Do different camera brands have different looks?

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lostinbids
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:15AM

I am wondering, do the different camera brands' images have a certain look to them.  Is it possible to tell which make of camera made what image from just a look at the picture.


If this is the case, what do the buyers prefer?
ZargonDesign
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:42AM

Thats a very loaded question   from my experience Canons create a softer more plastic image and Nikons sharper harder image. I shoot  canon and I am happy with that decision.


But with what you can do these days with raw editing its doutful you could tell the manufacture by the output.  Buyers prefer different styles in different category's.


So it really comes down to your personal preference.
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:25AM

Most people will prefer images from Hasselblad than from Casio


You can profile images from any camera to your preferences. It's RAW converter and developing habits makes the difference. And the lens of course.
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:39PM

You have 3 questions there so my answers, short version first are Yes, No not me anyway and happy with canon. I presume you mean buyers of the camera and not the images...?


Cameras and their lenses, AA filters, Colour arry filters, base settings, software all add to differences in the looks.


If two images were taken, one with Nikon and one with Canon depending on model will produce different looks straight from camera warmer/cooler Raw/Jpeg, some people may be able to tell by their characteristics which one was Canon and which was Nikon if these were the two choices. Not me!


I'm used to Canon .


 


PS. I reckon i could have a fair guess between film and digital image printed side by side.
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Posted Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:00PM
Posted By lostinbids:

I am wondering, do the different camera brands' images have a certain look to them. Is it possible to tell which make of camera made what image from just a look at the picture.


If this is the case, what do the buyers prefer?


I think certain photographers have a style and look to their work, but I don't think it comes from the camera. 


I can't imagine buyers caring one way or another how the image they like was produced. They may have size requirements, and certainly quality requirements, but not a brand preference.


What made you ask?
lostinbids
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:24AM

I was looking at IOTW and other images and they just have a similar feel and look about them.  I was wondering if this comes from the sensor used or the PP.  Is the final look of the image to some degree defined by the sensor used to capture it.


Fertnig said this about his sony


http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=219161&messageid=3962481


It has been said that nikon produce a more realistic look and canon's more plasticy look.  I knew that the IOTW was not shot with nikon, I might have been wrong, but it was my gut feeling when I saw it and the image size corresponds to a canon sensor.


In the old days there were different film stock for different looks, do senors have different looks or is it just different post processing?
kelvinjay
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:49AM
I think that "look" you have noticed is more down to lighting and post processing. You could get a very similar look with any camera, even a point and shoot, if you used the same lighting set up and then muted the colours, added fill light and ramped up the clarity slider in Lightroom.

(Edited on 2010-06-14 03:35:09 by kelvinjay)
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:44AM

As it has been already said, more than the brand, the settings, the RAW converters, the colour profiles, affect the personality of a picture.


The same is true with film: if you shoot Velvia, it really does not matter whether the film is in a Canon or a Pentax.
Sirimo
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:00AM
Yes it is. Experienced inspectors can tell the camera brand and in some cases even the model of camera an image was taken with, without looking at the EXIF. The more files from different cameras you look at, the better you get. A bunch of us who were in Cannes had a 20 minute conversation about this very topic...
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:27AM
I have no doubt that experienced eyes can tell when looking at a file at 100%. I highly doubt that anyone could tell when looking at a thumbnail on iStock, even if they zoomed to the max allowed on the site.
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:56AM
As great as many of our inspectors are - I'd be amazed if any could tell what make of camera was used to create images that have been as heavily manipulated as the IOTW mentioned by the OP. In more conservatively processed images, I can easily believe that some inspectors are capable of spotting signature looks and identifying certain manufacturers but perhaps those charcteristics are more product of the RAW processing rather than the cameras themselves? When many Canon shooters use DPP for their processing and Nikon users use Capture NX etc it may be that the software rather than hardware is what they recognise.
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:40PM

I would guess most canon users don't use DPP here, i don't have statistics to back that up though.


If your job is looking at these images every day you are bound to see differences especially between Canon and Nikon as i've mentioned, for me Sirimo has confirmed that point. They have there own looks! own Raw formats... Of course when you start processing you may change a lot of variables and it would become harder to know which camera a pic came from.


By the way Sony make the sensors that are in Nikon's cameras. And most other cameras. Canon make their own sensors.
Fertnig
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:59PM
I often use my Sony and my Nikon on the same shoots.  This means I process the shots from the two different cameras on the same day, often alternating between brands as I go.  Even in Aperture or lightroom the images look very different and I can easily recognise the differences.
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Posted Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:43PM
Posted By Sirimo:
Experienced inspectors can tell the camera brand and in some cases even the model of camera an image was taken with, without looking at the EXIF.

Interesting.

Amongst Canons, the 300D is over-sensitive to yellows and reds compared to the 40D. Against the 40D, the 7D seems different, too. Something to do with scraping the last ounce of potential out of the sensor, I suspect.
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:47PM
I always thought Olympus cameras had excellent color. I see that in comparisons/reviews too.
markrhiggins
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Posted Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:08AM
yeah but what film do you use?
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:31AM
I doubt most customers will notice or care about the differences.
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:44PM

I must say that it only works if one is using default processing, either in camera or through proprietary software.


Custom processing will kill all traces of "recognizable" cameras.
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:02PM
Posted By jimsdslr:


By the way Sony make the sensors that are in Nikon's cameras. And most other cameras. Canon make their own sensors.


Not all Nikon sensors are made by Sony.
lfreytag
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:56PM
I always thought Olympus Digital Cameras had excellent color. I went through about one a year for roughly 5 years.
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