Mar 21, 2012
...how well the D3/D700 hold up against the D4/D800
Downloaded the raw files, converted them in CNX standard without sharpening, no noise reduction. Exported as tiff to LR3 for the noise reduction at ISO 6400 and above. Noise-wise, the D3/D700 are still very good when compared to the D4/D800 downsampled to 12MP. It's a pitty that the D3 is shot at f/8 and the others at f/11, as this prevents some additional comparison.
Also impressive how the D4 and D800 go neck and neck at ISO 6400 considering noise and resolution.
But the main point is that the D800 looks like a no-brainer for amateurs like me. Fantastic dynamic range, resolution, and noise performance. This is beyond my expectations.