Legends go to battle

In the comments on Radozhiv, I was asked to write more about my observations, to slightly dilute the dense routine of boring reviews and tests :). Therefore, this post is exactly a 'post' on my blog and does not pretend to be objective.

I give you LIGHT

An article about something legendary, like Prometheus, only from the world of photographic equipment

Now marketers are stuffing a lot of pixels into new 'DSLRs' and mirrorless cameras (gigapixels!), force them to shoot at 100 frames per second and in parallel try to cram in an 8K 120p video recording. For amateur photography, these are useless bells and whistles for which you have to pay big money. And you end up with an awful boring picture. I want to tell you about the old legendary digital SLR cameras that never go out of my head.

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro (2006)

This camera uses a unique Fujifilm SuperCCD SR II sensor. IN S5 Pro review you can read everything in detail. Fujifilm FinePix S5 P creates great shots immediately in JPEG, without dancing with a tambourine, without long stretching from RAW. Even for 2022, the camera is very well balanced: professional controls, an excellent magnesium protected body, Live View, support for old optics and a fabulous image.

Fujifilm's FinePix DSLRs use the Nikon F mount, so all Nikon optics (except the newest 'E' and 'AF-P' series lenses) are suitable for them. At Fujifilm FinePix S5 P there is a very good dynamic range, and I like the color reproduction more than on the giant Nikon D850 (at least stand on your head).

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro (2004)

This is the predecessor Fujifilm FinePix S5 P with the same sensor (almost the same). Housing from Nikon F80. It is very obsolete, it is cheap, but the output picture is simply gorgeous. Such joy costs about 200-400 USD. For this amount, you get a very good image. Many claim that the image of the Fujifilm FinePix S3 is even better than with S5 Pro... Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro review can be viewed here.

Nikon D40 (2006)

This is one of the cheapest cameras on the secondary market. In 2017, I bought Nikon D40 for only 70 dollars. It is built on the basis of a 6-megapixel Sony ICX-453-AQ CCD sensor, which creates a very pleasant picture in color. For such a modest cost, you can hardly find a more pleasant and soulful color reproduction. My gallery for this camera here.

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n (and its modifications, 2004)

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n with Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D lens

Kodak Professional DCS PRO 14n with lens Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D

14 MP full-frame camera without anti-moire filter. That says it all! Super sharp picture and nice color reproduction. Can use ISO 6 units (six!). Overview here.

Canon EOS 5D (Mark I, 2005)

Canon EOS 5D (Mark I, 2005)

Canon EOS 5D (Mark I, 2005) with lens Canon LENS EF 50mm 1: 1.4

A full-frame camera with nice color, nice white balance. With only about 13 Megapixels, ISO 50 support and a buffer for almost 20 RAW files, shooting and processing on the first stage is enjoyable and easy. It is one of the cheapest and most functional full frame cameras to this day. My photo gallery for this model here. Overview here.

Canon EOS-1DS Mark II (2004)

Top professional full frame camera with nice color. Only about 17 megapixels, support for ISO 50 and a buffer for 11 RAW files. Advanced focusing system, many interesting settings. This is one of the cheapest and most functional full-frame cameras to this day. Overview here.

All these cameras are obsolete. If you use the camera for your own pleasure, leisurely thoughtful shooting, understand the subtleties and use the 'right' lenses, then these disadvantages become damn small compared to the image that you can get from them.

I shot with almost all modern and old cameras of popular brands. And all these cameras are not always comparable in the picture with the cameras presented above. I'm not talking about some abstractions of 'color depth' or 'dynamic range', on paper, modern cameras are a million times better than these ancient elders. But the picture (namely the picture!) in these cameras just bewitching. Many are chasing something exclusive, unusual, non-standard and at the same time cheap - here is a list of old units that can satisfy these requests.

I also suggest taking a look on a full-frame camera with 28 MP for $ 240 :) and in the article 'Nostalgia for 6 MP CCD'.

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Comments: 204, on the topic: Legends go into battle

  • fkueg

    I have already received a warning from Arkady for diarrhea of ​​words - in the form of a red avatar ...

  • anonym

    Got it! ...

  • fkueg

    Anton Noskov in the annotation of uploading photos to the site from February 24, 2011 ... “I can't tell you anything interesting about myself :) Photography is a hobby for me, which haunts me since childhood. Unfortunately, it is not often possible to go to the shooting. But when this happens, it is a personal celebration of the soul and a powerful surge of positive in my life.
    A year and a half ago, I practically stopped shooting with digital cameras, returning to the origins of film. True, the aspect ratio has grown significantly - up to 4x5 inches (although I also actively shoot in the so-called medium format - from 6x6 to 6x9). I had to fully master the process of film development at home ... But I am immensely pleased with the result and am not going to give up this business :))) I hope you will like my work too! ” link: tp: //dofmaster.35photo.ru/photo_225800/ (don't forget to add ht to the beginning)

  • flueg

    After the color FUJIFILM FinePix S3 Pro Anton Noskov got hooked on formatted “VELVIA” (FUJIFILM slide film)….

  • flueg

    Technology shift and summation (interpolation Super CCD) are beginning to successfully apply very serious brands. Cutting edge technology wisely used

    With the H4D-200MS, Hasselblad once again raises the bar when it comes to high-resolution image capture. The H4D-200MS builds on the technology and success of the H4D-50MS, which uses our own serial shooting image capture technology, with a smart technical solution to bring 200 megapixels for your still life and studio photography.
    The H4D-200MS camera uses a sensor mounted by 50Mpix on our patented symmetric burst frame survey, which can accurately position the sensor with precision using piezo-electric actuators. The camera then captures 6 frames by moving the sensor 1 and ½ pixel at a time to create 200Mpix capture. This process eliminates the problems that a single interpolation can sometimes introduce, such as moire and color rendering problems, thereby capturing red, green and blue information at each individual pixel point and then combining these captures into one amazing file. The stunning detail of these shots opens up new creative and commercial doors to any kind of shooting where detail or resolution is important, from small cars reproducing high-end photography products. In addition to 200Mpix resolution, these multi-frame images provide full color and moire free capture to provide an amazing level of detail.

  • flueg

    argument with the link: tp: //www.hasselblad.com/products/h-system/h4d-200ms.aspx (do not forget to add ht)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Links can be given without trimming the address.

  • flueg

    When linking, I remember the “linkopoyka”…. (lost two important frames ...)

  • flueg

    Sensor H5D-200MS, Hasselblad 36.7 x 49.1mm CCD (sampling is just a CCD, but in the multi-mode the shift to the sides of the direct vectors by 1,5 pixels, followed by superposition and summation of four or six frames` ...) Multi-mode - only for absolutely motionless or almost stationary objects (central shutter synchronization up to 1/800 ...)

  • far apart

    My S5 has arrived. What can I say? ... For me, now the question is removed, which is better than nikon or kenon. It's a pity to part with the D90, he would have a matrix from Fuji ...

  • flueg

    Hasselblad, in its latest Sensor H5D-200MS, exceeds Super CCD interpolation capabilities by further developing Fujifilm's core ideas for processing sensor information (by multiple exposure of a scene with different light sensitivities of the same sensor light sensors and using this array of information for unsurpassed resolution, color and dynamic range by Hasselblad algorithms ...).

  • Vladimir

    When the first cameras appeared on phones, CMOS cameras were set to the cheapest ones. Now I look and don’t understand: this type of matrix is ​​everywhere, but I forgot about CCD. I look at the photos on Nikon D80 on Yandex.Photos and I like them better than on the D90 and D7000. Why then changed? Or didn’t I understand something? !!

  • flueg

    These are slides (6x7) - the quality that all photographers should strive for (and this is not a new technique ...) http://forum.xitek.com/forum-viewthread-tid-152799-extra–action-printable-page-10.html http://forum.xitek.com/forum-viewthread-tid-152799-extra–action-printable-page-76.html

  • name

    “When the first cameras appeared in phones, CMOS cameras were installed in the cheapest ones. Now I look and don't understand: everywhere this type of matrix, but they forgot about CCDs. I look at Yandex.Photos for examples of photos from Nikon D80 and I like them more than on D90 and D7000. Why changed then? Or am I missing something? !! ”

    I consider the reason for the replacement as follows:
    1. Lower consumption (respectively heat).
    2. Cheaper production.
    3. The binding on the pixel itself.
    This opens the horizon for increasing megapixels, adds shooting video, allows you to use sophisticated technology to reduce noise and more.
    In general, a higher degree of manufacturability contributes to the build-up of quite obvious consumer characteristics (those that are written in the price lists). And the rest can always be attributed to taste preferences and out of 30 people, perhaps 1 will notice some kind of problems with flowers and unnaturalness ... In general, marketing, targeting the general public, and nothing personal. And the pros - and they don't care, they know Photoshop.

  • flueg

    To reduce the volume on the 6x7 slide, the color is removed. http://static.photo.net/attachments/bboard/00B/00BpSz-22838984.jpg

  • flueg

    You can compare the Nikon D3x and Nikon D1x by opening these links in different windows: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3x/img/sample/pic_001b.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/jowa/503523879/sizes/o/in/set-72157604095431189/

  • Alexander

    The author is right, there is something in the old cameras. I’ve been shooting it myself for 6 years on Nikon D80 and everything suits me.

  • flueg

    This is something CCD (and especially Super CCD ...) mother.

  • Ernesto

    Infected with Fujifilm. Tell me, what do you think the new Fujifilm X-E2?
    Thank you.

  • Mikita

    Ernesto CMOS is from another life.

  • Mikita

    Watering can CCD and film Watering can from the famous American photographer Ken Rockwell http://www.kenrockwell.com/trips/2011-02-yosemite/26.htm

  • Vladimir

    a good article, but for fudge 5 you don’t have to roll $ 700 like that .. you can immediately see the profiteers masterfully with them. it’s better to take a nickname FF for that money. But there is an opportunity to grab Nikon D1x as here in the article .. tell someone who knows, the quality is much worse than with fuja5?

  • anonym

    I tried fujiki: c3pro and mirrorless x e1 and x pro1 ... Decent devices worthy of Fujinon fx glass for reasonable money. But when I tried to shoot a landscape on Nikon d600 ... I sold everything and bought a d600 with a changed shutter for the 610th. Currently, I just enjoy how and what colors Nikon conveys! The main thing is to amend the car bb on the advice of Ken Rockwell - A1 M1 and you will be happy in colors!

  • Alex

    Arkady, probably this article would be more logical to transfer to the section with camera reviews.

  • anonym

    I really expect, Arkady, that someday you will have an overview of another legend - Kodak SLR. I own it myself, it would be interesting to know your opinion about this camera, a camera for the soul, as well as Fuji.

  • Alex babkin

    Thanks for the interesting site! I haven’t read all the articles, maybe the question has already risen, so sorry, if there’s a repeat. I would like to note the question of color on Sony. Especially old on CCD type A200-A300 and relatively new - peers 5D2 A850-A900. At a price they are almost like 5D old, while in terms of capabilities, except for ICO and LiveViev, they are better than the second nickle. And in terms of color rendering, IMHO of course, it is difficult to find the best option. He shot both the second nickel and the seven, now he bought 6ku. A bunch of ravs was being pulled by both the D700 and D600-D800, but nothing was impressive after Sony.

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