Thought you might be interested in my first exprience of using my D800 in low light situations. This picture was taken at Wimpole Estate near Cambridge (England). You are not allowed to use flash or tripods. This is the larder in the house and it was in very poor light. Set the D800 to 6400 ISO and took a few shots. I must say i was very impressed. Previously have used by D300's for this and they cannot produce this sort of quality.
Image details: Nikon 24-70 f2.8, ISO 6400, f2.8 at 1/15 sec
Coming from my D300, I've found the D800 to be very impressive in low light. I now routinely use auto-ISO with the ceiling at 6400. With the new focal length consideration for auto-ISO, it's an incredible feature. While pixel-peeping at ISO 6400 shows noise, the noise is very film grain-like and doesn't detract from a printed image. I really do love my D800 (and I was always a huge fan of the D300). It's getting its AF adjusted at Melville this week, but I can't wait to have her back home.
Same here but I came from a D300s. I'm loving the auto-iso now that I can use 6400 with comfort.
Nice pic to show the high iso abilities of the D800
>Coming from my D300, I've found the D800 to be very >impressive in low light. I now routinely use auto-ISO with >the ceiling at 6400. With the new focal length consideration >for auto-ISO, it's an incredible feature. >-Alex Rosen >www.flickr.com/photos/klrbee25/
Nice picture Simon, it is a great camera you will enjoy it more and more.
I see you used Aperture (version 3.3 ?), then take a look at CORRECTION I wasn't aware of the auto NR reduction. That goes for my pictures posted in this thread as well, they all got a 50% NR automatically. The screenshot shows the auto settings:
>The full size version of the image can be downloaded from: > >
> >Note that this a 7360x4912 50Mb download > >Simon
Thanks very much Simon,
I took your full-sized jpg into Capture NX2, did about a 40% crop, sharpened in two passes - basically a typical torture test - resized to 1500 pixels wide (a size I common use in the small amount of theatre sales I do), and TBH the results look stunning, noiseless, and detailed!
Wed 20-Jun-12 11:38 AM | edited Wed 20-Jun-12 11:42 AM by RRRoger
When I first got my D800, I set it for Auto ISO high 0.7 and got lots of "good" photos. Recently, I changed to 6400 and get lots of "great" photos. I did not expect this from a 36MP camera and it is a huge bonus as I do not have to pick up a used D3s ($4000+) just for low light.
Your 50MB JPEG surprises me about the size. It must not be as compressed as the in-camera Large Fine JPEG at best quality. My largest has been 26MB so far.
I am looking forward to some low light photos at the California Academy of Science Aquarium today.
That's a gorgeous shot. In the original full-resolution file can you read the labels on the bottles on the shelf? I am guessing that hand-holding a non-VR lens may make that tough even if the D800 can resolve the details.
Thu 21-Jun-12 12:19 AM | edited Thu 21-Jun-12 12:19 AM by infamily
Thanks for posting, your shot encouraged me to experiment with high ISO. I have always kept auto ISO max at 3200 even when I owned d700 but now I am thinking to move upto 6400 given the auto shutter speed option . Here are couple of shots, both hand held 24-70 lens set at 38 mm F4. First one is at 3200 ISO, 1/10s and the second one is at 6400 ISO, 1/25s
I can only confirm, following pictures are taken with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, D800E. Chenonceau castle, Loire region, France. Only at home I saw how incredibly good and tolerant the D800/D800E is, and what a dynamic range! Strange, but it's the first time I see noise having charm... Marc
Cropped (2049x1366=2.8 MP), ISO 6400, 24mm, 1/40, f/4.5, tripod The white "scratches" (in fact painted lace) are also on the original, they are not artifacts.
Cropped (1885x1250=2.4 MP), ISO 6400, 24mm, 1/20, f/6.3, tripod
Cropped (1400x1400=2.0 MP), ISO 6400, 24mm, 1/13, f/6.3, handheld, but leaning against the wall of a staircase towards this kitchen, from this picture:
I've found the D800E to be even better at high ISO shooting than the D700 - and that still is a great low-light camera. So far I find that I can shoot at up to ISO 800 without having to do much if any post noise reduction. At ISO 800 I can just barely see noise in the shadows viewed at 1:1. A slight NR in Lightroom removes even this fine-grain noise with no sharpness loss. At up to 6400 ISO, LR4 still removes any noise with little sharpness loss if any. Higher than that and I use NIK Dfine2 in PS to remove noise without losing sharpness - but that generates huge PSD or Tiff files compared to Raw.
I seem to find myself shooting at rather higher ISO settings with the D800E not only because of low ambient light but due to concern for maintaining sufficiently fast shutter speeds to avoid camera motion blur - which is very real and noticeable with this camera. I now use a 1/2 X focal length minimum hand-held speed for all my non-VR lenses. Whereas you can correct for noise in post with a variety of tools, there's not much you can do at present about camera motion blur.
There's also the idea out there that with the D800/E, lenses should be stopped down to the sweet spot aperture in order to obtain the sharpest results. When I first got the camera I was so conscious of this that I was shooting everything at F/8 or so. This further pushed me into those high ISO settings - especially in low light conditions. It also seriously limited my shooting. Now I just shoot the D800E with any aperture I need and don't concern myself too much about the ISO. I only really worry about that camera shake - which I can do something about - and of course the usual things such as dof and critical focus.