The Great Digital SLR Shootout, Round One!|
(Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 00:19 EST)
There's more still to come (weather permitting), but we've posted the first round of photos from our first "Digital SLR Shootout," with images by Gibbs Frazeur, our "resident Pro."
As anyone with even a passing acquaintance with this site will know, I'm a big believer in carefully-shot comparison photos. From day one of this site, I've had a standard set of shots I take with every camera I test, intended as something of a "camera torture test." Those shots were set up to be revealing of possible problems in the cameras, rather than to be visually appealing subjects. Recognizing that photographers like to look at pictures that are pleasant to look at, I've been tapping the skills of my Pro Photographer friend Gibbs Frazeur recently, to snap more attractive photos than my poor skills would permit. The only problem with random "pretty pictures" though, is that they give no basis whatsoever for comparison between cameras.
Now that the Sigma SD9 has finally shipped, it occurred to me to attempt a "shootout" of all four of the digital SLRs that sell in that general price range. - The Canon D60, the Fuji S2 Pro, the Nikon D100, and the Sigma SD9. This proved to be a huge undertaking, as you can read about in my opening comments of the Digital SLR Shootout article we've just posted. It's not over yet, Gibbs is still shooting, looking to get a few more daytime shots with the D100's sharpening set properly (grr, grr), some night shots, and one or two samples from the studio.
Let me know via the discussion forum I've set up for the article how you like this piece. It represents an enormous amount of both money and time, but if the response is positive enough, we may try it again, perhaps with some high end point & shoots, like the Canon G3, Nikon 5700, etc. - And again later, when the next round of D-SLRs comes along.
In the meantime, check out the First Edition of the Great Digital SLR Shootout!