When I was back in the UK one of my favourite geek-and-gadgetary shows was The Gadget Show (nothing to do with Suzi Perry’s leather boots – not much anyway!). I was reading Jao’s blog today and noticed that he had a link to it, where the Gadget Show team have undertaken a, literally, huge comparison between film and digital camera technologies. The video clip is below. The comparison was between the full-format Nikon D700 and the Nikon F5. The team tried to keep the experiment/comparison as controlled as possible using the same lenses on both cameras, shooting in identical conditions with the same pro photographer and using the same printing service. Oh and the print, wow! It took 2 days (yes two days!) to print out the 17 metre tall images, big enough to drape down the side of a building.
Here’s the video (and remember, we’re interested in the comparison between film and digital and not Suzi Perry’s leather cat suit).
Digital wins out (clearly) but, as Jao points out, I wonder whether real portrait or landscape film photographers would have been using ISO400 in this situation. I would have liked to have seen comparisons at ISO100 or even ISO50.