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Canon 1D Mark III vs Canon SX110, Continued

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Well, this is the long-delayed next part of my ongoing comparison between the Canon 1D Mark III and the Canon SX110. For those of you wondering why in the hell I am even trying to compare one of Canon’s premier digital SLR cameras versus one of their budget point-and-shooters, check out this posting in which I try to explain some of the insanity.

Can you tell the difference between output from the two cameras? (Comparison gallery is posted after the ‘read more’ button)

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February 17th, 2009 at 9:01 am

Canon 1D Mk.III Versus Canon SX110

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The Two Contestants

This will be a bit of an ongoing comparison between one of Canon’s pro-level cameras (the 1D) and a convenient point-and-shoot camera that was purchased on a binge at a bankruptcy sale of a large retailer- the Canon SX110.

This is not meant to be a joke. It’s part of my way to try and be a better all-around photographer and get used to equipment from both professional and casual shooter territory. I’ll be posting more of these types of comparisons as time permits. It’s actually rather fun and isn’t meant to be a put down for the more expensive camera- and definitely not a situation where a rinkydink point-and-shoot is being fed to a tiger den.

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November 11th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Pixel Peeping Absurdity – Brand vs. Brand Color Rendition

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The Mona Lisa

I’m generally for the practice of pixel peeping, as long as it is done in moderation. In case you don’t know what pixel peeping entails, it’s real simple and roughly goes along these steps:

  1. Get two or more cameras that you want to compare. Let’s use one that you love, and one that you hate.
  2. Pick a subject to photograph, preferably a still life or something that won’t move much or change colors between shots.
  3. Set one camera up on a tripod, and take a shot.
  4. Set up the other camera to replace the first, using the same settings, and take a shot.
  5. Load the images from both cameras to your computer.
  6. Zoom into one section with high detail and compare the hell out of both images side by side.
  7. Linger around at step 6 or repeat EVERYTHING until you feel that the camera you love and always wanted to ‘win’ all along gets better results than the other one that you hate.

Okay, i’m being a bit sarcastic. But seriously, this is how pixel peeping usually ends up happening.

It’s not that pixel peeping isn’t without its merits, but if you have taken more pictures of $20 bills taped to a wall compared with actually interesting subject matter, you have chosen the wrong hobby. Perhaps chainsaw juggling would be a more suitable endeavor instead.

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November 10th, 2008 at 6:44 am