>Stan -- I respect your findings and wonder how you feel about >the D800 at higher ISOs. I shoot the D700 for a lot of news >photography, including indoor sports and am just blown away by >its ability to operate so noise free at 1600, and relatively >so at 32 and 6400. I'd like to know what you feel about those >ISOs on your D800. I don't need astronomical ISOs -- the >25,000 and above. But I have had reservations about 6400, >which I need in at least two locations I often shoot where I >shoot basketball at 6400 and get 1/250th at f4. Thanks in >advance.
I'm having some fun today, processing D800E which I shot in theatre for the first time last night. The first image I selected to show is my daughter at ISO 6400 to show a bit of questionable noise in handling of blue/pink background, it's more noticeable at full size on my computer. I believe my D4 will beat this when I return to shoot another performance. At 1200 pixels wide you can't really see the problem but it's there and would require selective noise reduction.
Then the next image is another actress at ISO 8000 which is more pleasing with black background - Nikon FX cameras have been handling black backgrounds very well for a while now.
I purposely used Jon's tip to up the sharpening amount and reduce the radius (78, 2, 4) which is very high for Capture NX2 and high ISO situations! Basically I wanted to give noise a torture test by sharpening a lot. No noise reduction attempted.
On balance I'd say very good (who am I kidding, a year ago I would have died and gone to heaven with this type of output) and from memory, much better than my D700 which also had some trouble with blue backgrounds. I liked to keep my D700 to ISO 5000 if I could for this reason.
Anyhow, last night was a test and am enjoying processing today. I've only processed 3 photos so far and am only a third of the way through culling so lots more to do.
Third one is just a nice image of my daughter - this one happened to be ISO 8000, and surprises the heck out of me! Hmmm the D800E may be decent after all for these type of wide shots in theatre, looking promising here at early stages...
BTW am also using both these cameras for video in theatre now and so far very good on a different play that I filmed (D4 at 2.7 crop mode with 70-300 for tight composition and D800E with 70-200 at normal crop for wider stage view) . I shoot them both concurrently which can be a bit of a challenge, and intercut them in post. Will be videoing this play on Wednesday night and looking forward to it!