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Film vs. Digital
So much talk about Film versus Digital, so I did another test using a Canon EOS-1V and a Canon EOS 5D Mark-II to compare the two medias.
This time I used the new Kodak Ektar ISO100. Last time (click here to view to old test) I used an old Fuji ISO160 film, and the result were pretty disappointing. With the Kodak Ektar ISO100 however, the details are probably better than the Nikon Coolscan 5000 can solve. With some sharpening in Photoshop, I could not see the difference in fine details at all in a A4 print!

The images here are all unedited directly from the scanner, using Autoexposure, 2 pass scan and 16 bit. Converted to 8bit JPG in Canon DPP.

Images from the Canon EOS 5D mark-II were taken in RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF and for the files here, converted to 8bit JPG.

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IMG_1125_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1125-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/11 - 1/125 sec. Studio flashes.
The 1v image is adjusted for colors, exposure and sharpness.

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IMG_1126_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1126-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

85mm - f/11 - 1/125 sec. Studio flashes.
Printed in A4 and a bit of USM on the 1V image, I could not see any difference at all! 1v image here is sharpened.

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IMG_1163_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1163-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

16mm - f/8 - 1/125 sec. Tripod and MLU.

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IMG_1169_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1169-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

85mm - f/2 - 1/200 sec for the 5DII and 1/125 sec for the 1v, flash with diffuser.
The 1v image was underexposed 2/3 steps, but I used E-TTl flash, so no problem with the main subject. Focus was probably a bit better on the 5DII.

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IMG_1512_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1512-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

17mm - f/8 - 1/4 sec.
Tilted the lens a bit in the wrong direction, and the AWB from the 5DII adjusted the colors in the sky.

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IMG_1803_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1803-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

500mm - f/5.6 - 1/640 sec.

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IMG_1804_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1804-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/5.6 - 1/1000 sec.

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IMG_1805_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1805-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

16mm - f/5.6 - 1/1000 sec.

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IMG_1806_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1806-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/1000 sec.
A bit of sharpening and shadow adjustments on the 1v image made it very similar to the 5D image. 1v image here is sharpened.

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IMG_1807_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1807-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/4000 sec.

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IMG_1808_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1808-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/5.6 - 1/800 sec.

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IMG_1809_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1809-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

16mm - f/5.6 - 1/250 sec.

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IMG_1810_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1810-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

16mm - f/5.6 - 1/320 sec.

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IMG_1812_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1812-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/1600 sec.

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IMG_1813_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1813-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/1000 sec.

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IMG_1814_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1814-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/1250 sec.

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IMG_1815_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1815-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/2000 sec.

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IMG_1816_5DII - Canon EOS-5DII

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IMG_1816-1v - Canon EOS-1v

 

135mm - f/2 - 1/800 sec.
Focus was a bit off on the 5DII image.

Comments? No, I leave that to you. But, it seems like all the good things your heard about the new Kodak Ektar ISO100 film is true! The Nikon Coolscan 5000 is obviously not goog enough to show the fine details of this film, so for digital images, a better scanner is required.

Ok, I should have used manual white balance on the 5DII and manual exposure in the scans, but it's a lot of work to get everyting correct. Anyway, I hope you got some useful information out of these images. I did!


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