Keeping up with Digital shooters- part five
by, 11-02-2009 at 11:01 AM (1092 Views)
Another thing that I noticed about digital photography is that it's advancing. Just when you think that the cameras couldn't be improved on, the next generation of image sensor comes out. The film cameras are no more advanced now than when the F6 series stopped production before most people even knew that it existed.
Our last mixed-format outing involved an old school house on a ranch out of Likely California, a Nikon D300, a 4X5 monorail camera, and a clear (very cold) night. During the exposure, Dan and I were trying to keep warm inside with a barely functioning, propane heater that needed to be re-lit every 20 minutes or so. There was a Coleman lantern spilling light out the windows for a couple of hours. Before we settled down for the night (about 3 hours of sleep), I walked around the building with a mag-light and a red plastic notebook cover while Dan was saying things like "You missed a spot!" and "We need more over there!". I can't complain about the result.
Dan put that CMOS sensor to the test for about 7 hours of stacked images that were, as I recall, about two minutes each:
I opened the shutter on my 90mm Schneider Super Angulon wide angle lens for about 4 or 5 hours:
The first thing that I noticed about my shot is that I should be the owner of a f5.6 verison of the lens instead of the f8. Sometimes the universe just isn't fair. I used ISO 100 Kodak slide film pushed two full stops. As you can see by comparing with Dan's digital, the sky had a lot more to offer than what I could get.
You can find more about Dan's adventures on his site:
Maybe I can find a 75mm, f4 lens that I can afford. (I just got goose bumps thinking about that!) Until then, I'll just keep calling this series "Keeping up with digital" rather than "surpassing digital"
Now go shoot something.