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Using both Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D2x in the field

Hills with Oak

An experience report by Uwe Steinmueller @Digital Outback Photo

Also photos by Bettina Steinmueller


We love the golden California hills with all these lovely oak trees. Photographing them is quite tricky because it is very hard to find the right light:

  • Golden light before sunset produces too much shadows
  • Overcast renders them flat and uninspiring
  • Harsh sunlight is a problem as usual
  • Getting an ultra soft perfect overcast is rare

In the end we go with the sunshine most of the time.

Sample #1

Canon EOS 5D at 145mm (1/200 sec, f/9, IS), FOV 145mm

100% magnification crop

Nikon D2x at 105mm (1/200 sec, f/9, VR), FOV 157.5mm

100% magnification crop

Overall both cameras delivered the images we wanted.

Max FOV (Field of View) with the 70-200mm lenses on both cameras

5D FOV 200mm

D2X FOV 300mm (12MP mode)

D2X FOV 400mm (6.8MP High-Speed Crop mode)

All photos were shot from the same vantage point.

Sample #2

Canon EOS 5D at 140mm (1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 160, IS), FOV 140mm

Nikon D2x at 102mm (1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 160, VR), FOV 153mm

Overall we got with both cameras the pictures we wanted. In some cases we liked the wider FOV of the 5D with the 70-200mm but even in more cases the longer FOV of the D2x.



We used RSE for the D2x files and DPP 2.0.3 for the 5D photos.


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