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Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800

bclaff

Vancouver (WA USA not BC Canad, US
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bclaff Awarded for multiple contributions for the Resources Registered since 26th Oct 2004
Sat 10-Mar-12 02:25 AM

I got ISO 50 and ISO 100 NEF files for the D800 so with only ISO 200 missing I now have a more complete picture.
Great read noise values and updated PDR estimates.

See the results on the charts at my site.

Low ISO performance is outstanding. The best Nikon so far.
High ISO performance still looks great. Several cameras are clustered together.

Note that I have a little less confidence in the high ISO estimates for the D800 than for the low ISO estimates.
Don't read too much into small gaps between cameras.


Bill

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#1. "RE: Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800" | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sat 10-Mar-12 06:32 AM

For all those insisting that the D800 could not possibly be as good in low light as the D700 are not going to believe this data either.

That is OK, it just means they will be not be taking delivery slots that somebody who deserves one that much faster:>)
I am sure some Canon product managers are getting nervous.

I am starting rethink my D4 choice, the D800 and its price are very tempting.
Stan
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bclaff

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#2. "RE: Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800" | In response to Reply # 1

bclaff Awarded for multiple contributions for the Resources Registered since 25th Oct 2004
Sat 10-Mar-12 12:22 PM

Stan,

It certainly doesn't look like ISO performance would be a good factor for choosing between the two; unless you need stellar low ISO. There are many other differences of course.

Regards,
Bill

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#3. "RE: Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800" | In response to Reply # 1

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sun 11-Mar-12 10:44 AM

>For all those insisting that the D800 could not possibly be
>as good in low light as the D700 are not going to believe this
>data either.
>

>I am starting rethink my D4 choice, the D800 and its price are
>very tempting.

Since the last time I checked, the D4 has dropped (what I would call) significantly below the D3S at high ISO?

And the D800 leapt ahead of both the D4 and D3S at high ISO?

Not sure what happened, did the D4 drop or did the D800 increase or both?

Thanks again!


Best regards, SteveK

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bclaff

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#4. "RE: Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800" | In response to Reply # 3

bclaff Awarded for multiple contributions for the Resources Registered since 25th Oct 2004
Sun 11-Mar-12 02:02 PM

Steve,

The (e) curves are estimates.
All curves are subject to change as new data comes in.
The differences you are seeing are not significant.
They all look pretty tightly grouped at this point.

Regards,
Bill

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EpicDan

St. Paul, US
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#5. "RE: Photographic Dynamic Range - New low ISOs for D800" | In response to Reply # 0

EpicDan Silver Member Charter Member
Sun 11-Mar-12 05:00 PM

I like to put the D2X and D100 on-screen because I know them very well. They give me a sense of how the new camera handles.

It looks like the D4 will give improvements on the low end.

Daniel McGowan
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