I seemed to find opinions leading to th D3s. So my question is: for shooting wildlife(mainly) in low light,which camera would offer the most and which is better for low noise? D4 is out of range(money) Thanks everyone for their info. Chris
For low light, I think the D3X is out of the question... the highest "normal" ISO rating is 1600... while you can go higher the Hi-1 or Hi-2 (3200 and 6400) you are going to see a LOT of noise, especially in low light.Those levels are not true ISO settings but "internal camera manipulations" to acheive those ratings.
The D800E, while having a 36+ mp sensor, which sounds great, also has its problems... even if you use a tripod for your shots in low light, if the wildlife moves and your shutter speed is not fast enough to catch it... such ultra high resolution will cause a lot of blur... the 800E doesn't have the low pass filter and as a result has increased problems with the possibility that moiré and false color will appear.File size will chew up memory cards fast, you will need an external hard drive to store the files, etc.(See the Nikon site for the pros and cons of the D800/800E)
I have the D3S and have shot in light that was extremely low(perhaps not as low as you may want to shoot in) and obtained very good results.
I think you may be better off with the D3S... higher ISO with very low noise, 9 frames per second ... a really true classic
Thanks for the info. I shoot a lot of birds,but other wildlife as well. I have a D200 so I know I will see a huge differance in cameras.I'm just very disappointed in anything of low light right now. Also my purchase will have to be a keeper for a long time. Chris
Mon 27-Aug-12 11:58 PM | edited Tue 28-Aug-12 12:04 AM by KnightPhoto
Not knocking the D3/D700, D3S, or D800/E in any way - all great in low light. In fact I just processed some D700 birds that were super.
But for reach I have been using a D7000 for almost two years now as Nikon's best DX sensor (at least until the D3200 I could say that). The D7K sensor goes very well until ISO 1000 for birding. Beyond ISO 1600 you need Nikon's 12mp, 16mp, or 36mp full frame sensors.
And if an announcement is immanent for the D600 or D400 then you will have even more options...
>Thanks for all the info.I know going with a full size sensor >I will be losing some reach.
That depends on what you mean by "reach". Many people (count me as one of them) equate "reach" to the quantity of pixels that any given subect will cover. In that case, the D800 has greater "reach" than any other FX camera, AND most DX cameras.
The DX format does not automatically increase "reach" - it all depends on your definition and the pixel count
I aso use a D3s for all of my wildlife shooting set at ISO 1600 and coupled with the F4 300mm and 1/4 extender. In the first two weeks in May I took 1868 photos in Yellowstone a few in fading light with good results. See my eye ball to eyeball shot of a ram in the wildlife file.