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First Shots with the D700 and 85mm f1.4

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR Forum' started by ShadowForce, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. ShadowForce


    Mar 26, 2006
    Dayton, OH
    I purchased a D700 today and with limited shooting tonight I have to say I'm very impressed. The high ISO performance is just incredible IMO.

    Here are a few shots. I went to a local church at around 7:15pm because I'll be shooting a wedding there in a couple of weeks and wanted to view the sanctuary. No lights were on in the sanctuary; I just had some natural light coming in through the stained glass.

    Number 1 - ISO 800;f4;1/200 - This one is to basically show how dark the church was with the only available light coming from the stained glass.


    Number 2 - ISO 6400;f2;1/60

    I'm curious as to the brightness to the image in the upper right. Is this due to a blown highlight from the stained glass? I was metering on the lectern.


    Number 3 - ISO 6400;f4;1/100


    Number 4 - ISO 6400;f1.4;1/10


    Number 5 - ISO 200;f2;1/125 - I used the pop-up flash on this one and was very impressed with its coverage. I was roughly halfway in the sanctuary.


    Number 6 - ISO 200;f2;1/60 - Again the pop-up flash was used; this time in the balcony.


    Number 7 - ISO 1600;f2.8;1/125


    Number 8 - ISO 6400;f8;1/50


    Number 9 - ISO 6400;f8;1/125 - Taken around 8:10pm or so

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  2. Steinar


    Aug 16, 2007
    Thank you for sharing - I really like number 3 and knowing it is iso 6400 increase my lust for D700 - if possibly.

    I have decided to wait for the review of Bjørn Rørslett, but ... maybe it is not nescessary.:smile:
  3. ShadowForce


    Mar 26, 2006
    Dayton, OH
    Thanks Steinar. I clearly wasn't attempting anything too artistic last night but I too thought number 3 turned out pretty well.

    Anyone have any thoughts as to the harsh light in number 2? Just seemed odd coming through the stained glass.

  4. It's "veiling flare". Many lenses will exhibit that sudden drop in contrast or 'mist effect' across part of the image when light hits the front element at say a shallow angle to the front of the lens.

    Say if the lens front is at 12 o clock and the light is coming from say 2-3 o' clock or so. Hum, imagine shining a flashlight into the side of the lens if you will.


    A blown highlight will just come across as an area of bright white with no detail whatsoever.

    A hood (or longer hood) or just changing the angle of the lens slightly relative to the light will do the trick.

    A solution some folks use (if using a tripod) when circumstances call for it is to use a small flexible arm (called a 'plamp' - like an articulated snake with two little spring clamps on the ends.) holding a piece of dark plastic or cardboard, etc angled to block any oblique light source from the front element - creating a lens shade.


    Perfectly normal for many lenses of many types.
  5. ShadowForce


    Mar 26, 2006
    Dayton, OH
    Thank you Conner999 for the detailed explanation. That helps a ton. I'm not sure I've ever experienced "veiling flare" prior to this but I've also never shot in a nearly dark room with the only light coming from the stained glass.

  6. You're welcome - it's just because of the angle of the light vs. the front of the lens in that one shot.
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