I can understand your aversion to PP. It is indeed a pain to have to shoot in RAW and then having to PP it. But I know that there are a lot of photographers out there who PP routinely and consider PP an essential part of their workflow. I do PP too, but only for situations where I need to get the most out of my camera. These usually are low light situations. Otherwise, I always make it a point to shoot in JPEG. It is faster to transfer, faster to view thru image browser, and easier to handle generally. If u have to ask me, I think that I PP only less than 5% of my images.
If u hate to PP, what u should do is try to tweak your camera settings until what u think will give you the best output. If having done all this and u are still not happy, then considering another system is quite a reasonable thing if u have the means and u are at your wits ends.
I would think that 3 systems MIGHT help you. But remember, every system has their cons too. I have been told that indeed Nikon colours can be much punchier. Also, as an Oly user, I have very rarely, as mentioned before, found the need to PP the JPEGS. Third possibility, is perhaps Sony. I have also been told that Pentax gives very rich colours too. There is no way out of this. If u change system, u have to relearn all the faults of each system again. Consider this decision carefully.
1 - Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
2 - Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
3 - Canon 50mm f1.4 USM
Did consider buying a L lens to get better images but using a crop body and I mainly shoot Landscape. I guess I am giving up the thought as it is not so wide enough. Unless I go buy ultra wide angle.
Last edited by qingtian; 17th October 2009 at 10:29 PM.
Check your settings. I think you left your saturation/contrast to low.
Your 500D has the newest Digic 4 sensor. Even old tech such as the EOS D60 can produce great shots.
TS, tried and rent another camera from another brand. If it is really the case, change the system.
However, have u tried ensuring before u take the picture, is the lighting at that time at the best that can bring out the colour? Some great shots u see are done when the photographer waited for the best lighting before press the shutter.
If what u say about 500D is true, I guess canon would have close shop long time ago.
Last edited by JW73; 17th October 2009 at 10:22 PM.
You will understand your problem better if you shoot a roll or two of trans.
No necessary the best gears in class will produce the best output but of cos I do believe that there is a certain advantages over here. But good photographer can make wonder even with a PNS or without any PP which I am seeing over here in some of the post on the net or clubsnap.
Could I trouble you to share your picture style setting which I could give it a try on my 500D? Of cos diff ppl diff taste at least I have something to kick start with. In fact I didnt set my saturation to max but rather increase it setting with +1.
Anyway thanks for your valuable post! =)
Nope I tried use default setting and also slight increase it saturation/contrast
BTW I did saw beautifully work produce from 40D and they are great!
shoot with tripod using remote. checking the correct shutter speed, f number, ISO, exposure before taking the shots. Avoiding using the Internal Flash...
Not saying Canon 500D is no good, blah blah is better. Maybe more in a dilemma to either upgrade to 7D or to other system will be better. But of cos at the end of the day the factors is still the person who is taking the shot.
Last edited by qingtian; 17th October 2009 at 10:41 PM.
I also notice that my nightshots seem to be better than dayshot...
Of cos the images are PP through lightroom...
Last edited by qingtian; 17th October 2009 at 10:59 PM.