Here’s Why I Think The Leica M9 May Be My Favorite HDR Camera
I find myself using HDR more often than not. It’s helping me satisfy clients who can only shoot in the middle of the day or in situations where the dynamic range of the image simply goes past the boundaries of the sensor. I am less interested in HDR as art than I am as necessity.
My desire to shoot most scenes as if they will be made via HDR (even when I am not sure it is necessary) comes from the ease with which my Leica M9 auto brackets.
Lots of cameras offer auto-bracketing, but the M9 seems to have perfected it. On some cameras, where I don’t use the feature as often, I might forget for a second how to implement the auto-bracket feature. But not on the M9. It’s set it and forget it.
Not only is it easy to set auto-bracketing on the M9, the auto-bracketing options are significant. You can set three, five or seven shots with 1/2 EV all the way to 2.0 EV between each shot. This wide range makes sure that there’s no chance you’ll miss an image for lack of dynamic information. Most other cameras I have tried are limited to three or five shots and many won’t let you shoot more than one full stop between exposures.
One of the problems with HDR/tone-mapping is that it tends to introduce noise into the finished photo. One of the advantages of the M9 is that it is a full-frame camera with almost no noise at low ISO and none introduced by an AA filter.
While there is no PERFECT HDR camera – for me, the M9 is my FAVORITE HDR camera. Do you have a favorite HDR camera? If so list it in the comments section. Thanks.