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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:19 am 
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Hi folks,

Although this thread will be about Canon cameras it belongs here in the "Technical and scientific photography" section because the comparison is largely concerned with
the use of the above cameras for astrophotography.

Long term members may know that I find Christian Buil's web-site a tremendous resource. The man has done it again with his comparative testing of the 40D, 50D, 5D,
5D Mk II and a high quantum efficiency CCD based on the Kodak KAF-3200ME sensor.

As a taster of what's to come just have a look at these two graphs:
The full article explains the term "Geometric Quantum Efficiency" and also presents graphs for the "Pixel Quantum Efficiency". It's interesting to see how the 5D shows the age of its design. Accuracy is stated to be of the order of ±15%.

So far so good but to see what the gain is by removing the 40D's IR cut-off filter and to see just how much light is being wasted by using a DSLR sensor instead of
more specialised hardware have a look at the next two graphs:
I hope the above has whetted your appetite. The full article CANON 40D, 50D, 5D, 5D Mark II COMPARISON contains much more: Recommended. 8)


Sony RX1R II. Olympus OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 + 1.4x T/C, Lumix 7-14mm f/4, Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8
M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8, Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
Astrophotography: TEC 140 'scope, FLI ML16803 camera, ASA DDM60 Pro mount.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:46 pm 
Great find, Bob! Although I don't do much astrophotography, it's always interesting to learn how the differences in the inner workings of various cameras influence the images they produce.

I'd love to know what Section 3 says, but I can't read French, and I doubt my wife will have the patience to translate it for me. :wink:

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