Just got my d700. Love it. Ergonomics are great. Have come over from film and chose the d700 for the full size sensor. Just got it with a f/1.8 50mm lens and the battery grip. Can't afford any other lenses at the moment!
On getting the d700 ourt and playing with it in manual mode last night in my room (lit by one overhead tungsten bulb) i noticed that with the aperture set to wide open and the iso at 6400 i still needed shutter speeds of between 1/8 and 1/15 of a second. I was kind of expecting the d700 to work at faster shutter speeds at this high iso. Does this sound normal?
A couple of things: The D700 can only report on what data it is provided, so in essence, any camera in the exact same situation would expose the same. The D700 will do so at ISO6400 with much less noise.
Can you provide the EXIF data, it will allow for better understanding of what all the settings were.
Were you in Spot Metering mode and focusing on a darker object?
How did the histogram look?
How did the photos look, were they properly exposed?
Welcome to Nikonians! A single tungsten light bulb depending on the wattage and the light fixture does not put out a lot of light in photographic terms. What did you have the Aperture set at? To obtain a fast shutter speed when shooting in low light you must use a "Fast Lens" (f/2.8 Constant Aperture Zooms or f/1.4 Primes) wide open. Considering that the D700 can be pushed to ISO 25,600 or two stops above 6400 although digital noise will become an issue is amazing. If you tried the same test with a D70 or D70S the maximum ISO possible would be 1600 with a shutter speed between 1/2 and 1/4 sec. and the image would have significantly more noise than the D700 image at ISO 6400. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>... I was kind of expecting the d700 to work at faster >shutter speeds at this high iso. Does this sound normal?
Does the photo appear to be exposed correctly? If so, the answer is yes, this is normal. The D700 will have the same shutter speed as any other camera with a given lens aperture and ISO. The photo will just look a lot better (less noisy) when the ISO is cranked up.
I'm sometimes surprised by how dark things are indoors. Your eyes adjust, but your camera meter shows that compared with outdoor sunlight, even brightly-lit interiors are pretty dark.
Thanks for the replies. Having firther played with the d700 i'm not realising how sensitive it is and how well it performs in low light - I've got auto iso on now..with a default of 200 and then letting it ramp up when need be. I love it.