Thursday, February 25, 2010

365/56 Catchlights/5

My new camera finally arrived! There's so much improvement in so many areas, you can definitely tell the difference between the E-500 and the E-3, and not just the obvious stuff on the outside. The image quality is day and night, and the E-3 has a very usable ISO range. It's no Nikon D700 by any means, when it comes to ISO, but it's still great!

(That said, unless you enjoy shooting in pitch black, or you do weddings in dark churches where strobes aren't allowed, I see absolutely no reason to use any ISO over 1600, no matter how good a camera might be. The dynamic range of any camera is so limited at ISOs over 1600, that it's really for emergencies only, or if you have some Photoshop skills and know how to avoid blown highlights and clipped shadows in darker situations)

Here's my first photo with the E-3:

Lens and camera settings:
50mm f/2.0 @ f/2.0, 1/100sec and ISO 800. Yes, that's after I just complained about the dynamic range at high ISO. You will notice a small but visible hot spot on her nose. This would not have happened at ISO 100.

Lexi Catchlight E-3

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