I've seen this mentioned in a few places, but I can't find anything conclusive regarding the apparent "improved HI-ISO performance" after the D2 firmware upgrade.
Since this isn't mentioned in the release notes, I'm curious as to what you all are seeing.
For me, I rarely go above ISO800, but it just so happened that I was fooling around over last weekend with Hi-2 as a way of getting grain in images destined for B&W conversion.
So I took some more shots this morning after the upgrade to see if I could notice anything.
Well, I couldn't see anything OBVIOUS, but then I opened a Hi-2 file in Nikon capture.
I usually have NR set to "normal" in the camera, but shoot RAW.
My Hi-2 shots from last weekend, when opened, get a NR setting of: Amount 25, sharpness: 6.
Since the upgrade, however, I find that NC is now applying Amount: 50, sharpness: 6.
I'm guessing the metadata tags are different in the new firmware.
Jason P. Odell
Jason P. Odell
Author, Moving to Lightroom: Image Processing and Workflow
#1. "RE: Hi-ISO/Firmware upgrade" | In response to Reply # 0Chippypete Registered since 16th Aug 2012Wed 14-Nov-12 09:34 PM
I've definitely noticed a difference. I always avoided anything above ISO 400 with my D2H and consequently missed lots of shots because I knew that the results would be far too noisy but after the firmware update, I never think twice about using ISO 640, 800 or 1000 but I still avoid anything above that unless I can't get the shot any other way.
My technique has improved quite a bit recently but I still think that the firmware update has a lot to do with it even though Nikon won't openly admit that they have improved high ISO performance.