Nikon D600 w/ 4000 ISO
WARNING: This is for my fellow camera nerds.
So, I recently made a big upgrade from my Nikon D90 to a Nikon D600. I volunteered to shoot a ministry launch event for The CALL, a ministry to help families adopt and foster children who are in need. The event was being held at a church which gives you the typical lighting nightmares for photography. I wanted a shot of someone on stage as well as a wide angle of the audience. I decided to push the limits of the camera and crank it up to 4000 ISO. This typically causes a lot of noise in a photo so I was expecting the picture to be unusable. The picture below is what I ended up with. Note, I did NOT do ANY noise reduction. This is straight from the camera with no WB adjustments, cropping, shot at F4 @ 35mm. Nikkor 16-35 lens.
Now, here is a 100% crop to see the noise (or lack thereof) up close. Yeah…. ok, I’m not going to win any awards for a pic like this, but wow! I was shocked at how well the D600 handled the low light and high ISO. My old D90 (which I still love greatly) would have looked like an old TV set from Poltergeist! This was the only shot I took at 4000 ISO but now I’m wishing I had played with the settings more to try out 5000 or 6400.