Long exposure night photos with the D600?
I am presently using the D90 and have been doing some long exposure night shots of the mountains - exposure time are from maybe 15 sec to 75 sec. ISO has not been very high between 400 and 800. Some samples of these images are given in the link below:
I was wondering if there would be better results if I upgraded to the D600. The lens used with the D90 was the 16-85VR.
I sometimes find that at 100% crop using capture nx2 and looking at the NEF file the mountains in the background are not pin sharp even though a tripod has been used. Not sure whether this is due to the long exposure because other shots in normal light are tack sharp?
Any feedback would be appreciated from photographers who may have used the D600 for night shots.
Thanks a ton
#1. "RE: Long exposure night photos with the D600?" | In response to Reply # 0JosephK Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Thu 24-Jan-13 05:50 PM
My first thought is that given the low light conditions you are shooting in, accurate focusing is going to be a problem. Obviously the smaller apertures will get you "acceptable sharpness" across large portions of the picture, you may be looking for better than "acceptable".
However, it should be noted that viewing at 100% is not a good way to judge sharpness. 50% might be a better option.
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#2. "RE: Long exposure night photos with the D600?" | In response to Reply # 1
#3. "RE: Long exposure night photos with the D600?" | In response to Reply # 2JETC Registered since 15th Jan 2013Sat 26-Jan-13 05:57 PM
From what I can see, the D600 does a really good job keeping noise down from high ISO use. Not sure how much more it'll get you better noise reduction performance since the ones you took seem to be nicely processed.