This is Kang, one of Lulu's buddies at the dog park. Kang, like a lot of the people who hang out at the park at mid-day, is retired. He was a champion racing greyhound who ran more than 240 races. In other words, he was good. He doesn't run a lot any more, preferring to loaf around, most days. Can't say as I blame him. One day he's going to feel like doing a little sprinting, though, and I'm hoping not to miss it.
I guess you could see this coming. The picture above is just a detail from this one:
Two dogs and a lot of air in the frame, and you can virtually count Kang's whiskers. The Sony A900's files are 6000 x 4000—actually a little more—which is a full 300 ppi print at ~20 x 13.5 inches. If you want to make big prints, this is for you.
I know I should really go look this up, but I'm exhausted after hours of throwing candy at trick-or-treaters—I think that 20-20, as in 20-20 vision, means that you see an object at 20 feet that people with theoretically perfect eyesight can see at 20 feet. So if you're 20-40 or 20-60 it means you only see as well at 20 feet as people with good eyes do at 40 or 60 feet.
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong about that, right?
Well, the point is, the A900 sees a lot better than I do. I think it's possible to have better vision than 20-20; if you see at 20 feet what other people do at 15, then you're 20-15 and you're ahead of the curve. You can be a fighter pilot.
The detail this camera has is massive. Torrential. Totally over the top. It's like Superman's X-Ray vision or something. It can render well-drawn, textured faraway objects—well, actually, well-drawn, textured faraway objects with their tongues hanging out—that to me and my trifling "naked eye" are just a distant blip, a brown and black smear, about like you're seeing in the lower illustration before you click on it to enlarge it. Quick, how many feet does he have on the ground? Just looking, I couldn't hope to know; the A900 sees. It extracts far more detail out of a scene than I can detect just by looking.
Admit it, you couldn't even find him right away.
This was taken with a 35mm lens. More about that tomorrow.
I'm half tempted to actually quantify this—do an experiment to see how much better the A900 sees than I do. Set up some visual targets 20 feet away that I can barely make out, and then back up to where the A900 can only barely make them out too. I have a feeling my vision would be about 20-200, comparatively. On second thought, I guess I won't do that experiment. Why make myself feel so inferior on purpose?
And before somebody asks, no, that's not the shadow of a dog humping my leg.
P.S. All these shots are raw processed in ACR. The details are screen shots from ACR.