How can I improve quality?
I need your help please. For this moment I'm using Canon 5D Mark II and I'm
thinking how can I improve tech. quality of my images. I'm not ready to buy
a Hasselblad H4D ... Can you please tell me, can I get better quality of images
with a Hasselblad 503cx + NIKON 9000* and if yes, what I will receive as advantages
with this setup* compared to my current one? It will be very nice If some one
can show me full-res scans from the same setup* that I can see what I can
get with it, thank you.
This is a crop from my camera to show what I have now (retouched sure):
I think that stopping the lens down a bit can really improve sharpness.
i am not familiar with any of the cameras you want to compare,
perhaps you can rent cameras from a pro-shop or borrow from a friend
and see what the differences are for yourself. it is hard to
suggest one lens or camera is sharper or works better than another
when working methods are different than yours.
for example, i could rant and rave about films and lenses
processing and printing methods that work great for me,
i could tell you how to process a fine grain high resolution film
to make prints with it that sharp, lush and grainy and textured like a canvas-painting
but in the end, it doesn't matter because your working methods
are different than mine ...
if you have a pro shop near you, i am sure they will be happy to rent
you equipment, and it will be cheap compared to buying it
and realizing it isn't what you had hoped for ..
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I have already bought 503CX, any way I will work with it, but what I need
it to have good digital format at the end, that's why I'm asking about NIKON 9000.
Trying to understand what I will have new and different from my current setup with
Considering that this is a film-based photography website, I think you're asking the wrong question. I'm sure people here can help you, but it's not what the site is about.
Your example picture certainly is well-lit and composed. If you want it sharper, you're going to have to stop the lens down a bit more. The softness comes from shallow depth of field.
I own a 503cx and 3 lenses. It's an excellent system that suits my needs. If you can't make a good, sharp picture with yours, you need to look at how you're using it. Start with a tripod and expose your pictures with the mirror locked up, or at least use enough power in your flash setup to allow your to hand-hold at a high shutter speed.
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I use both methods for capture. When I first started with digital in 2004, I would take a Hasselblad along, use two tripods, when making formals, as I didn't trust digital capture. To me, it doesn't make any difference anymore which method of capture I use, the results are the same.
My recommendation is to find someone who could be your mentor, coach and friend. Even in pro sports there are coaches. Take classes on photography you want to do better at.
Get to museums and study what the masters have done relative to lighting, posing & composition. Go to the library and check out books on artists that see the world as well as those who differ from your vision. Join camera clubs and attend and participate. Watch movies and see how they use lighting, composition, costumes, choreography. I'm always doing this. Sometimes my wife will say, "quit doing this! Watch the movie! You sound just like Monte!" Monte Zucker was my friend, mentor and coach.
I see so much on equipment but there is so much more to photography than that.
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One of the best ways I've found to improve quality, no matter what camera one shoots, is to use a tripod and cable release. Do you?
The 503CW I would suspect can do equally as well or possibly better than the 5D you presently have with careful scanning and post processing.
I had found your original uncropped image on your site and you note you intentionally only stopped down to f/4 to have a somewhat shallow DOF. In the post processing of your 5D images are you sharpening the image? Sharpening can make a world of difference.
This is a sample from a Canon 5D mk1 shot at f/2. Composed a bit differently, but never the less sharp. Compare yours viewed at 100%...
I found out many years ago to my cost that excellence in photography isn't a problem that can be solved by throwing money at, and I would agree with Mr Clark.
Originally Posted by wclark5179