Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi Nick, don't forget DSLRs tend to apply much less sharpening and saturation than consumer compacts. So if you're used to a compact or a super-zoom all-in-one, you'll often find the output from a DSLR is quite subdued in comparison. The idea is most DSLR users will either tweak the settings or apply sharpening in Photoshop later.
It's interesting to see the new breed of consumer-friendly DSLRs like the D40 and D40x with their settings tuned like a compact though - the colours and sharpness really pop-out!
I did actually compare my shots side by side with the actual scene of our garden and the default was definately less like reality - I did this because I wondered if I just preferred exagerated renditions.
I thought that the D40x would be differentiated from the D80 by having more customisation, better viewfinder, more robust build, better metering etc, not by deliberately slewing the basic settings as well.
Is there something perverse going on here that its considered a slightly fuzzy edge is more analogue, more like film?
One thing for sure, I was right to get into this some months before some potential travelling because there will be other suprises in store for me I am sure.