Friday, April 10, 2009

A Closer Look: D3X and 4 x 5




Chris Klug posted a response to my previous blog post regarding my comparison between a Nikon D3X and a 4 x 5 view camera. He asked if I could post some larger versions, so to the best of my ability here they are: cropped sections from files to make 16 x 20 and 20 x 24 equivalent prints, and a 100% crop from the file for a 20 x 24 inch print. Keep in mind that these files are at 72 dpi for the web. If you want to know camera is which "A" or "B", read my comment to my own post here.

One other thing I should mention that I forgot to mention in my previous post, the second set of images of the ice covered pond was taken with my 270 mm lens on my 4 x 5 and on Michael's camera the lens was set to 70 mm.

6 comments:

Gary Nylander said...

16 x 20 print: "A" is the 4 x 5 and "B" is the D3X

20 x 24 print: "A" is D3X and "B" is the 4 x 5

100% crop: "A" is the 4 x 5 and "B" is the D3X

Chris Klug said...

Wonderful, rich images either way, but impressive that the Nikon can hang in there.

Gary Nylander said...

Yes I was really amazed by the results, especially with the prints its really hard to tell.....

Mark said...

Very interesting comparisons. I guess on first look the MF samples look sharper and more detailed to me, but I am wondering if it is more a function of the increased contrast.

I would guess if the D3X files were processed a bit more they would be nearly identical. As much as I would like to play with one myself, I am afraid the expense will have me holding out for its little cousin whenever it comes due.

Gary Nylander said...

Hi Mark,

I thought it was a fun comparison to do, I'm sure that one could squeeze a bit more detail out of the D3X files.....I will have to hold out too before I buy a D3X, unless I win the lottery !

Gary

Kwon Ekstrom said...

Nice comparison, enjoyed reading it. Although myself and everyone I showed the pictures to could pick out the Tachihara images quite easily.

It's obvious to me which is which, the Tachihara has much better depth of field. While the D3x maintains a better balance between highlights and shadows.