$10,000 Camera VS $100 Camera

Featured Friday, 26 May 2017 16:10

Which image did you choose??

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  • Comment Link Andrew Whitcombe Friday, 26 May 2017 17:08 posted by Andrew Whitcombe

    Interesting exercise comparing high-end setup with low-end. I guessed the one on the right was the Zeiss lens but hard to say which photo I preferred. Thanks.

  • Comment Link Laurens Friday, 26 May 2017 18:16 posted by Laurens

    Nice video. But the bigger question is..... was it the camera, or the lens. Would the Zeiss lens on the D200 and the D5 with the cheap lens give the same result, but the other was around?

  • Comment Link Maryin Friday, 26 May 2017 19:03 posted by Maryin

    I also preferd the image on the left because of the better whit balance, not surpricingly if it had been fixed in post as I learned later on in the video...
    I think it should have been left unprocessed to make a fair comparison.

  • Comment Link Darrel Willman Friday, 26 May 2017 20:19 posted by Darrel Willman

    Matt I love the way your Facebook post dropped here with the video! You have a fantastic site, I must work on mine! Whoever's doing it for you is good. BTW, I correctly identified the Otus, what a lens :)

  • Comment Link Perry Friday, 26 May 2017 21:58 posted by Perry

    I picked the shot on the left. But was disappointed when I learned that there was some post processing done.

  • Comment Link Larissa Friday, 26 May 2017 22:30 posted by Larissa

    I picked the image on the right... liked the DOF better and it looked cleaner.
    The question posed about whether the lens had an impact more than the camera is a good point.
    Great experiment Mat

  • Comment Link Jack Friday, 26 May 2017 23:53 posted by Jack

    i chose the one on the right because it looked clearer

  • Comment Link Rob Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:22 posted by Rob

    I think it would be the printer. A high end printer will take full advantage of details with a higher dynamic range camera, but with an average printer you may see a slight difference in image detail

  • Comment Link Tim Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:28 posted by Tim

    You had a 50mm lens on the D200 and a 55mm lens on the D5. The D200 has a DX sensor, whereas the D5 is an FX camera. As a result, the model's features were slightly distorted in the D5 photo compared to the D200 pic. Might this be the reason for the preference shown for the D200 photo?

  • Comment Link Antony Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:51 posted by Antony

    Many thanks that was interesting and fun to watch. I did own the D200 many moons ago and it is a really good camera. Since then I have had the D3s and now I use the D810.
    To me the D810 has more velvety look and feel. Would a customer see the difference ? Probably not as most people are not camera buffs, and from my observations they are caught up in the emotion / ego / how good they look or dont.
    From a users perspective having a better tool and by that I mean. Focus accuracy, white balance, iso range etc, can make the job easier and the hit rate higher.

  • Comment Link Capt Andy Saturday, 27 May 2017 21:53 posted by Capt Andy


  • Comment Link John Saturday, 03 June 2017 22:07 posted by John

    i gave my D200 to my 10year old Daughter , it still produces good pics.

  • Comment Link Jerryll Ninan Saturday, 17 June 2017 08:59 posted by Jerryll Ninan

    Respected Sir,
    I am a big fan of your work. I have not been able to purchase your guides since i was a student and wasn't earning, but i try and apply the tips that you provide in your videos. I do not have an elaborate set of gear but only a sony alpha 37 camera with a kit 18-55 lens and a prime 50 lens. I was hoping that you could provide me an opportunity to work with you, where i would learn this art much better. I have a sample of my work with the link provided below. I have the vision and an eye for beauty, please respond to this plea.


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