Highest recommended ISO using the D800

Started Jun 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Andre Affleck Senior Member • Posts: 2,362
Re: Highest recommended ISO using the D800 = 1600

Jack Hogan wrote:

mmmmmmmm wrote:

Last weekend I shot a wedding with the D800 and 70-200VRII lens. I notice a lot of noise in the files using ISO3200. I was shooting at f2.8. Any suggestions?

Hello David,

Unless you need your images to look 'properly' bright SOOC, there is no point raising ISO beyond 1600, in fact by doing so you are giving up highlight headroom in exchange for virtually no improvement in IQ.

While in principle you are correct, in practice it can be a little challenging if you are aperture limited and shooting in low light, simply because it is hard to judge your previews if it is severely underexposed. It would have been nice if Nikon would have included an option to digitally amplify (auto adjust) the previews.

That said, we are very close to getting ISO-less cameras IMO.  An ISO-less camera would be one where no analog amplification would take place during raw capture, just digital amification post capture. So even though you may have an ISO set in the camera, the camera would essentially capture images at native ISO and just provide you a digitally amplified preview and embedded jpeg. Then all final ISO amplification would take place digitally in the raw converter when you develope the image. You would virtually choose your ISO after the fact.

This can almost be done now with the D800, if only the firmware was updated to support it.

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