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04-20-2008, 01:44 AM   #1
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One day last week I spent the night in my truck parked alongside the museum of maritime science in Tokyo. The Japanese Ministry of Fisheries keeps a couple of their patrol vessels tied up there and about 3:30 in the morning I hauled out my tripod, K100D, and a Yashica Electro 35 GS.



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I'd say the winner is clear...
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I wouldn't. I really ought to redo it with the same lens on both a digital and a film body.
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Soooo...how many whale carcasses can they hold?

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Soooo...how many whale carcasses can they hold?
Not being whaling ships, I would guess "zero".
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You didn't mention which brand and ASA of film you used. Do you recall the shutter opening for both images? I think the digital image is sharper, however, since I wasn't there can't comment on the colour reproduction as to which one is more 'natural'. The film shot is definitely warmer than the digital image. I haven't done a lot of night shooting with either film or digital so it's hard to comment constructively.
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I used Centuria 200 color film and also had the K100D set for ISO200. The Yashica Electro 35 is aperture-priority and there is no way of setting or knowing the shutter speed, other than an indication it is either over or under 1/30. I believe the exposure was probably about 3 seconds, which is comparable to what the K100D was doing.

I shot the digital photo in RAW and adjusted the white balance from the original which more closely resembled the film image. I also did considerably more post-processing to the digital image than to the film image.

Then there are differences such as the K100D using TTL metering and the YE35 using a body-mounted meter working with batteries it was never intended to use, and only a 5 blade aperture.

I have to go back and try this through my ME sometime.
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Nice scene, now you have to set the color balance in your K100D for daylight in order to compare to the film.
film doesn't autoWB and there seems to be a mix of incadescent and neons.... tricky!

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Interesting, I'd like to see more comparisons like this. With the K10D and K20D, and lenses of similar quality on both film and digital.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
I used Centuria 200 color film and also had the K100D set for ISO200. The Yashica Electro 35 is aperture-priority and there is no way of setting or knowing the shutter speed, other than an indication it is either over or under 1/30. I believe the exposure was probably about 3 seconds, which is comparable to what the K100D was doing.
Mike, I'll bet bet you also needed a little more exposure with the YE. IIRC, Konica color films start needing extra exposure below about 1 sec.
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