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Nikon D800 monochrome

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Raw Conversion: Demosaicing and Checkerboarding

Raw conversion is an area where a lot of variation can be seen. Few raw converters support interpreting color camera files as pure monochrome data.

With Adobe Camera Raw, there is no way to tell the software that the file is a monochrome file, and so it is demosaiced as a color image. This has one positive effect: any sensor artifacts (e.g. channel gain) are generally filtered out.

Three raw conversions are shown here. They should not be judged on sharpness and contrast as the sharpening and contrast adjustments varied for all. The key issues are the amount of detail rendered and any undesirable effects.

Checkerboarding

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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