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[filmscanners] FW: Scene brightness and CCDs

Oops, forgot the link, FWIW...


> From: Todd Flashner <tflash@earthlink.net>
> Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 04:25:08 -0400
> To: <filmscanners@halftone.co.uk>
> Subject: Scene brightness and CCDs
> The number of stops of brightness that film can hold has been discussed of
> late, but what about CCDs? What kind of luminance range have we the right to
> expect from the better digicams? For a basis of discussion, look at this link,
> which at the bottom shows a shows a shot of a boy backlit by sun, as taken buy
> the 3 new cameras that are capturing a lot of attention and speculation of
> late. It's pretty typical snapshot material, yet none of these cameras can
> handle it without the highlights on his skin burning out. Surely this is only
> the range of contrasty slide film, at best.
> I realize digicams might be off topic for this list, but these are supposedly
> the products that will be putting our filmscanners to rest. Will legions of
> photos with blown out highlights be the legacy of the new technology, or will
> everyone need to become knowledgeable shooters - utilizing fill flash, or
> carrying pocket reflectors - to retain detail in the most mundane of pictures?
> Okay, these are provocative questions... let me not get in a rant... but
> seriously, how will these devices compare to our beloved films? It's clear
> they can't handle the luminance that neg films can...not by a long shot...but
> can they even match the worst of transparencies? Are these blown highlights
> the result of poor processing algorithms, or are they lost to the RAW files as
> well???
> Todd

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