Added by prl105
June 03 , 2016
Re: Manufacturer's claimed ISO
Oh wow, the D5 ISO goes up to 3+ million something. Having seen the noise on the DPR review, no one in their right mind is seriously going to use it. After all we're photographers and the prospect of taking images that resemble a Persian carpet is just ridiculous right?
I have a D3. An amazing camera, produces really smooth files from the in-spec ISO range, its ISO H2 range is 25,600, and nobody in their right mind, myself included, is seriously going to take images that resemble a Persian carpet, correct? But wait, that bodies sensor tech is 10-years old.
My colleague shoots a D7200, it has double the mpix of the D3 and can shoot 25,600 with ease, no Persian carpet effect there!
I've just acquired the D500, and OMG it shoots 51,200 in-spec, produces incredible usable images from the light of a TV in the corner of the room. It also has ISO H5 to 1.6 million too, but as photographers, we're not carpet salesmen, correct.
In case my point is being obscured here, perhaps by the time we see a D6, or D7, from Nikon, or a 1Dxyz MKxxvii from Canon, it remains a possibility, that 1.6 to 3.2 million ISO will be in-spec and we'll be commenting on the stupid announcement of ISO Hn hitting nBillion, and this being an slight overstatement. 10-years ago, we couldn't have imagined having this discussion, 'don't be stupid, the ISO H2 from the D3 produces images that resemble a Persian carpet'.
For me, I'm so looking forward to the next 10-years of technology development, while wishing the film manufacturers had had the good sense to protect their market in the way the camera manufacturers appear to be doing now.
For the record, I shoot two of the top three Nikon bodies, D810 & D500. The D3 is backup, can you imagine? Yes!
My hobby camera is a Nikon F6, arguably the best film SLR in the world, which is certainly challenging as I'm limited to ISO range 50-3200, all black+white of course.
To everyone out there, enjoy your photography. :D