Tray Ratcliff Nikon vs. Sony experiment
Tray Ratcliff is a travel/photo blogger with a large following. In the past he has been a big Nikon fan and most recently using a D800. However, his recent post indicates he is switching roles of his backup camera, a Sony NEX 7, with the D800 and will post his findings. He has also created a long but entertaining video review of the NEX 7 with some other well-known photographers.
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NEX 7 video review:
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#1. "RE: Tray Ratcliff Nikon vs. Sony experiment" | In response to Reply # 0Captain Rich Nikonian since 25th May 2006Sat 18-May-13 01:21 PM
Can anyone here who owns a NEX7 comment on high ISO performance? I routinely shoot up to ISO 6400 with my D700 when I travel, and I've come to rely on that capability. But I've also come to dread carrying the kit around. Thanks.
#2. "RE: Tray Ratcliff Nikon vs. Sony experiment" | In response to Reply # 1FFN Charter MemberSat 18-May-13 02:46 PM | edited Sat 18-May-13 05:57 PM by FFN
You will find DXO Mark gives the D700 an ISO rating of 2303 and the NEX 7 gets 1063.
In actual use, I found the difference not so visible.
If you use the Sony "Handheld Twilight" mode where it combines several shots made in rapid succession - no tripod needed as it stitches them flawlessly, the NEX 7 will equal or better the D700 noise at very high ISO.
Below are comparison shots of different scenes (sorry I do not have any identical subjects) shot at ISO 6400 with both cameras. The lighting was very low for both and the Sony shot was in much less light. Sony = glass pine tree, Nikon = wine bottle. 100% crops follow each shot.
For travel, for me it is an easy decision in favor of the NEX 7. Not only for the size but also for the built-in panorama and HDR paint modes.
For some reason I am having a difficult time uploading the NEX 7 100% crop. I get an error message that I exceeded the daily limit although I uploaded only 3 images. I will log out and try again. If I am not successful, I will upload the crop tomorrow. What a pain!
Incredible but when I try to upload the 800X533 100%, 205K, crop of the NEX 7 image, I get an error message that it exceeds the maximum size of 1200X1200 or 300K. This is not the first time I have seen these bugs in uploading. I will post it in another post.
Click image to see full size 100% crop. In some ways, I prefer the noise reduction in this shot to the wine bottle nr.
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#3. "RE: Tray Ratcliff Nikon vs. Sony experiment" | In response to Reply # 0
I've owned an NEX-7 for a while and have used it on trips where I was doing more casual photography. It's worked great for that, and I'm pleased with the results. I don't think I'd do what he's planning, but what you use comes down to individual preference rather than absolutes. I have a trip to Vietnam and Singapore coming up in the autumn and while the NEX-7 will likely go along as a lightweight alternative (really nice some days), my primary camera will be my D800e.