Danny Santos II, portrait and editorial freelance photographer, recently published an awesome blog post where he pushed his new Nikon Df to the limit, taking portraits in low light at crazy high ISOs. You won't believe the image quality he gets out of the Df at up to ISO 4,500. While in the past we've railed on the Df here, here, and here for it's "hipster-esque" aesthetic, there's no denying that it contains one of the best sensors on the market today. It is, after all the baby brother of the Nikon D4. I was very excited to see Danny's post, I feel it is one of the best real-world high ISO sets of images out there, it'll blow you away.
While working on his Portraits of Strangers project, Danny decided to leave his speed light at home one night and break in his new Df at ridiculously high ISOs.
Below you'll find four images taken between ISO 2,500 and ISO 4,500 each has a 100% crop below for details. All images are out-of-camera, with no noise reduction. This isn't the highest ISO ever — the D4s can shoot up to 409,600 — but it's awesome to be able to get useable files in such low light.
According to the original post, Danny's only main issue with his Df is the autofocus. Like the D610, the Df has Nikon's 39-point AF system, the same one from the 2010 Nikon D7000, not the 51-point monster found in the pro D300, D300s, D3, D3s, D3x, D700, D800, D4, and D4s. He reports that the AF in his Df would often hunt for up to 10 seconds before locking in on an eye, even when using the center cross-type AF point.
Has the high ISO capabilities of cameras like the Df changed the way you've photographed?
[Via Danny Santos II]