How does the D3 achieve such high ISO?

Started Feb 17, 2008 | Discussions thread
Scott Larson Veteran Member • Posts: 6,998
Re: Easy: large CMOS sensor, large pixels and good electronics

bullet1 wrote:

Is the buffer not large enough or the RAW processing slowing you down?

Yes and yes.

If you are shooting pro basketball games with ceiling/catwalk mounted
strobes, you really cannot shoot faster than the strobe refresh time.
It would be like 1 to 2 frames per second.

I'm not doing that.

If you are shooting with existing light, the buffer still
should not be a problem unless your style is machine gun all the
time. I tend to time my shots at the right moment and get 2 or 3 in
succession. The buffer is never a problem with shooting 100% RAW.

I've had much more success with the machine gun style. Too damn much happens in basketball in a tenth of a second. Also I can never predict what's about to happen.

If the RAW process is slowing you down, you don't have the right RAW
processor. Capture One Pro can load, adjust and process a large
number of files in a hurry.

Not on my laptop.

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