Different Cameras For Indoor, Outdoor and Events

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  1. LarissaPhotography

    LarissaPhotography TPF Noob!

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    We use a camera for all our in-studio pictures and different cameras for outdoor and event photography. How many different cameras does everyone keep on hand for different types of photography?
     
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    I doubt that unless you are a professional, that many here have different cameras for different kinds of photography.

    Basically, there are just 2 groups anyway:

    - Slow Cameras with VERY high resolution for static pics like portraiture, landscapes, etc...

    - Fast cameras with VERY low noise at high ISO for anything involving low light and motion like churches or sports.

    What else is there for the professional?

    For me personally, I don't blow up my prints into 36 X 24 inches, so big MP cameras are useless... however, my photography takes me into poorly lit locations where movement or motion are a major factor, so for me, my D700 is literally the best camera made IN THE WORLD for my needs. If someone asked me for a listing of what the SINGLE PERFECT camera would be, 99% of that list would be in the spec sheet of the D700. Besides, even at 12MP, I can do 16 X 20 pics without concern and that is about 2 times as big as the biggest picture I even plan to print out.
     
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    What Jerry stated already, but let me add this. I think there is something to be said for a MF (be it film or digital) for portraits and landscapes. Some people really do want 20X30 or larger prints of their wedding formals....
     
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    There is a lot to be said for MF... I just totally forgot about it, sorry. :lmao:
    They definitely fall into the Slow Camera grouping.
     
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    Very true. Slowwwww...
     
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    I have a friend who has access to a Canon iPF 8100 who has been bugging me to send him a file or two to print large. So I sent him a couple of JPEGS from my 40D ( 10.1 MP sensor)

    He printed them out at 36x52. You have to get about 2 inches from them to see any pixelation. He sent me the prints and they are just awesome. I find it hard to believe anyone can have a problem printing out 20 x 36 with a sensor of at least 8MP.
     
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    I shot an image last year with my old D40(6.1megapixals) and printed it to 20X30 with very little, if any pixelation.
     
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    I like 5Ds for everything. They rock at ISO 100 and ISO 3200. I rarely choose to use any other camera these days. I have a G7 for when I need pocketability, and sometimes I use a 20D for family snaps just because the files size is smaller, or as a beater camera. But most of the time I'll choose the 5D.

    When I shot film I had cameras that I thought were better for one task over another, but DSLRs are jack-of-all-trade cameras. Occasionally I read folks griping about all the extra features they don't need. That's the point of the modern, small format SLR: the manufacturers try to make it to suit as many photographers in one package as possible.
     
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    One of the prints was of this Labrador and the only place you could see pixelation was in the eyes

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm very excited to now have cameras that can be dedicated to certain tasks– I did have a 20D and 1Dm2n, with the addition of the 5Dm2 I dedicate the 1D to sports/rugged applications and the 5D to studio and low light work.
     
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    One day I am going to have something huge printed out just becuase... lol.

    Personally, I feel that if you can see pixelation from 2 inches away, you should be able to see it from 4 feet away too. Also, the acceptable amount of pixelation is different for different people.
     
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    I was about to write that for me 20"x30" is pushing the limits from my 20D ( 8mp APS ). Then I went and got a 20"x30" test print I still had laying around. Admittedly it's from ISO 100 and shot on a tripod, but I'm not seeing anything I would call pixels, noise, grain, or artifacts with my eyeball pressed right up against it. It's clean and sharp. Now I'm thinking this might be able to go even bigger.

    I noticed Mpix's max size recently went up to 24"x36". :) $50 a pop :( It always takes me a test print or 2 to get it nailed down for prints bigger than 16"x24".
     

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