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ISO 3200 In the Forest

These examples, all shot in the space of an hour, show the insanely great noise and color of the Nikon D3s at ISO 3200 (mostly). Ambient temperature was approximately 50°F (temperature affects noise).

Worth noting is that the images taken on this page would not even be possible with the recently-reviewed Leica M9, which costs US$1800 more. Or if they could be made, would look really awful by comparison.

Choose your camera for what you like to do: the D3s is an anywhere-anytime-any-light camera, but it’s triple the size and weight of the Leica M9.


I elected to present images on this page at 50% of actual pixels (2128 pixels wide), because this accurately suggests what one might see in a print. Many users will have to scroll to see the entire image, but I feel that the 50% size tells the story well. Get the NEC 30" if you want a bigger screen, heck, it’s only 40% of the cost of a D3s.

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Nikon D3s + 105/2.8VR @ f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 1600 + 1.66 stop push

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