I've had my eye on this camera for some time now. As a botanist who photographs tiny plant parts, wants keep bulk & weight to a minimum, and shoot & scan film, this appeared to be one camera that could "do it all" for me. A couple weeks ago I finally broke down and bought one.
Previously I used a Panasonic G3 to scan film
. This worked well, but the color never thrilled me, nor did the noisy sensor. I could stitch 4-6 photos on a 35 mm frame, but keeping everything level was a headache. My practical limit was 2-3 shots at about 1:2.5 reproduction. This was plenty to work with in theory but, again, the colors & noisy output. Once I broke the LCD, it was time for an upgrade.
Up first is a 35mm Velvia 50 slide. Shot with an OM-4 and 24 mm f/2.8 OM Zuiko.
Full frame shot, imaged with an EM-5 Mk II and 35mm f/3.5 Zuiko (4/3 system). NR turned "off" (or as low as it lets you go)
16 mp jpeg crop, uprezzed to 40 mp equivalent:
40 mp jpeg crop:
Clean output, hi res, and color that comes fairly close to the slide...for the first time since I started, scanning is exciting again! Because, finally, I am getting results that begin to equal the quality of the image on the film
. 7100 pixels on the long end roughly equals 200 pixels per mm, or 5000 pixels per inch when imaging a full 35mm frame. No Epson comes close, a Coolscan 5000 can't match this, nor can a 16 mp equivalent digital.
It's not all perfect. I am still struggling to keep shadows and highlights balanced. I suppose bracketing with some kind of post-processing HDR technique would remedy this. But considering that I mostly shoot jpeg, I am not inclined to lots of post-processing. Any suggestions or links to tutorials on how to do this would be appreciated. Also, I suspect my refrigerator produces enough floor vibration when running to cause slight artifacts to show during a 40mp exposure! Let me know if I've cranked the saturation too high, my monitor has very muted colors.
But so far, I'm very happy with the results....more to come