Nikon D700’s Amazing High ISO Capabilities

Posted Mar. 5th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

On our recent Winter Photography tour to Yellowstone National Park I had a chance to capture some exciting images that just would not have been possible without the high ISO capabilities of the Nikon D700. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I typically shoot two D7000 bodies and I have one D700 for situations where the light is very poor. Below is a video I created from still images that I shot of two coyotes fighting over breeding rights and territorial dominancy. All the photos were shot at 2500 ISO except for the last image which was shot at 1600 ISO. This situation was exactly the type of opportunity I keep my D700 around for.

Why was the D700 so advantageous? First, these two aggressive creatures were moving very, very fast. I was shooting a 600mm lens due to the distance we needed to maintain. Fast motion and powerful telephotos require a faster shutter speed. The old rule of thumb is a shutter speed equal to or greater than the length of the lens you are shooting and that’s if you just want to steady minor lens shake from hand holding. These images were shot at 1/1600th of a second to make sure we stopped the action. Additional reasons for needing the ability to go to a higher ISO was the relatively low light due to it being early morning with heavy overcast and falling snow. All of these issues required the use of a great sensor that can handle low-light conditions with ease. The D700 is the go-to camera for conditions of this type.

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  1. Gary LehmanOn Mar. 6th, 2012

    In 2009 I had the opportunity to use my D700 in Uganda and Rwanda to photograph wild mountain gorillas. The lighting was uneven (at best). When in deep shade, I had to either boost the ISO to photograph the gorillas…OR…NOT get the shots. I boosted the ISO of course, and was able to photograph mountain gorilla toddlers fussing and squabbling, and a mother nursing her baby, and some ‘wow-factor’ gorilla portraits. I shot all RAW. The ability to take photos at high ISO (with decent image quality) with the D700 was KEY. will cherish the experience forever. and, hope to return someday and hope that human population pressure/farming will not destroy the mountain gorilla habitats in that unique and small region.

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