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D700 and the D300

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR' started by mematsu, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. mematsu

    mematsu

    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    So. Since many here are testing the D700 out. How do you compare ISO noise with your old D300? I know it's very hard without a stringent testing platform, but off the top of your head at would you say?

    ISO 800 is fairly easy to get a decent looking shot with the D300. What is the "ease" factor with the D700? Is there a big advantage at ISO 800? Or even 400? Or for that matter, how about base ISO(low)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Hi John,

    I think things are more equal at lower ISO. It is at higher ISO where the D3/D700 show their advantage. I am not a big peeper, so not great to respond to your question. I just posted a shot at ISO 3200, I don't think I would have done that with the D300...
     
  3. mematsu

    mematsu

    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    Thanks Rich.

    I'm trying to figure out how much will I really be shooting at above ISO 800/1600. I do mainly shoot people in available light with narrow depth of field so I figure the D700 and a few primes will work out great for me.
     
  4. John,

    I'm sold on Nikon's FX cameras. Shooting at 3200 ISO is insanely sick. The D300 3200 ISO is usable, but not pretty. The D700/D3 are just on another level. I'm probably going to dump both my D300 bodies for either a D700 or D3!
     
  5. AdamJ

    AdamJ

    300
    Jan 28, 2008
    Aurora, IL
    Having used both cameras (but no side-by-side comparisons of the same shot)....

    From reviewing a bunch of my images, here is a rough equivlence of noise, totally subjective to me, based on how visible the noise is and how much it erodes on shadows.

    D700 ISO --- D300 ISO
    200 --- 200
    400 --- 400
    800 --- 800
    1600 --- 1000
    3200 --- 1200
    6400 --- 2000
    12800 --- 3200 (Sometimes slightly worse then D300's 3200)
    25600 --- 6400 (Sometimes slightly worse then D300's 6400)
     
  6. I have both cameras, so maybe I'll do some side by sides later tonight when it's nice and dark, LOL!
     
  7. mematsu

    mematsu

    May 2, 2007
    los angeles

    Thanks. That is very helpful and I feel very optimistic.
     
  8. mematsu

    mematsu

    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    Looking forward to it. Isn't it great when simple testing is the funnest thing all day?:smile:
     
  9. Steinar

    Steinar

    Aug 16, 2007
    Denmark
    I say thank you, too - very helpfull.
     
  10. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    truth ...i was wondering when u were guna do this ..lol
    :biggrin:
     
  11. RogDen31

    RogDen31

    59
    Oct 7, 2007
    Yeovil, UK
    here are a couple of quick snaps from the D700 shot in nef no pp at all

    sorry cannot compare with D300 as i only had D80 before this and that was really awful above 640 iso

    with 20-35f2.8 @1/40sec, f2.8 iso 3200

    D700test-00000002.

    with 300f4 @1/400sec, f4 iso5000

    View attachment 230455
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 31, 2008
  12. randyr5

    randyr5

    530
    Jan 14, 2006
    Michigan
    I find these comparisons amusing. Everybody knew that the D700 was going to be a D3 sensor in a D300 body. We knew that the D3 was clearly better at high ISO than the D300 (we have seen those comparisons ad nauseum), so there is no surprise that the D700 handles high ISO better than the D300.

    Comparing an FX to a DX is useless, IMO. Apples and oranges.
     
  13. mematsu

    mematsu

    May 2, 2007
    los angeles
    True that Randy.

    But...Since there are many new D700 owners having a new toy to play with, I thought I could get a casual/real world kinda answer. Nothing like getting a few people that you know and respect give you there thoughts.

    And where else can you find something like this. Exactly what I was looking for....

    D700 ISO --- D300 ISO
    200 --- 200
    400 --- 400
    800 --- 800
    1600 --- 1000
    3200 --- 1200
    6400 --- 2000
    12800 --- 3200 (Sometimes slightly worse then D300's 3200)
    25600 --- 6400 (Sometimes slightly worse then D300's 6400)

    If I do trade in my orange, I want to ask around to see how that apple tastes.:biggrin:
     
  14. randyr5

    randyr5

    530
    Jan 14, 2006
    Michigan
    I hear you. I see a D700 in my future, but it will have to wait a few months.
     
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