I'm on a promise from my lovely wife that Father Christmas will be bringing me a D7000/18-105 kit to replace my trusty old D50.
Just a quick question. From reports I've read I understand that ISO performance is very good and noise levels at higher ISOs are pretty good. I like to shoot old building interiors like churches. Typically this is done handheld. In real world shooting performance what do you think I'm likely to be able to bump ISO levels up to? With my D%) with ISO starting at 200 I usually only go up to 400 and occasionally 800 but never above that. Any thoughts on what I might be able to get away with using the d7000?
Thanks Brian, that's the kind of confirmation I was hoping for. This will help a lot as often is impracticle or socially unacceptable to start setting up a tripod. I'm guessing that I wouldn't need more than 3200. Derek
I capture images all the time at ISO 1600 and don't think twice about it. The D7000 performs extremely well at 1600, so I would imagine that going to 3200 or 6400 is going to yield very acceptable images.
If your shots are typically of static subjects (no people in the old buildings), you'll have another big advantage. Your profile suggests you aren't presently using any lenses with VR. The 18-105 is a VR lens that will allow you to shoot at much slower shutter speeds than with the non-VR lenses you have now. That will allow you to use lower ISO values. Coupled with the dramatically better high-ISO performance of the D7000, I think you are in for a delightful experience!
Hello Derek, good evening: You are going to love the performance of the D7000 sensor in low light situations... I would like to share some images with you showing what kind of expectations you would be able to tackle with your new camera... please step into my gallery and open the Finding Nemo challange and please have a glimpse of what you would be able to do with your new gear... almost all shots were taken with ISO's of 800 and above, opinions and tips are always welcome... ENJOY!
Sounds like you are gonna be pretty well covered on ISO with the VR lens. But if you needed to push further without a tripod, have you considered a monopod? Relatively quick and unobtrusive setup. I've been considering getting one myself.
Tue 11-Dec-12 08:34 AM | edited Tue 11-Dec-12 08:37 AM by MasterDabber
ORTHOZAC, Thanks for your reply. I've just looked at your Finding Nemo gallery. I think they are great and they illustrate the low noise on the D7000 very well! Thanks
Lissajous, I hadn't really thought about a monopod but it might be worth considering in the future. I guess I'll see how I get on once I've got my hands on the D7000. I seem to be reasonably successful with keeping still when handholding with my old D50 so with the performance gains on the D7000 i'm hopeful. Derek
>I seem to be reasonably successful with keeping still when >handholding with my old D50 so with the performance gains on >the D7000 i'm hopeful.
Yeah, somehow I've always gotten by without. Even before VR. When pushing the limits I just take many more exposures so I can discard the blurred ones. Three deep breaths and hold the last while you shoot helps too. Doesn't work for sports but for indoor architecture where the scene is static I never cease to be amazed at what a dozen attempts can achieve. Even one second exposures can work handheld. Of course, you don't really know what you have until you later get a chance to check on a big screen but I've had some amazing results by just taking many frames. Not a reliable solution I know but sometimes...