What is the range in stops for a digital?

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  1. zedin

    zedin TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    So I am getting used to my new d70s and I was wondering. What is the range in stop from pure black to pure white for the sensor? Used to comming from slide film so tend to think in a 6-ish stop range. But anyone know if digital is larger or smaller in its range?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Each camera/sensor/software is different...but from what I've read, a typical DSLR should have a latitude that is wider than slide film but not as wide as negative print film.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    Intuitively I'm setting for 5-6 stops... pretty much zone system

    +2 gives you white, -2 gives you dark gray, but you actually need SOME info to print it with... so I never underexpose blacks by more than 3 stops because you just get too much noise

    Mileage may vary. I'm using 300D
     

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