Just bought D3 and was testing it out last night. I "think" I am seeing banding or some weird lines at high ISO settings of 3200 and higher. I will wait to say what and where the just to make sure it's not just me. Tried all settings and all custom settings, but still get it. JPEG seems to be less noticeable, but I only shoot RAW. I can exchange it, but of course I need it for shoot next week, and it needs to be returned by 7 days. Their turn around is 4 days, after my shoot.
Anyone see anything weird? *HINT* look in shadows zoomed a little
Could you be more specific about where you are seeing this banding? At 1200x799 pixels I am pretty sure I am seeing some artifacts of re-sizing and jpeg compression. But nothing that I would consider unusual banding, and then only at 200% zoom. The only lines I see are the shadows of the stair rails on the wall to the right of the stairway landing.
Try downloading the attached file and zoom in a bit. I can see a patterned series of vertical strips, just density strips, in the shadow areas, thinner and finer than those from the railing. It is very consistent and very close together. You can see them in other areas, but you have to really look for it. It is apparent to me especially since there is a blank wall; where I see it most.
I make large prints and I am afraid that this will be very noticeable to clients and on prints. It enlargers as I enlarge the image, and intensifies as I raise the ISO. It is non-existent from ISO 100-800.
Your web site is well done and displays some excellent images. You should consider posting some of the shots here. Were they captured with film or Nikon digital?
On the artifacts, can you show another example. I see the artifact you mention but wonder if you can replicate it with another image with a different color background. Also can you advise your work flow, software used? Perhaps we can try to replicate the issue if we know exactly how you got there.
>Hi Alan, > >Your web site is well done and displays some excellent images. >You should consider posting some of the shots here. Were they >captured with film or Nikon digital? > >On the artifacts, can you show another example. I see the >artifact you mention but wonder if you can replicate it with >another image with a different color background. Also can you >advise your work flow, software used? Perhaps we can try to >replicate the issue if we know exactly how you got there. > > Thank you so much for the kind compliments! I love what I do, that is for sure. I will post when I get some more free time once I figure out this camera issue. My stuff is a mix of digital and with film, a lot is 4x5 chrome and a lot of Polaroid imagery as well. Miss polaroid!!!!!
I will snap a few images of more random subjects/backgrounds. I used the nikon software, bridge and ADC, and lightroom as well. Tried NEF as well as JPEG, and JPEG seemed a bit less, but noticeable. It looks like very fine pencil lines, very consistent and even. It is more noticeable on solid colors, like walls.
I noticed it's not as prevalent as before, you can see it, but only if you really know what to look for. Maybe I just got unlucky and made the a few images of the absolute worst scene that the computer has to deal with: broad one toned shadowy areas that it tried to fix the noise and ended up making a pattern?
Thanks again. I know this is going to be the very first case of this; but want to make sure I am seeing things right.
That was actually FFN (Jim Troxell) that commented on Alan's website. I'm guessing he just googled "Alan M Thornton" which immediately pops up www.amtproductions.com. And, I must say Alan - I agree. You have some very nice images there. It would be nice to see some postings here.
Sat 15-Nov-08 04:35 PM | edited Sat 15-Nov-08 04:37 PM by FFN
Yep, that's how I did it. Sometimes I do this to determine the level of skill before responding to a post. In this case, Alan is a highly skilled professional photographer, so I was wondering if perhaps he is new to Nikon RAW conversion, but it is clear he would detect issues with an image.
have had my D3 for almost a year now and taken ~15K not had any banding issues with it. I suspect what you are seeing may be related to your particular copy or as other suggested problems with the RAW conversion (more likely)