In the studio, the D700 was the only camera to produce a relatively light midtone, with the other two cameras hitting the middle pretty accurately. What this means is that shadow detail is retained better at default, at the expense of highlight detail (this can be seen best on the picture on the following page). Despite this, exposures are generally accurate. The a900 underexposed slightly more frequently than the SD Mark II, but this was only the case in tricky conditions, such as the images above.


None of the three cameras produces images with any objectionable colour or white balance issues, though there are differences. Typically, the lighter midtone on the D700 affects colour, while colour from the EOS 5D Mark II is excellent and vibrant, and without a doubt a strength of the camera. The a900 also showed very good colour, with a slightly warm white balance system. Under artificial lighting the D700 performed similarly to the D90 and D300 models, making the greatest attempt to neutralise colour casts.

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