Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Olympus dSLR

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Apr 18, 2013, 1:52 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
James Emory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay City, MI
Posts: 2,378
Default Gradation Feature On The Oly E-3

Can anyone explain more about this feature than the couple of words Olympus put in the manual about it? Does anyone use this feature, should it be left on Auto or Normal?
__________________
Olympus OMD-M5, HLG6 grip, Olympus 4/3rd 35mm macro lens, Panny/Leica 25mm, f1.4, Olympus 17mm, Canon Pro 9000 Mk II Printer, Canon MP990 Printer, Slik U212 Tripod, Manfrotto monopod, MMF3 converter.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Apr 18, 2013, 2:51 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
Posts: 6,483
Default

It's the same auto gradation used in all Olympus DSLR and Micro models and attempts to lift shadow values and increase dynamic range. The problem is, with any Olympus DSLR and Pen before the E-M5 and newest E-PL5 and E-PM2, Auto Gradation can add tons of noise in the shadow parts of the scene where the values are lifted. With the three newest micro models auto gradation is more useable than ever since the sensor quality is well beyond anything Olympus used before, but it's a dubious feature on any of the DSLR's in terms of benefit vs. noise costs paid.

My opinion would be to leave gradation on an E-3 set to normal.
Greg Chappell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 18, 2013, 4:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
James Emory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bay City, MI
Posts: 2,378
Default

Thanks Greg, much appreciated and will make sure it's set at normal.
__________________
Olympus OMD-M5, HLG6 grip, Olympus 4/3rd 35mm macro lens, Panny/Leica 25mm, f1.4, Olympus 17mm, Canon Pro 9000 Mk II Printer, Canon MP990 Printer, Slik U212 Tripod, Manfrotto monopod, MMF3 converter.
James Emory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 18, 2013, 5:01 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
Posts: 6,483
Default

You can always open an E-3 raw file in Olympus Viewer and change the setting from normal to auto in the raw converter of Viewer if you just want to see what auto gradation does compared to normal. On bright days and evenly-lit scenes the difference is minimal. It's when shooting in contrasty lighting with medium to deep shadows where auto gradation is most evident.....and at its worst.

Last edited by Greg Chappell; Apr 19, 2013 at 7:21 AM.
Greg Chappell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 19, 2013, 6:14 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
tkurkowski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,625
Default

Greg, that's an excellent example of a concise explanation.

Ted
tkurkowski is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 5:25 AM.