping pleasure . I encourage you to download these images and play with them, doing whatever you would do if you had shot these images, and particularly whatever you would do to salvage those duck images. I did not want to interject my own PP bias; that is for you to do and then assess the results.

As always your comments and assessments will be appreciated!

Edit: Please feel free to process and print these images in order to help evaluate them since that is arguably the best approach

D300 500/4 AFS TC14E-II
ISO 320 F/6.3 1/400s

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D700 500/4 AFS TC14E-II
ISO 500 F/8 1/400s
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D300 500/4 AFS TC14E-II
ISO 320 F/6.3 1/400s
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D700 500/4 AFS TC14E-II
ISO 500 F/8 1/400s
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