[EDIT] Movie is up!
[Edit 2008 | 1 | 23 – Now I look at these shots and I can clearly see that with todays software (both SPP 2.3 and RD 1.72) I could make better developments. So if you happen to download these are RAW – don’t be surprised if they look better! :D /Edit]
I went to Denmark yesterday invited by the Danish photographer Alroe to record my third “review” of the SD14. This time in his studio. It will take a couple of days to finish the movie but until then I want you to see some of the resulting images that came out and in full size and possibly soon as downloadable RAW files. (depends if you’re able to use a decent raw converter. ;)
I must say that I’m very happy and very satisfied with the result of our shoot. mr Alroe is using a Canon 5D with L lenses and that made this shoot a little more interesting. Now, we don’t want you to kill your eyes with pixel peeping so we didn’t take “exactly” the same shots, maybe next time. I’ve heard that Sigma SD14 images are too sharp and might hurt your eyes.
Last in this article you can read some more about my inital 5D feelings. I was using the latest firmware 1.01 for my SD14 and it’s a GREAT update. Colors of the LCD is now very nice and speed is also improved. It’s overall a better feeling doing photography with it. Many of these studio shots are shot at ISO200 BY MISTAKE! But, Bo also did on his 5D so for the sake of review it’s a good thing. But I’m sure result would be even more impressive using ISO100. Now over to some of my images.
One more thing. Lenses used was 30mm, 28mm, 70-200 and 50mm Sigma EX lenses. My ABSOLUTE favorite in the studio was the 28mm, it just nailed focus all the time and it’s very “correct”.
Now, you wonder, how do you like the 5D? Well, in short. It’s a nice camera that feels a big clumsy and not as easy to operate. The viewfinder is just ENORMOUS! Oh, how much I envy that one. The LCD on the 5D isn’t good at all, not showing anything useful really. You need to open the photo in the computer or read the histogram to really know anything.
Image quality? It’s lots and lots of detail on the 5D’s images. BUT you need to be quite aggressive with sharpening in order to get anything sharp (for a Sigma user at least) and things start to look digital when making bigger.. When it comes to colors I’m puzzled. It really really looks like canon has a “skin tone detector” that tries to make every skin look the same or at least pleasing. It has some reddish / magenta feeling. Linn has yellowish tone compared to me, it’s more obvious if you see us together but the Canon do NOT tell the true story.
Shutter. hehe. The 5D has a cool shutter sound that probably is from the 70’s. The Sigma is whispering beside it. In a church I would be almost afraid of using the 5D, I was with my SD9/10.
AF and buffer is much better on the 5D, not sure about AF accuracy (Alroe did get some “off focus shots” and so did I), but speed. It would be nice to have bigger buffer on the SD14. Sigma Listen! BUT at NO time during our session I had full buffer or even close. Mostly due to the fact that flashes can’t recharge and that you rarely take more than 4-5 shots in fast succession. It’s another story outdoors where bigger buffer is more important.I know that Alroe will show some of his images over at the dpreview Canon forum (some really nice ones of Linn) and I’m sure you will be impressed by the quality. But my own feeling is still there:
I’m using film, he’s using a digital camera.
Alroes post at dpreview Canon forum
Alroes flickr page with 5D images from this shoot
My post at the Sigma dpreview Forum
Sigma RAW package-download
Mike Chaney’s SD14 vs 5D resolution comparison (a bit technical)