Just a few high ISO images -D600

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mammothtarm Forum Member • Posts: 68
Just a few high ISO images -D600

I'm really liking this D600. Images are pretty clean for high ISO, at least much better than my old standby D300.

All shot with a 24-120 F4 VR, Shot in RAW then processed in NX2.

82mm, f4, ISO 1250, 1/40s

40mm, f5, ISO 6400, 1/25s

27mm, f5, ISO 2500, 1/20s

44mm, f5.6, ISO 6400, .0769s

86mm, f4, ISO 3200, 1/30s

86mm, f4, ISO 5000, 1/60s

85mm, f4, ISO 3200, 1/25s

31mm, f5, ISO 3200, 1/15s

38mm, f5.6, ISO 3200, 1/20s

52mm, f5.6, ISO 2000, 1/25s

55mm, f5.6, ISO 2000, 1/25s

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VadimOm Senior Member • Posts: 1,903
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

these are stunning!!!

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mothergoose
mothergoose Senior Member • Posts: 1,235
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

Very nice. The high ISO capability really opens up a new world. Did you use a tripod or were these shots handheld?

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gl2k
gl2k Veteran Member • Posts: 3,232
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

What is interesting that at ISO 3200 the images look very good but at ISO 5000 the loss in IQ is rather hefty. (background of female singer becomes very blotchy)
Seems that ISO 3200 is the magic number.

Brad Davis Regular Member • Posts: 236
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

gl2k wrote:

What is interesting that at ISO 3200 the images look very good but at ISO 5000 the loss in IQ is rather hefty. (background of female singer becomes very blotchy)
Seems that ISO 3200 is the magic number.

Well, this is at ISO 4000 which I think is still pretty good. Definitely see issues though at 5000. Very impressive though. (This shot was handheld with a 70-200 VRII.)

D Knisely Senior Member • Posts: 2,053
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

I think that is motion blur. It is 1/25th second, which is too slow.

I have taken a number of street shots @ ISO 6400 with fast enough shutter speed, and they are remarkable.

Doug

gl2k wrote:

What is interesting that at ISO 3200 the images look very good but at ISO 5000 the loss in IQ is rather hefty. (background of female singer becomes very blotchy)
Seems that ISO 3200 is the magic number.

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pcgeekesq New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

My wife and I were out at a park last night getting experience with our new cameras (hers: SLT-a57 w/ 18-270mm zoom, mine: D600 w/ 28-300mm zoom) and we saw a dark blob under a tree. After a lot of experimentation, I sat on the ground, held the camera on my knee, zoomed in all the way, and took a shot that, after processing with Photoshop Elements 5, revealed a black cat sitting in the shadow the streetlight and tree were casting. Good detail, eyes clearly visible though not shining, the JPEG was noisy, the raw file much less so. I was very impressed, because all the other cameras I've owned were always less able to capture low-light images than my eyes were. And I also saw the incredible advantage of shooting raw. The a57 shots my wife took weren't as good, but we both have a lot to learn about using these cameras. We are "super-poser" class snapshotters right now -- great gear, less great skills, but working on it!

Maybe ithe D600 isn't quite able to, as my friend joked, freeze a dolphin jumping out of the sea under the light of the full moon, but it is still pretty amazing. Night shots under a half-moon at the Red Center in Australia this December are going to rock!

Glen78 Senior Member • Posts: 1,411
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

This has been my experience with the D600 as well. For handheld photography I am perfectly happy to set my Auto ISO to go all the way up to 3200 and set my aperture and shutter speed at the optimal settings for the shot. Above 3200 IQ starts to degrade just enough to where I have to also consider compromising on aperture and shutter speed but ISO 6400 is still very clean. I think even ISO 12800 could be acceptable at full screen viewing sizes when processed from RAW.

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gl2k
gl2k Veteran Member • Posts: 3,232
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

Brad Davis wrote:

gl2k wrote:

What is interesting that at ISO 3200 the images look very good but at ISO 5000 the loss in IQ is rather hefty. (background of female singer becomes very blotchy)
Seems that ISO 3200 is the magic number.

Well, this is at ISO 4000 which I think is still pretty good. Definitely see issues though at 5000. Very impressive though. (This shot was handheld with a 70-200 VRII.)

The bg in your picture is less prone to high iso artefacts due to the black color.

It pretty much depends on the brightness and hue of the bg whether is looks good or bad.

OP mammothtarm Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

thanks. these were all handheld. VR works great!

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OP mammothtarm Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

yeah, I tend to like the 3200 ISO images myself. but between 3200-6400- a down-sampled imaged would be fine for me IMO. I'm just happy that I can get a decent image at 6400 if I needed to go that high.

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psoon Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

Thanks for sharing. I'd say virtually noise free in all the pics posted. The camera's WB handling is also top notch.

Philip S

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jfk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,043
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

Thanks for the great examples.

How well do you like the 24-120 on this camera? Does it balance well, or a bit front heavy? Have you compare it with the 24-85 kit lens, and if so, what is your take?
tx
jfk

OP mammothtarm Forum Member • Posts: 68
Re: Just a few high ISO images -D600

np. I had the lens on the D300 and it balanced very well. I would honestly say that the lens on the D600 is a little front heavy, but I got used to it. I'm getting the MB-D14 vertical grip today that should help balance out the outfit better and fit my hands better overall. I don't have the kit lens, but I can say that i'm really happy with the 24-120 F4 because of the IQ, constant aperture and VR. It's nice to hand hold at low shutter speeds. Not as nice as the 24-70 2.8, but great for a all around lens.

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Nikon D600 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Tamron SP 70-200 F2.8 G2
Biological_Viewfinder Senior Member • Posts: 2,207
I sure do feel bad for D3, D4 users

First they had to deal with all the D800 hype. And the moment that calms down, the D600 pops out.

But the worst has to be these snapshots that might as well have been set to Interval Timer and placed on a dog's head.

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