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Portfolio Comparison by B+U Steinmueller

These photos were taken to get portfolio class photos from a beautiful scene at the Merced Canyon. The test of the different cameras is merely a side effect of this activity. Of course we would not have taken four cameras if this would not be our business as reviewers and educators.

We used four cameras with the following lenses. The lenses were not an arbitrary choice:

  • Canon 1Ds + 70-200 f/2.8 IS (full frame 35mm)

    One of our favorite combinations. Camera and lens are state of the art.

  • Canon 300D + 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS (45 - 216 35mm equivalent)

    If you buy a 300D you most likely not spend tons of money on top lenses. This lens is in combination with the 300D ideal for travel. It lacks clearly in the wide angle range but not a problem for our style of work. The wide angle range can be covered by the kit lens.

  • Nikon D70 + DX AF-S 18-70 f/3.5-f/4.5 G (27 - 105 35mm equivalent)

    This combination is also great for travel. The medium wide angle is well covered while it is a bit short in the tele range.

  • Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 built in lens (28-200 35mm equivalent)

The scene we photographed at the Merced Canyon was shot after the sun set behind the canyon walls. We used of course tripods for all photos.

Processing: All images were shot in raw, processed with Adobe ACR 2.2 and finally sharpened with Simple Sharpening. Image quality is always the result of camera sensor, lens, camera image processing and the raw converter used.

Now lager, low compressed crops can be found here.

Note: Images are © B+U Steinmueller and may only be used for your personal inspection. They may not be published without our written permission. Please understand that for copyright reasons the full sized images are not available.

Canon 1Ds

f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

Crop at 100% magnification


+ Shows clearly the most detail.

- some purple fringing visible in the high contrast areas of the tree


Nikon D70

f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 200

100% magnification


- some purple fringing visible in the high contrast areas of the tree

+ not bad for a $300 zoom


Canon 300D

f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 100


- Looks kind of softer than the other shots. Probably the 28-135 is a softer lens.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2

f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 64

100% magnification


Only digicam in the field.

- Noise visible in the sky even at ISO 64 (won't show as strong in prints)

+ not bad at all for a camera with these tiny sensor cells



The 1Ds is the winner here but the other cameras are not that bad at all.




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