There is hardly anything that requires as much detail as aerial photos. You just want to see it all while pixel peeping. But there are also many obstcles to overcome:
- Photographing from 1000-1500 feet altitude through lots of air (potentially hot air)
- Lots of vibrations in the airplane
- 90-100 mph speed
- Lens and camera resolution limits
- Keeping shutter speed up requires higher ISO. The faintest bit of noise reduces fine detail.
- Using a zoom has advantages but may limit the image quality
Here is a sample image from the Nikon D800 with the 24-120mm f/4 VR zoom:
We just re-processed it with our commercial DOP_OptimalSharp V3 script and got quite amazing detail:
We process in Lightroom with very little sharpening to avoid any latent halos. Please remember all the challenges we mentioned above. Really good for such a wide range zoom.
Best you get the free demo version of OptimalSharp V3 (works on 2000x2000 pixel images) and try yourself.
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