How far to push the ISO on the D800

Started Nov 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
Doublehelix Senior Member • Posts: 1,026
Re: How far to push the ISO on the D800
On the D800, of you're shooting raw, and prepared to process to the image brightness you want, and are happy not to chimp - then there is no point setting the D800 higher than 800 ISO, then you retain all the 800 ISO DR (in the form of much more highlight headroom). Set the shutter speed to what you need to handle shake and motion blur, the aperture to the widest you have and shoot away. The shots will look 'underexposed' but pushed in processing with the right tools they will look as good as in-camera processed at the 'proper' ISO, with the benefit of the extra highlight headroom.

Too far underexposed will produce blocked shadows which are not recoverable (there is no data to recover in a blocked shadow), so be careful not to push this concept TOO far!

I agree though that you can recover TONS of detail in dark shadows that I would never have been able to recover before getting the D800.

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