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10-28-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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RAW on different bodies question

Hi all,

Hopefully some die-hard RAW shooters could enlighten me. Since RAW images must be processed to look however you like it to be, does the body really affects the outcome (K10d, K-x, K-7, ... Pentax, Cannon, Nikon, ...)? If yes, then how much? Let's assume that the image is taken with the same glass, same ISO (200), same condition, on tripod, and we are using the same RAW converter.

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10-28-2010, 10:17 AM   #2
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Yes - the body means the sensor. The RAW file is essentially a 'dump' of the sensor readout. If you have a crap sensor with poor resolution, lousy colour depth and no dynamic range, no amount of RAW file processing or top-notch lenses etc will help you.

Browse dxomark.com to see exactly how much difference the camera body/sensor makes to image quality.
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I checked the site out (doesn't DXO is also an image software much like LR?). Although I can see that there are differences in each sensor, but they are not huge enough. With how easy and amazing PP software now a day, I assume that would even the sensor dump (remember I'm talking about a controlled environment shooting here).

I remember a video of some photographer using enough lighting and PP to make pictures from an iPhone looking pretty amazing. Certainly that could be done with something more advance (Km or Kx). If such good result could be done in a control environment, I wonder why studio shooters chase after the most expensive camera instead of having something inexpensive (relatively) like a K-x sitting in the studio at all time. But then again, I'm not a pro photographer so my point of view about it might be naive.
10-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #4
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one thing to remember is that usually when importing RAW the default import settings are those of your camera for JPEG.

SO aside form different sensors and resolution noise etc, yes evenbodies of the same model will have an influence on the initial import settings

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