For a month or two now, I’ve been working with a Leica M10 and PL4. During that time I’ve learned that it might be better to NOT allow the camera to adjust an image, but instead to do it in PL4. For example, White Balance. After fighting that for a few images, I just set the camera to around 5500, allowing PL4 to make any needed changes.
Presumably, my Nikon Df will be creating images in Nikon’s NEF format. My Leica on the other hand creates images in DNG format. I downloaded and installed Adobe’s DNG Converter app. That’s my next question, before I work with any of my images in PL4, or FastRawViewer, should I get into the habit of converting my NEF images to DNG? If I want to allow other people here to work with my images, the conversion should make it easier for others.
Finally, Nikon put a lot of “special stuff” into the Df. It’s not a professional camera, and it’s not a consumer camera. It’s a custom designed DSLR that has full manual controls in addition to the menus, and it “looks” and “feels” more like using a Nikon SLR. I’ve wanted one for many years - I had a choice of buying the Df new many years ago with 16 megapixels, or the D750 with 24 megapixels. Since at the time I was buying something for sports coverage, I went with the D750. Then early this year I searched out a like new Df from B&H, and in its way, it might well be my “favorite” camera. The Leica is much more of a challenge. The Df is capable of doing everything sort of automatically, but you guys (and gals) have taught me that I am better off using standard settings, and ignoring the built-in computer. Accordingly, I set the Df to sRGB, to 5500 white balance, turned off the lens distortion control, and turned off all the automatic functions that might improve my image. I’ll leave that for me to do, using PL4.
Maybe someone here can remind me why I’m leaving all those setting for me to do manually in PL4, when the computer in the Df is capable of creating a “perfect” raw image. Maybe my Leica wasn’t so great at White Balance, but the Df has enough smarts to do things like this better than I.
My goal for tomorrow is to go pelican hunting, with a long lens. The focus in the Df is set to lock onto the bird, and follow focus wherever the bird decides to go. I certainly can’t do that with the manual focus ring on the Leica lens. (The Df even has a built-in image editor - I didn’t know that until I watched the first of the two instruction videos. If anyone is interested:
Part 1, basic:
Part 2, advanced:
It’s probably the last of its kind, and how the enthusiasts at Nikon convinced the factory to make it, I’ll never know.