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Old 12-12-2007, 03:59 PM
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D3 first batch of images

I have not been playing much with my D3 since receiving it last week the reason being I do not have CS3 to view the RAW files. Of course I can process them with Capture NX that came with it but I have never used NX before and was resistant to use it until recently.

The reason why I got the D3 is that it may allow me to explore available light photography where my D2x will fail miserably. Boy am I pleased with the outcome so far!!!

Got my "guinea pig" to pose a couple yesterday. It was drizzling and the lighting was bad. To add drama to the lighting I closed the curtains and just opened a gap to let some light through. When I metered @ f2.8-3.2 at shutter speed 1/50-80s the ISO required was 800-3200. Yes, this was what I wanted where I know my D2x will not perform. Meanwhile turned the in-camera High ISO NR Off/Low and shot a few. Note that this is not a showcase of portraiture and not to show high ISO performance of the D3 directly. It was more to show what the D3 can do for me in my hobby.

My impression? Now I can really play with (very low) light! Yipeeeee!

Here goes with some. Note again these were at f2.8-3.2 at shutter speed 1/50-80s ISO 800-3200. I have added the pink umbrella for colours so that I can look at chroma noise as well. No noise reduction done. Also note that I have processed them the way I usually do them which, if anything, will increase the noise.

ISO 800 In-camera High ISO NR Off


ISO 1600 In-camera High ISO NR Off


ISO 3200 (NR to Low)
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:04 PM
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Doc.. good comparision and photo.. love it...
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Canon system for sale, PM me ...
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wahh got your daughter to be model again..like my fren went on holiday his wife n daughter will be model..hehe. wow 3200 iso n the noise is like iso200 i think..was thinking to get d300 or d3..after looking hehe. only thing about d300 is the crop factor thus can work with shorter lens.

again thanks for sharing. iso3200 can go alot of place already.
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thanks for sharing, is a dream camera for many people.
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Great effort maximising the noise to show how great is the noise control.

Canon system on sales now.. anyone?
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Doc, you're killing the Canon faithful!

The high ISO capability adds a different and welcome capability when taking pictures.
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Thank you guys for your inputs. I don't want to get into an argument as to which system is better as we all know eventually better and better cameras will be offered into the market from both sides. That aside this D3 is one fantastic camera from Nikon. Imagine without noise reduction one can actually use ISO 3200 at decent shutter speeds and maintaining its characteristic colours. Add noise reduction during PP into the equation and you have one camera which one can use in almost any situations without flash. How enticing for those into available light photography!
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Doc, you're killing the Canon faithful!

The high ISO capability adds a different and welcome capability when taking pictures.
I got a feeling someone's gonna add D3 to his collection soon!
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I got a feeling someone's gonna add D3 to his collection soon!
The force is strong...by this weekend I heard!
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