Why do we want to test the camera's white balancing capabilities?
Such an approach would make sense for a static WB setting. How many people are running around with grey cards? Yes, you do that in a studio environment but in a studio environment, you can recalibrate your WB at any time when changing a lens (and pros have multiple calibrated cameras anyway).
I continue to doubt that there's a "skin tone" topic in digital for the average mortal. If you find skin tones to be better or worse these days, it is a discussion about contrast in my opinion.
If "skin tones" were relevant, the same discussions would come up with landscape, architecture etc. pp - because "skin tones" is about color reproduction and that applies to everything.
Based on my experience, there are indeed substantial differences in color reproduction ... between cameras (their individual profiles) ... but not between lenses (in AWB mode).
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04-14-2018, 01:26 AM
(This post was last modified: 04-14-2018, 01:34 AM by toni-a.)
From colors I can easily tell which photo was taken my 50f1.4 at f1.4 or stepped down, colors are washed out with low contrast at f1.4, making photos barely usable.
Even though central resolution at f1.4 (if you manage to get focus right) is on par with 17-55at f2.8 the photos with 17-55 have better colors with higher contrast, And I guess this has nothing to do with white balance.
The white balance thing is for lenses with color cast maybe that was relevant for older lenses, I never saw any of it with lenses manufactured after I was born
04-14-2018, 11:47 AM
(This post was last modified: 04-14-2018, 11:48 AM by thxbb12.)
This color reproduction or skin stuff is just about a camera's default tone curve and LUT of the manufacturer (or Adobe, C1, etc.) for a given camera.
The exact same color reproduction can theoretically be achieved with any RAW file from any camera.
Now, the defaults of certain manufacturers/RAW file converter may appeal more to some people than others.