July 27th, 2011
Last week Dave Baxter, in upstate New York, told me that he was inspired by all the talk here on the blog about Exposure Fusion and wanted to know which camera body would be the best for shooting auto exposure brackets (AEB).
While I knew that the recent Nikon DSLRs would shoot 8 EV of exposure brackets and was about to tell him that straight away, I decided to do some researching and found this page by some anonymous exposure bracket shooter that has a really nice summary table of AEB characteristics of most of the most popular cameras.
So if all you care about in a DSLR is AEB capability there are two parts to the answer of which DSLR is best for shooting exposure brackets:
- The more recent Nikon DSLRs, D200, D300, D300s, D700 etc. (see chart) will shoot a total of 8 EV dynamic range in 1 stop increments.
- The Canon 1Ds MK III etc. (see chart) will shoot a total of 18 EV dynamic range in 2 stop increments.
So a lot depends on how much you have to spend. The most recent Canon 1D bodies are the clear winner. While I’m on the subject of shooting exposure brackets I think it is worth adding two other points:
- Anyone who wants complete and total control of shooting brackets should consider the Promote Control. It gives you the ultimate control of shooting exposure brackets.
- I think it is worth noting that my friend Dan Achatz in Seattle, who has one of the finest portfolios of HDR/EF real estate work that I’ve seen, would, I think, tell you that if you shoot them right all you’ll ever need for real estate work is a -2 EV, 0EV, +2EV. Dan shoots with a 5DMKII and -2,0,+2 is all that DSLR can do. His portfolio speaks for itself.