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D700: Why stop at ISO 6400?

Bob32

Chico, US
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Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Jul 2007
Fri 22-Oct-10 07:01 PM

I've had a D700 since early 2009 and have used it extensively at ISO 6400 to shoot indoor sports like volleyball and basketball. Recently I shot a volleyball game in a gym with an ancient lighting system where I had to use an ISO setting of 8,000. The results were good, and I wondered how far I could push the ISO setting and still obtain decent results.

Earlier this week I attended a high school Varsity volleyball match which was preceded by a JV match consisting of two games. (This particular gym has better than average lighting). I decided to use this occasion to see how far I could push the ISO setting. The first game I shot at ISO 10,000 and the second at ISO 12,800.

I used my 70-300 VR zoom with the D700 to shoot the four photos posted here. The first two shots were at ISO 10,000 (SS 1/640 at f/5.6) and the last two at ISO 12,800 (SS 1/800 at f/5.6). Noise Ninja was used to remove image noise.


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I wish I had conducted this test sooner! The results far exceeded my expectations. The biggest surprise was finding no more noise at ISO 12,800 than I normally encounter at ISO 6400! There seems to be a slight drop-off in image quality, but it isn't anything that I can't easily live with. Basically It looks like I have an extra stop of magic that I can extract from my emergency kit for use if the occasion requires it!

D700 owners who have not yet used ISO settings above 6400 may wish to explore this territory to reap the potential benefits to be derived therefrom. I'm already carrying on further explorations and so far am pleased with the results.

Comments are welcome.

Bob

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