I think CCDs are ALWAYS the best, so I’m selling all my CMOS cameras
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now… I’ve taken a lot of images on CMOS camera sensors, mostly my whole career actually, as almost every camera in the last 5 years has been fitted with a CMOS sensor. So why do I want CCDs back in my life?
It all started with the old but golden Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro, based at the time on the Nikon D100 with battery grip. The FinePix S3 Pro took my breath away the first day I took pictures with it, and that was because of its marvelous Fujifilm SuperCCD SR II sensor which was developed by Fujifilm at the time. And the images it provided were fantastic.
This marvelous camera, despite its quirks, can still to this day produce stunning images with incredible full range that, in my opinion, simply cannot be captured by the latest CMOS technology today. Take a look at the pictures above and tell me I’m wrong…
My most important point about CCDs is that if they were so bad, why does Hasselblad still make cameras with CCDs? I was lucky enough to use a Hasselblad H5D with a 50 megapixel CCD some time ago and the photos it produced still stick in my mind today, they just produce better colors, make your images look better overall, without the need for editing or boosting color like many of us do with newer CMOS sensor cameras.
How my recent love for the humble CCD was rekindled by trying out a Leica M9 – an 18-megapixel full-frame camera that’s equipped with a beautiful CCD sensor that produces colors I haven’t seen since shooting a movie. slide film or the Fuji S3 Pro, still not as dynamic, but it’s very close!
With this new found love of the M9, and the images it produced, I knew out there and wanted to go back to a CCD sensor, yes CMOS has higher ISO ratings, you can produce higher megapixels, etc. , etc., but I knew the CCD was calling me back and so I did, I came back!
Now equipped with my Leica ME, which is an M9 with a few less features (after all, less is more), I enjoy taking pictures again and love the results it produces. The blues have that deep richness and the greens are crisp like the old Fujifilm Pro 400H films used to watch, God rest his soul.
But thanks to the Leica ME’s 18MP CCD I’ve now decided that’s all I need and so my Nikon D800s have to go, they’ve served me well over the many years of ownership and yes, they take great photos, but the Leica’s CCD takes it better in my eyes, the tonal latitude is more like a Kodak Portra 400 shot, but it’s digital and saves me a ton of money!
A CCD sensor suits me better, and maybe I’m living in the past, reminiscing about the past while all the CMOS enthusiasts laugh at me, but I’m happy with it because I enjoy my photography, and it That’s why we all start in the first place, because we appreciate it.
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