Why trying to prove D800 same high ISO as D4?

Started Mar 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Dominique Dierick Veteran Member • Posts: 4,494
Why trying to prove D800 same high ISO as D4?

I wonder why people are trying to convince themselves (desperately) D800 high ISO noise will be on par or close to D4/D3s. When viewed at 100% it will definitely not be so - as far as I have seen from samples flying around here.

The camera which will come closest to D4/D3s in a smaller package is the Canon 5DmkIII - from what I have seen in the few raws on the net (no need to post the JPEGs from lousy 5DmkIII samples, which do not do that camera justice).

This can be good news (for Canon users) or bad news (for those hoping D800 to be the next D700). Yes, one can scale down the D800 image and get less visible noise, and yes, noise will look better if printed at similar, moderate scale as a D3s image, but it is not really close to D4/D3s. If you use the camera mostly for event/pj/concerts, I fear the heavy files are not going to make the photographer happy.

I have a D800 on order, but I am 100% sure I am not going to use it for that kind of work, huge overkill. The camera just isn't made for this imho. What do other event/pj/concert photographers think about this? Curious.

When high ISO and delivery speed is of major importance, my D3s will do the job.


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