Use it a lot. Like it a lot. Both in manual where I choose the shutter and the aperture. Or in aperture priority where I let the camera take care of the shutter speed within the limits I set in the auto ISO menu. Keep my eye on what the ISO is doing in the context and override if necessary.
I don't have a D700...yet... but use Auto-ISO on my D3, and I assume they work the same way. Great for shooting in manual, I pick how I want the image to look with Aperture and Shutter Speed, then let Auto-ISO do it's thing. Gives me what I want about 80% of the time I'd say.
I use it extensively, especially when shooting sports. In action like tennis, I tend to set the camera on manual, then set shutter speed and aperture. I then set the maximum ISO I want to work with, typically 3200 or 6400, in the Auto ISO menu. Of the D200, D300 and D700, this is the best combo of setting I have worked with.
For everyday shooting, or when speed is not critical, I tend to shoot with it on- since Nikon increased the minimum shutter speed setting in the Auto ISO menu, it has been more useable.
Now, if they would only add a setting for 1/focal length to the menu for the minimum setting, I would be very satisfied.....for now .
Interesting. I haven't tried it out on my new D700 yet - reason being that I have come from a D70, didn't like it because I could never see what the camera was up to, whereas with the D700 the ISO is displayed in the finder.
Basically, I use the auto mode permanently. With the very conservative settings for the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens of 1/100s min. shutter speed and 3200 max. iso I have yet to shoot a blurry or noisy picture. Once the shutter speed drops to below 1/100s I adjust the aperture.
I've gotten to a point where Auto ISO is the one and only automatic function I'll use (I gleefully began shooting my D700 100% manual ... but then I'm pretty weird about having total control).
I do check the ISO in the viewfinder, and if I don't like it (rarely), I adjust it by choosing what other variable (shutter speed, aperture, or exposure bias) matters to my creative efforts the least and altering that rather than getting off auto ISO and dictating ISO manually. Much faster; same results.
Really, if shutter speed and aperture matter, then the ISO is what I would change anyway to make the image ... it makes perfect sense to leave it on "auto" and only change it when there's a good reason.
This was a selling point for me when I bought the D700 and so far it has been even more useful than I thought it would. For weddings it is a godsend. Being able to specify the slowest shutter speed is one of the features the 5D mkII is missing in canon's implimentation of this.
But why oh why is there no 1/focal length with + and - !!?? Each time I change lenses I have have to dive into the menu. It would be very very easy to fix.
I use it almost all the time. I have the ISO auto settings set at maximum 6400 and minimum 100th sec. I shot a wedding at St. Thomas Church in NYC, where no flash was allowed the light is low. You might want to look at the two most recently added shots at http://www.pbase.com/lmmiller9/d700300_comparisons. This is the reason to buy this camera, in my opinion.
Actually, the photo makes it look like there is more light than there is. It is "unrealistic" in this sense. If you were standing there with your naked eye, and then looked at the photo, you would be surprised how the photo brings out more light. The D700 is definitely the tool to have in this situation.
I used it mainly in manual mode so, in essence, the mode becomes both a shutter and aperture priority mode. I can choose both the shutter speed and aperture I want and the camera will adjust the ISO accordingly.
I agree very much on the above comment about the need to be more granular in giving the ability to set the minimal shutter speed. The camera should allow you to do this by focal length. Although different, this vaguely reminded me of my old F801/N8008's "PH" program will selected a higher speed based on the focal length...
Agreed here with most of above. I was old school afraid to death of venturing beyond 400, 800 ... I've had D700 since August and the single biggest thing I notice that has changed the way I work is letting the Auto ISO do it's thing 80-90% of the time.
I don't even blink any more at 1600. 3200 can be equally good. Depending on what you're doing with the final output (crop, zoom, blow up really big) I'd go for it. Spectacular indoors. I've reduced flash use significantly because of it.
I lock my ISO down manually for most shots but when I know I'm going to be in a poor light environment I'll put it into auto-ISO. I prefer to keep auto-ISO max at 1600/45 sec but if necessary I'll up that too.
I have auto-ISO as one of my custom menu settings alongside non-CPU lens data (I shoot Zeiss ZF lenses) & virtual horizon.
I have used the auto ISO mode with my digital point and shoot camera but never with my digital SLR.
However, this week, I wish I had used it because I was in a shooting situation where my subjects kept moving from dim indoor lighting (ISO 2000) to bright outdoor lighting (ISO 200). There were times when I forgot to manually change my ISO setting.
>Just wondering how many of you like and use the Auto iso mode >in your D700. For me the jury is still out
I have seen a lot of high ISO photos produced by D700/D3. It seems to me the new way of photography is about high ISO and finally put tripods to the rest. To me, if I were the one behind the camera, many of those photos would have been taking at ISO 200 on a tripod instead of some fantastically high ISO numbers.
Some of the wedding pictures I have seen, if I were the one paying, I would be very ####. A VR lens (or IS in Canon terms) with a mono-pod at ISO 200 would have been better served, in my opinion.
In general, I agree with you. Shooting low ISO on a tripod will always give better results.
However, with the D3/D700 you have choice ... I recently visited the Royal Tyrell dinosaur museum in Alberta where everything was very low light. My D700 & Zeiss 18/3.5 were perfect because I could dial in -1.5 stops on AE, set the aperture as necessary and let the camera go 1/30 & auto-ISO. I could wander around getting sharp shots that I could only have hoped to get with a tripod before (which wasn't an option).
I am a friend of the couple. I am not a professional photographer. I volunteered to shoot their wedding and create albums as a wedding gift. Something I have done before. Unknown to me, they also hired a NY professional wedding photographer. He showed up with his Canon 5D. There I was with my new D700. To make a long story short, I created both the albums and an online album (http://tonyaandrogerswedding.shutterfly.com/).
I recently spoke with Tonya, the bride, and she told me that they were thrilled with the photos, albums and website I had done for them. I asked about the other photographer because I was curious to see what he had done in the hope of learning something. She through back her head, rolled her eyes, and said that they were very angry at him and were demanding money back and would not pay for any prints. According to her, all of his photos in the church were grainy and unusable.
OK, so maybe I should have used a tripod. Two points for the D700.
Other than formal shots it would be tough to use a tripod here. With the D3/D700 it's kind of moot unless you need long exposures.
As regards the pro-photographer - I feel for these guys these days since I think you need to turn up with an outfit that out-guns the guests. Today that means serious medium format digital and is certainly what I'd be expecting for quality if I were paying the bills. With respect to the low light & noise with the pro's 5D - obviously the wrong tool for the job or technically poor user error. At worst you'd think a pro would be able to shoot for the light and be able to fix decently in post prod - I mean, it's not like in-church low light shooting is a surprise condition for a wedding pro!
Nice job overall. I've seen a lot of pro weddings that are just plain ugly, badly executed and shot without any 'style' beyond that achievable by a P&S in the hands of a guest.
Nope, not referring to your pictures and have not seen them before.
What I referred to were ones I had seen from various sources including prints. None of those photos had any action/movement; they were all stationary or posted pictures (in-door and out door shots), yet with incredibly high ISO. And people looked like plastic cut outs and with no details.
I love it, but never try and use it with flash. It always reverts to the lowest ISO setting when you use flash and that is a problem is you are trying to include ambient low light. I just use it out and about with natural light only.
I use it and love it too. I hated it on my D80 because the usable ISO range was so narrow that there was basically no point. But with the D700's ability to go up to ISO3200 with basically no noise makes it very usable. So I set the max to ISO3200 and the minimum to ISO200 and use aperture priority or manual mode.
I did not know it reverts to the lowest end when using a flash. Thanks for pointing that out!
I, too, wish it could automatically set min shutter speed to 1/focal length, but that's why I put the shutter speed setting in "my menu" for quick changing.
I used it on a recent college football game shoot I did that started in the late afternoon and went into the night. Left it in auto iso up to 3200, put it in apeture and shot at 2.8 all night. I was very pleased with the results. If you want to check out some shots from the game.