Cloudy skies, with three different cameras

Discussion in 'Color' started by Chris2500dk, May 7, 2012.

  1. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I've always had a thing for clouds and taking pictures of them.
    Today on the drive home from work I noticed that the sky had just the right kind of clouds so I decided to take the same shot with three different cameras and see what I could do with Lightroom 4.

    Foveon clouds really impress me, they look fantastic and it's easy to process the image to get good results, but I wanted to see if my D5100 could at least give it a run for it's money and I wanted to see how far away the LX5 was.

    What do you think?

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    Clouds_SigmaDP1 by ChristianHass, on Flickr

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    Clouds_NikonD5100 by ChristianHass, on Flickr

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    Clouds_PanasonicLX5 by ChristianHass, on Flickr
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  2. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    chris - the lighting within clouds can change so quickly - in a few seconds - I could not decide which is which, or which one is better than the other, especially when looked at on a laptop screen
  3. Country Parson

    Country Parson SC Top Veteran

    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    I see not significant difference at screen resolutions. What did you conclude from the originals?
  4. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
  5. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    The LX5 loses detail at higher resolution which isn't surprising really, the D5100 and DP1 are very close and I think it's more down to processing than anything else.
    Also, the DP1 lens is a lot sharper than the 18-200VR I had on the D5100 so if Nikon (or anyone else) could be bothered to make a good wide prime for DX it'd be nice :)

    What I need to do is find out if there is any notable difference at the size I normally print (30x40cm), sometimes the gearhead in me takes over and I get stuck at "but the D5100 looks better at 100% pixel view!" when the LX5 might be good enough for the application.
  6. janicejones452

    janicejones452 New to SC

    May 7, 2012
    Brewton, AL 36426
    Cloudy Sky

    Honestly, I can't notice the difference... Maybe in more critical eyes of photographers, they might notice. What can I say is that I love the photos.
  7. I'm more attrcted to the D5100 shot, there seems to be more detail in the clouds, the other two have some blown highlights which the D5100 does not seem to have. But overall there's very little difference looking at them on a computer screen.
  8. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I got the prints today, 30x45 cm (around 12"x18").

    Viewed at "normal distance" the difference is very small, but when you get closer you can see noise in the LX5 image both in the blue sky and especially in the dark parts of the clouds.

    The D5100 shot has the least noise overall, but I still think the DP1 cloud details look finer. A lot of this is probably due to the lens.
    There's very little in it between the DP1 and D5100 which I find very impressive for a 6 year old camera, even if the shot is of a subject the DP1 should be good at.

    It certainly was a fun little experiment to run, who said GAS was all bad? Without GAS I wouldn't have all these cameras to compare :)
  9. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    The D5100 gives the better image here in my eyes, except for the rather massive purple fringing which is the 18-200's fault (see the top left part). The LX5 is the worse for me.
  10. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    I like the D5100's the best. But I'm pleasantly surprised at how good the LX5 also looks, although at a web sized photo.
  11. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Yeah all look fine, pretty impressed with the LX5 compared with the Sigma. I guess the prints show a different story.
  12. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Here's a "100%" crop. I resized the LX5 and D5100 shots to DP1 resolution to get them equally sized. It shows about the same difference as can be seen on the print when you get really close.

  13. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    If by normal you mean viewing the prints at roughly the diagonal, then I am actually impressed by the LX5! IMHO the technology has gotten so very very good that we are only really going to be able to see the benefits of larger sensors in the extremes. Extreme ISO, Brightness Range, Large Print Size or Cropping.