My D4 with a 80-200/2.8 AF-S Nikkor was fantastic for High School football under the lights. I used Manual exposure and Auto ISO at f/2.8 and 1/1000 sec and fired away. The ISO got to 10,000 to 12,800 by the end of the game but the images were great even when cropped.
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Thanks for the replies. Perrone you told me exactly what I wanted to hear. I shoot my D3s on auto iso and end up with a lot of images shot at 10000 and I think they look fine. But you're always thinking... Funny, I was lurking on a canon user site yesterday searching for similar threads and most posters were very condesending of anyone that felt it necessary to ever shoot over 400. I guess they have never shot night time sports. shayne
His shots appear to be a little warmer overall. Not sure if that is due to the sensor differences or personal preferences between you the the other guy (or the fact I'm looking at these on my work monitor). Other than that I don't see much difference.
I think there are a lot of reasons to look at the Canon system if you are not already heavily invested in Nikon lenses. But, to my understanding , high ISO performance is not one of them. Nikon's newest FX DSLR's are no more expensive than the 5D III, and they perform no worse at high ISO's.
If I were starting from scratch, I just might go for Canon because they make a couple lenses that Nikon doesn't have: 100-400 USM/IS, and 70-200 f2.8 USM (without VR, which I don't need, and which lowers the cost of the lens to a reasonable price). Nikon's 70-200 f2.8 costs too much, and the 80-400 is too slow focusing for sports.
I've always said that Canon makes a better lens collection for an avid amature, but their bodies leave me wanting. The D7000 is also better at high ISO than any of the Canon DX bodies.
Wow, great shots Perrone! Your WB was WAY better than his,but I know staff guys have to upload right away and can't always process. Do you ever do a WB test on site,(with a expo disc or white card etc) ordo you just fix it in post?