Three similar photographs – Cameras used: Nikon D80, Canon T4i, Canon 5D Mark III.  


I am not trying to make any major points here other than I think we are approaching this point, truthfully have been for a few years now, where if you are looking for a decent camera and you don’t want to make billboard sized prints, older cameras are more than sufficient.   The Nikon D80 is just about six years old offers 10MP in a very nicely designed body.  If you don’t care about video and having some of the newer features it is a lovely camera that can be picked up for less than $500.  It works with all of Nikon’s lenses – old and new.


HINT: Nikon Files start with DSC, 5D Mark III with L and T4i IMG -hold your mouse over each image for the answers.




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  1. Thank you for pointing me towards this; these macro images are both great. I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the photos but I can see more detail in the left-most petal (better lighting perhaps) for the two canon’s where the Nikon seems to be pulling out colour better than the 5D but doesn’t pick up the fine details (phloem?) as sharply.

    I think the T4i has the best colour reproduction with a brighter look, followed by the D80 and then 5D Mark III, whereas the T4i seems to pull the most ultimate detail (looking at the stigma on the three images, the T4i is less “fuzzy”).

    Zooming in on the images (just using firefox, i guess its ~100%) and looking at the petla detail it seems that the T4i produces more detailed/sharper images.. I wonder if this is sheerly down to the megapixel count, or the lens etc?

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