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Which SLR performs best at high ISO settings?

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Imagine23
Imagine23  7241 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 - 3:18 PM

Hello,
I was after some advice as to which is the best SRL (full frame) in terms of noise performance at high ISO levels. I'm a fan of using natural light, and so this is a big consideration in my next purchase. Apologies if this has been covered before, I had a look through the archive but couldn't find what I was looking for. Any advice, or links to previous discussions, gratefully received.
Thanks,
Lynn

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 3:19 PM

Nikon D3, D700
Canon 5D, 5D MKII
take your pick

strawman
strawman  1021991 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 3:26 PM

As you are Canon users, and assuming you have Canon lenses that are good, wait and see how the 5D MKII does, it should be in the shops before the end of the year.

If not the D3 and D700 sound good, though the good old 5D still performs well.

Imagine23
Imagine23  7241 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 - 4:15 PM

Hi, yeah I have got all canon stuff at the moment, but I've heard great things about the Nikon D3, in terms of its performance at high ISOs. I just wonder if the difference is significant enough for me to move across from Canon to Nikon? For example, is the difference between the Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII and the Nikon D3 very noticeable? I've have no first hand experience of either.
Thanks, Lynn

cambirder
cambirder  107202 forum posts England
10 Oct 2008 - 4:37 PM

Do you really need a pro speced body? Seems you are using a 350D with kit lens at the moment, so lenses should be your priority before splurging out thousands on a new body.

Looking at your portfolio, I would say a tripod might be the best option, shooting interior shots in natural light does not need high ISO's just a steady platform.

User_Removed
10 Oct 2008 - 4:37 PM

Hi Lynn

In answer to your last question, undoubtedly (and I have owned the 1Ds 3 and now own the D3) though they are very different camera for different purposes so it would be inappropriate to be making a direct comparison between a 1Ds 3 and a D3.

CathyT
CathyT e2 Member 87253 forum postsCathyT vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 4:53 PM

Barrie's sitting on the fence..... Wink

edrhodes
edrhodes  9514 forum posts United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 5:12 PM


Quote: It's also got a proper full-frame sensor

So has the D3 last time I looked...

samfurlong
10 Oct 2008 - 8:21 PM

Nikon D3 is the best you'll currently get, although the 5DMKII is going to be even better so wait. If you want a pro specced body and can't wait for a MKIV or change to Nikon then the MKIII is very very good upto 3200 (although not as good as the nikon).

Imagine23
Imagine23  7241 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 - 8:36 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Cambirder I've not updated my profile for ages, I am still using a 350D but I have all L-lenses on it now (with is why I'm wondering if a swop to Nikon is the way forward!). I need fastish shutter speeds as the low light shots I do tend to be of moving subjects. Barrie, thanks for your comment - I am specifically interested in the ISO performance, rather than anything else, how did you find the two performed in this area, compared to each other? Sam I've heard the D3 is the best but maybe it might be a good idea to try out the MKIII like you suggest so I don't have to sell all my lenses!!

User_Removed
10 Oct 2008 - 8:50 PM

Canon also promised that the 1D 3's AF system was like nothing you had ever seen before.... they were right there too Grin

mark_delta
10 Oct 2008 - 8:57 PM


Quote: Canon also promised that the 1D 3's AF system was like nothing you had ever seen before.... they were right there too

I found this out the hard way after leaving the old mkii at home !
it stopped working if the sun came out !

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2008 - 8:57 PM

Oy, just because you switched to the dark side, doesn't mean you can trash the bright side... :-p

User_Removed
10 Oct 2008 - 8:59 PM

Grin Grin

Leif
Leif  9722 forum posts
10 Oct 2008 - 10:50 PM


Quote:
I like this casual unprocessed 25600 ISO shot

Crikey, that fabulous and very large shot has convinced me to throw away my Nikon tat. Scuse me while I munch the table leg.

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