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Awful? ISO 12800? This is a JPEG...not that bad of one, either. Looks like easy cleanup to me if shooting RAW, which you should be doing 100% of the time when exceeding ISO3200 anyway. Sheesh, keep your D3s. I'm looking very hard at a possible D700 replacement, and this is looking increasingly likely to be an acceptable one.
RichRMA: Suggestion: We hear mostly that these lenses perform better on FF sensors than crop sensors, but how about a direct comparison? A 24mp DX like the Nikon D7200 versus a 24mp D610. Same shot, same subject, same distance. Then, crop and upsize the D610 shot and see how it matches up.
Your "sweet spot" argument doesn't really hold up well...I see many, many lens tests where DX tests out much worse than full frame on lenses designed primarily for full frame cameras. The data for this lens is no exception. Look at 600mm f6.3 and even f8...the DX is far worse. My 24-70 f2.8 lens is the same. Sharp wide open at pretty much every focal length on my D700, noticeably softer unless stopped down on D7000 or D7100. AF fine tuned on both bodies.
tallguy600: Used to own a D600, sold it, prefer the 6D by a margin and love the Wi-Fi implementation.No clue about that DP review of the D600, I find it misleading as the D600 was clearly a camera released too hasty without proper quality control. Using Lightroom 5, does everything I need, never touched the Canon software CD.
You can fix the green tint with one click in the white balance menu...set one click towards magenta, and the green goes away. Forever. That's ridiculous to switch brands for that. Better yet, shoot RAW, and who cares what the white balance looks like? Fix it in post.
iShootWideOpen: A better version of the D4S has been out a while, it's a 1DX. No "S" needed at the end of the X.
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Can't see anyone shooting at ISO 409,600. What's the point of this? Just because you can, doesn't mean it's needed.
RAW + JPEG...one (jpeg) out of camera, one (raw) for post processing to compare. Pretty simple, really. Shows why RAW is the way to go most of the time. Much better final image.
Sweet!!! And the MP count is not ridiculous. Looks like a gem!! ISO 204,800? Wow!!!!!
Considering the hardware, this is not bad at all. I'm sure comparisons to 4/3 cams will bear that out. My old D90 did not do this well at 6400, and that one was considered to be fairly good at higher ISO's.
Probably not going to do well with highlights on shots like this with +1EV and small sensor. Hopefully RAW's will have enough in them to recover blown out areas.
Ain't gonna get bokeh at 10mm and f4.5... Unless you're extremely close to your subject. Even then, it will be minimal. If you want bokeh, buy a FF cam! Then let's see how small your cam is compared to this one (not even close). Each has it's strengths and weaknesses as well as it's place in photography. I do not plan on buying one of these since I have both D7000 and D700, but it will be interesting to see what can and can't be done with this format. Kudos, Nikon!!