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#1 John W

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:19 PM

So my first direct comparison image taken from the same location of the same subject. FX D850 is cropped to the same DX D500 size +- for comparison but if not for this example I would probably have used more of the horse in the portrait. The D500 image is basically full frame ( making the D850 image cropped to approxomate the 150mm + crop sensor). 1 - D500, 500 f4 E, 1/2000, f6.3, auto ISO 1400.     2 - D850, 500 f4 E, - 1/2500, f6.3, auto ISO 1600. In this example, to my eye, the D850 has richer IQ and better detail even cropped to the D500  image size? The D500 controlls the blacks in the example better.  cc


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:49 PM

I do not know if it is the product of controlling the blacks, but the D850 seems to have better contrast to it's image showing more detail on my screen.  The two images are really so similar to my eye

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 11:23 PM

I don'k know John.  Perhaps manual is the best way to compare - still differences in shutter speed and ISO that impact image quality.  I am no Einstein, but the pixel density seems to be a bit less on the D500.  Perhaps the AF is more accurate with your D500 BIF's because the same amount of light is getting to fewer pixels creating a quicker grab (more light per pixel).  If your D850 is having difficulty with a "keeper rate" on still subjects, you probably can just adjust the focus.  I was unaware that your D850 stills had focus issues.  Image 2 seems to have nervous noise in the background whereas image one is a bit more smooth.  You also have ears forward vs ears back, and the forward facing ears may impact the hair on the neck of the horse.  If you go to your flickr page and just switch between images, you can see a lot of differences including the size of the images and the proportion of the photo taken up by the horse's head.  I am not sure what you're trying to test here, but there are a lot of variables that aren't isolated for testing/evaluative purposes. 


But then again, preference is preference, and we don't always need to know all the reasons why.  I'd keep them both handy, put the prime on one and the zoom on the other and shoot away!

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 04:28 AM

Both images look just great to me, wonderful detail, Of course looking at them on an old matte screen laptop that cost less than either camera may not be the best tool for a detailed critique, even if my old eyes were quite good enough to do so..... (-:  For me the obvious quality of your images John, is down to the time and effort you put into capturing them. Thanks for sharing all that you do.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:13 AM

I can't call it, John.

Detail and resolution in both shots (stray hairs on his chin and ears), is first rate.

The highlights on his cheek are maybe, maybe slightly better in the D850 but I might change my mind in an hour.

Basically, the D850 is a full frame camera with a D500 thrown in for free ?

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:50 PM

The D850 shot has more detail and is better overall...as it should be, twice the pixels (or somewhere close), I agree with you on the blacks.

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