Dy­namic range: what’s all the fuss about?

Amateur Photographer - - Tech Talk -

QRe­views and on­line com­ments on the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II have, in the main, slated it for many rea­sons but mainly its lack of progress on the dy­namic range com­pared with other brands. I ap­pre­ci­ate I am no ex­pert but when I have vis­ited pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tions I can­not tell if a photo was taken on a Canon or a Nikon, or what­ever. Is there re­ally such a dif­fer­ence? Bazarchie (AP fo­rum)

AIt’s all rel­a­tive. There are no re­ally bad sys­tem cam­eras any more. Hav­ing bags of dy­namic range means you can shoot with more con­fi­dence in con­di­tions where the light is harsh. It also pro­tects you from in­ac­cu­rate ex­po­sure. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II ex­hibits good dy­namic range at medium and high ISO sen­si­tiv­i­ties. At low ISOs it’s around an EV (ex­po­sure value) be­hind its prin­ci­pal ri­val, the Nikon D750. There are ways of boost­ing dy­namic range, such as merg­ing ex­po­sures, for ex­am­ple. But it’s in­con­ve­nient and more work, al­though not a catas­tro­phe. If your work de­mands very wide dy­namic range at low ISOs, you prob­a­bly wouldn’t buy an EOS 6D Mark II, al­though an ex­pe­ri­enced pho­tog­ra­pher would be able to cope with it.

The EOS 6D Mark II has good dy­namic range at medium and high ISOs

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