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Tacoma, US
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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Sun 15-Sep-13 05:25 AM

Well, at least as far as high ISO is concerned.

I took my D800e out for the first serious shoot with a Sigma 300-800 f/5.6. Our local nikonians group went to a wildlife refuge with the intent of shooting some birds. The weather was predicted to be sunny early in the day, but we ended up with dim, dull gray (Welcome to the PNW!).

So, with the ISO set to Auto and the minimum Shutter speed set at different times to 1/400, 1/500, 1/640 and 1/800, the shots above 1400 ISO were really bad on noise. 1400 was marginal, the lower the better, but in that light I don't think the camera ever went below ISO 640 on a usable shot.

This is at ISO 4500, 1/500, matrix metering and a crop of about 20% of the original image.

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This one is at ISO 2500, 1/500, matrix metering. This is a crop of about 1/6th of the original image.
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You can see some of the better images in the chapter gallery for this shoot: https://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/25439

I love the D800e at ISO 100 and up to 800, even 1000. It might have done the job today in good light, but today would have been a better day with the D3s on duty. Horses for courses.

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