Earlier this week my new hardware arrived, and I’ve been testing my new camera partly to see what it and the new lenses are capable of, and partly to get used to how the buttons and menu items have changed so that I can quickly change settings on the fly.
I now have a full frame sensor, and while I don’t want to bore you with all of the technical details, a full frame sensor allows for more low light sensitivity with less digital noise, as well as a greater dynamic range – the ability to capture more shadow detail at the same time as more highlight detail. Both of these factors were key in my decision to go for a full frame sensor.
So I’ve spent a little time playing around and just snapping pictures – don’t expect great works of art here, my intention was to test the camera and see what it and the lenses were capable by taking a number of photos under different circumstances, rather than making art.
With that in mind I set out taking photographs around the house during the day and at night (to test the high ISO settings). I’m impressed by the depth of field of my main lens at f4 – its almost equivalent to the depth of field of my older camera and lens at f2.8. The first four photographs illustrate that depth of field, as well as the clear tonal range. The photograph of the baseball also pleases me with the detail seen in the stitching on the ball with a 1:1 crop.
On the lens’ macro setting, the raspberry and ripening blueberries in the garden are rich and detailed. And even in full, harsh sunlight the tonal range is superb.
Finally, at about 1am, I went out onto the balcony and set the camera to ISO 25600, the highest native ISO, although this can be pushed to 102400 with internal software settings. Under obscured moonlight I was able to take photographs hand-held at 1/15s, and the camera autofocused in the moonlight as well. Consider me impressed.
This new camera will expand my ability to take great quality photographs under low light at events and concerts. The great depth of field and tonal range will help create beautiful portraits and the high quality of the close-ups will make product photography even better. And that’s not even to mention my fine art work. I’m really looking forward to getting out and working more with my new hardware. I’ll be sure to share the results with you all.