5D Mark II (2009) vs. Chinon CM4s (1980) – or “How to Waste 2 Days of Your Life”
Just for fun, I thought back to my childhood days and make a Velvia Fujuzrome roll through my first SLR, the “oh-so-basic” Chinon CM4s. This camera only has a free wheel, a speed dial, an auto timer, a manual focus and a trigger button … In terms of creative control!
The exposure with the Chinon is made with three LED lights on the back of the camera … red top = red = overexposed low green, underexposed and medium = correct exposure … simple!
The idea was to compare my first SLR with my current DSLR. I wanted to compare the quality of the images taken with two cameras that use the same ISO and the same exposure and the focal length of the lens.
All the images below were taken at exactly the same time, mainly using exposure values taken from the 5D Mark II, ie I would like to have a photo with 5D Mark II, then I put the Chinon in the same exposure.
The first thing we noticed when taking a movie for the first time in almost 10 years, is how I was aware of the cost every time I pulled the trigger:
An exhibition running Velvia 36 50 = £ 6.79 ($ 10.50)
Processing and shipping = £ 12 ($ 18.60)
This gives a “cost per click” of 0.52p or 0.81 cents … do you think more about each shot if every digital photo you have taken cost a lot? This really hit the mark and I realized the amount of photos I take in this digital age … too.
For weddings in the 1990s, I used about 8 film rolls of 35 35mm exposures and 3-4 put the 120 films, around 320 total exposures for the whole day. The couple would end up with 40 on an album and that was it!
Today, it is very common for a wedding photographer to take off more than 1000 images in a single day, some reaching the kings of 3-4 thousand photographs. Most derive this number knowing that they are supposed to end up with a good proportion of acceptable “guardians.”
Turning back the movie, I realized how much I was going to take a single image. I would like to think that I was filming, how light would affect the shot, what would be the best setting and so on. To be honest, I do it with digital when I can, but above all I like the speed and the immediate results that digital gives us … I’m very anxious to say the least, but I know I have to slow down more and everything I’m doing .
The most fun thing that happened was that in almost all decisions are taken with CM4 Chinon, you instantly looked at the back of the camera to notice a black plastic hard shell on the LCD should “be”!
Focus was great fun because I like to concentrate when I have time … When I take photos for example, I run a manual focus 99% of the time, so I feel really good at this.
Let’s see some photos.
I must admit that I have not looked too much for interesting topics, I just wanted to find situations that differ in each shot to make a wide range of comparisons, the more I wanted to make the most of the good time we were breaking up.
There are about 15 shots I have not included because I made a lot of school mistakes, like forgetting that I had changed the settings of the 5D Mark II between shoots. Also, I fool used the 5D Mark II with a polarization filter for some shots that reduced light giving a slower shutter speed. When I used the same settings on the Chinon, they were extremely overexposed … Doh!
He showed me the importance of checking his camera and he always knows the parameters he has. The Canon is set to ISO 50, neutral image style and RAW for all lower levels.
Another thing I noticed, which is extremely relevant is that the quality of the 5D Mark II files during an exhaustive consultation was much better than the slide film with the Chinon and processed in a lab.
I do not know if this was due to technical processing, conversion to JPEG or poor camera quality, but the difference was huge. As for how each camera handles the lighting …