>>I think it's somewhat unproductive to analyze >ISO-stressed >>snapshots, and certainly a waste of time IMO to spend any >more >>than a few moments on them in post (unless there's >something >>important in the shot). > >I tend to agree, this post was meant, since the beginning, to >be a nitpicky, tech-nerdy post, not a condemnation of the >D800.
I don't think anything you've posted is being read as a condemnation of the D800 at all. It just all read to me exactly as you put it - a tech analysis. What I'm really nattering about, I think, is that the sample photos showing areas of concern are throwaway snapshots. Give me a good tech analysis any day at all, but I think I'm pushing to spend our collective Nikonians time on the technical analysis of some photos worth salvaging in the first place. That sounds a bit harsh, I know.
>At any rate, thanks for the quick reply and a clarification of >your perspective. I did take your comments as adversarial, >and I apologize to you.
Thanks. No worries and forget about it.
We should start a thread about the specific range of circumstances in which ISO limit/sensor-stressing is actually worthwhile in terms of notable photographic results. I'd love to see someone make a really great composition shot at ISO 20,000 or 25,000 that is good enough to make us ignore any visible colour casts and noise and just appreciate the photo. And maybe that's a hint at a shooting project for me this coming weekend? I just wish I didn't hate tripods so much.
How about a forum on Nikonians dedicated strictly to ISO 12,800+ photography? Seriously. I mean all the top of the line Nikon bodies shoot way past any (so far) sane ISO. There have to be some Nikonians who are banging hard all night long on ultra-high ISO settings and I'd really like to see some of their best results.