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RAW file by Canon, Nikon, Fuji all equal?
Old 01-17-2008, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me out please. If an image is captured in RAW and processed I would think that you could dial in any attributes that you personally like with ANY pro camera system. Correct?

I have a photographer friend that loves, make that LOVESFuji S5 cameras and is of the opinion that images captured with any other system just can't compare. Actually he says other cameras don't even come close to the images HE gets with his S5. Am I wrong in thinking that a Nikon RAW image could easily be processed to look almost exactly like a Fuji RAW processed image? (Assuming proper exposure, WB, etc) Or is the Fuji sensor really that unique?
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Re: RAW file by Canon, Nikon, Fuji all equal?
Old 01-17-2008, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my view, any well exposed and white balanced RAW image from a high end dSLR can create a great image and in a blind test, no one would be able to determine which camera made the image. So if we took the exact same shot with each major camera mentioned, and then had an expert Photoshop person process and produce a final image from each and then we ask 2500 people to pick the best, it is unlikely they would be able to even decide which was best. They might say they were all the same. But for those who did choose, it would probably come out with about the same number choosing the resulting image from each camera.

But that does not mean all RAW images are equal. Each company has their own unique way of creating the RAW data because they have different sensor technology to work with.
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Re: RAW file by Canon, Nikon, Fuji all equal?
Old 01-21-2008, 01:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'll bet your friend probably does a lot of people pictures...

The Fuji's have a reputation for excellent skin tones. But it's really a matter of personal preference. I shoot with an S2 and probably will buy as S5 when I come up with a rational reason for another camera. I don't need to take 9 shots a second so I don't "need" a Canon and I have an investment in Nikon glass. I shoot people pictures almost exclusively.

Let's be realistic. At this point, most high end cameras are delivering excellent images. And with PS manipulation, it'd be impossible to tell what camera shot what based on web or print images. So it's personal preference and what you believe of the manufacturer's advertising. Canon is number one because Canon advertised a lot more than the others and turned out a wide variety of cameras, although Nikon seems to be making an effort these days...
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Re: RAW file by Canon, Nikon, Fuji all equal?
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Correct, he is a Wedding photographer and swears that he can tell a difference between RAW files from Nikon and Fuji.

I suspect that paying a premium for the S5 is having a bit of influence.
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Re: RAW file by Canon, Nikon, Fuji all equal?
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His conclusion is not really a function of the file format -- it's everything else!

I've seen tests that suggest the Fuji sensor has a slight tonal range advantage. More latitude allows for less precision in the capture; you can "nail" more shots exposure-wise. That's important in an environment like wedding photography, where a lot of your work is shooting candids in a changing environment.

If you shoot the exact same scene (cropped in the viewfinders to match) with a small-sensor camera (like the S5) and a full frame camera , the small sensor will have a greater depth of field and therefore, when the subject has depth, the small sensor camera results in a sharper image. This too is important when you're shooting things like groups of people.

These are just two ways the physical aspects of the camera sensor could result in an improved image (assuming you want more sharpness and latitude). Neither has a thing to do with the RAW file format -- but you'd see the difference in using the RAW files.

But then, I think you're right Jonesey --I want to feel good about what I've bought too!
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