View Full Version : Spectators: "Ah! 12.7 Megapixels!"

Ger Bee
June 10th, 2006, 10:22 AM
Thatís what Iím greeted with from enthusiastic spectators, eager to show their photo equipment recognition knowledge.

Sadly, at many sporting events, they are disappointed when I point pout itís the 1D, 4.1MBs.

Ha ha, they donít believe you anyway! Neither do many believe that I use a 350D as well ~ where appropriate.

Michael Tapes
June 11th, 2006, 05:10 AM
I would much rather see a 350D in the hands of a real phpotographer, than a 1DsMkII in the hands of a wanna be :>)

June 11th, 2006, 10:06 AM
I just make up a number at random. If someone says "No, the specs say..." I tell them I've modified the sensor chip. Either they believe me or think I'm an idiot depending on their own knowledge but they do go away.

Daniel Harrison
June 11th, 2006, 07:42 PM
He He, Yes. I have a 1D and people see this big honking piece of metal with a huge lens hagning off the end and they are impressed. Then they ask how many MP... then they are bewildered. 4 you only have FOUR!!! :-)

I am going to get a 350D as a second body but out of interest when you compare image quality what are your impressions

Ger Bee
June 13th, 2006, 06:24 AM
The actual image quality is pretty good from the 350D. I bought it for its superior tungsten balance for recital concert photography where quietness is important.

I did a few RAW night-time scenes and IMO the image quality is better than a similar shot I have from the 1DMKII ~ but I have not done any side by side testing.

Where the 350D is weak IMO is in people photography and especially with flash, it goes all too digital too quickly and shows its lack of dynamic range in JPEG recording.

I can do a nice enough job on sunny days with people and its own flash as fill and itís a topper with available light / window style lighting indoors. I canít use it for event style photography and as I donít have to, have not explored how to get this aspect right.

I am going to get a 350D as a second body but out of interest when you compare image quality what are your impressions

Daniel Harrison
June 13th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Thanks, interesting thoughts. I think I will get one :-)

Don Lashier
June 13th, 2006, 04:33 PM
> Then they ask how many MP...

I'm still shooting a 1D also and when they ask this question I take the opportunity to educate them about how it's the quality of the pixels not the quantity. Frankly 4.1 quality mps are more than enough for the work I do aside from the occasional desire to crop severely, and I don't really look forward to the workflow and storage demands of tripling the mps for little or no benefit. About the only thing that tempts me to upgrade is improved high ISO performance.

- DL

Daniel Harrison
June 13th, 2006, 08:29 PM
Your right about 4mp - it does go a long way for most work. Plenty of res for your average wedding. But I agree, I would like better high ISO performance. But looking back on my work it is not to bad, ISO 800 is quite good.