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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:05 am    Post subject: RD1 high iso Reply with quote

One of the weak points of the epson DRF is it's sensor sensitivity range.
Iso settings are available in full stops from 200-1600.
The 1600 setting is useful for B+W only really.
It does have a nice "grainy" look if used at 1600 for B+W and I actually like it ( alot).
The camera meters really well. Infact I can say it is nearly exactly like my R2m in manual.
And does a really nice job in AE. A fresh break from the EOS meter wildcard deck.
Here are a few from last night. These are not gallery shots so I put them here.

yashinon 1.8/50 wo 1/15 sec 1600 missed focus Rolling Eyes but cute girl Smile

CV1.4/40 f2 1/20th iso 800

CV 1.4/40 f4 iso 1/232 iso800


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprisingly nice shots Andy, of course the first one is the best. Very Happy
And the last one is very handsome (my liking) too. High ISO shots
are better than M8's, I think. I have to confess I did not shoot M8
in B&W not much, will try it again. Some people shoot in colour, then
convert into B&W with a specific profile (sometime costly). I just use
B&W mode to avoid payment. Wink


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with Koji's choices, great shot of the wife! I can see you're enjoying your new toy!


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very usable high iso sunshine
my favorite is the cute wife


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice captures, Andy, truly in the spirit of rangefinders!
The noise seems OK from here, especially considering the model has some years.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really nice images and conversion, you did a great job and the camera sesor isn't bad at all at that high iso, still to my eyes B&W film wins hands out though.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for the feedback.
Although I agree with Allesandro B+W neg film is still the best.
I must say that scanning B+W negs leaves a lot to be desired.
In some ways the noise that this camera produces at high ISO has a more pleasing grain effect than a scan of a neg.
The scans from B+W prints I think preserve the intended look more effectivley.

All that said I think that with some more familiarity this will be a great asset for my style of shooting rangefinders.
I really like the lower contrast from the Yashinon also.
It will do very well for B+W film and Digital.

CV has introduced some of the L and M mount lenses with single coating for this low contrast B+W.
The price for the lenses is the same as MC.I would like to try one.
The 1.4/40 that I have is MC and it has noticeably tighter contrast.

Super little lens however. And very well priced at $350 from CQ. The FL translates as a 60mm on the RD1 so a slightly long normal with a fast 1.4 aperture.
I think it is safe to say that it transmits close to the same amount of light as a 1.2/50.
This makes for a good choice for hand hold ability in low light at a fraction of the cost.


PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, nice Andy! One of the functions I liked best when I used the RD-1 esp. for concerts w. no flash allowed.