I bought a D2Xs a couple of months ago and love it - amazing etc... as I shoot in high light levels most of the time I figured I wouldn't need to go much above 400 ISO and 98% of the time I was right. However the other day I had to shoot a school play. When setting up I realised that 800 ISO was needed. With trepidation I set up and shot away.
I was amazed by the quality at 800 ISO - especially after all I had read about how poor the performance was.
An example - D2Xs + Nikkor 80-200 AFD ED + Manfrotto 055 PROB f3.5 1/300 800 ISO
what do you guys think - is this what you guys have been getting?
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#1. "RE: D2Xs in low light..." | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 22-Mar-13 01:09 PM
This is fairly similar to what I get too. The D2x is definitely better than its Internet reputation. It also is definitely NOWHERE close to the later models, especially when ISO gets up into the sky...
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#3. "RE: D2Xs in low light..." | In response to Reply # 1Ned_L Charter MemberFri 22-Mar-13 02:50 PM
One of my good friends has a D2X and gets marvelous photos from it. He just understands its limitations and how to use it. He says that after ISO-1200 the noise really picks up fast.
We were at the Baltimore Aquarium a couple of months ago, and for that he left his D2X at home and borrowed a D4 from me. We needed an ISO of 3200-4000 there.
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#4. "RE: D2Xs in low light..." | In response to Reply # 0
Like the D200, it is not bad at ISO 800, and sometimes fine at 1600 depending on light. In terms of noise, it's at least as good as the D1x, but the color is better. The D1H is almost one stop better than the D200 at ISO 800 and 1600. The D1H falls apart after 1600.
For an 8x12 print, my experience from least to most noise of the older bodies is:
D1H > D200 > D1x
That's with roughly 2/3 stop difference (noticeable increment) between each. The D1H is virtually noiseless at 8x12 even up to ISO 1600 at times, if light is good quality and the exposure is accurate.
And it seems the D2x is the same as the D200 at ISO 800. I have no idea how the D2H and D2Hs rank; I've heard and seen conflicting evidence, and it also depends more on IR level for those bodies because their filtering isn't very strong.
I get pretty good results using bounce flash with the D200 up to ISO 1600. It seems the D2x is within 1/2 stop of the D200 at that ISO level.
The D2x also appears sharper than the D1x and D200 at ISO 800. The color rendition is far better than the D1x at this level, and maybe better than the D200. I really don't shoot with the D1x in low light anymore for these reasons. The D200 does a bit better, and the D1H better still. The D1x is mainly my outdoor/good light/fast action camera of choice due to the vertical grip and fast AF. The D1H gets used for lower light action.
Of course, this about what you get at 12,800 with a D3s. About 4 stops higher than the D200/D2x with the same noise. To me, 12,800 is pretty much the level I can't see going above frequently.
With a D200, underexposing ambient light by 1-2 stops at ISO 800 or 1000, and using bounce flash, buys me better image quality while keeping the image looking like natural light. Just a little trick for using the older bodies in really low light without resorting to really high ISOs. I have, of course, maxed out ISO on occasion in really low light or when this technique isn't the best choice.
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#5. "RE: D2Xs in low light..." | In response to Reply # 0
I try to never go behind 400 iso with my D2x.If the light is perfect and you are lucky some shots look great at 800 ISO but it's pushing the camera. The camera is magical up to 400 ISO but after...:That's why I bought the D4...
#7. "RE: D2Xs in low light..." | In response to Reply # 0
The D2x was the first Nikon digital body to achieve close to film-quality images. I agree that up to ISO 800 quality was excellent.
The only problems with the D2x are the D3, D4, D800…and now I can shoot at ISO 3200/6400 and achieve the same quality!
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