Nikon D7000 High ISO Performance and Snow White

Posted January 26th, 2011 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink
The evil Queen prepares for her next plot against Snow White. Nikon D7000, ISO 3200, Nikon 70-200 f2.8, Nion TC-14E

The evil Queen prepares for her next plot against Snow White. Nikon D7000, ISO 3200, Nikon 70-200 f2.8, Nion TC-14E

Last weekend I had a chance to test out the high ISO capabilities of the new Nikon D7000. The event was a play produced by the Missoula Children’s Theater and held at a local high school auditorium. Missoula Children’s Theater and an elementary school put together an amazing rendition of the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The incredible thing is they did all the casting, wardrobe and practice in only five days! Missoula Children’s Theater travels the world putting together these acting opportunities for children and do an astounding job each and every time. Every year, they run acting programs for over 65,000 children. 65,000 kids per year!

Snow White singing the praises of the Nikon D7000's high ISO capability. ISO 3200.

Snow White singing the praises of the Nikon D7000's high ISO capability. ISO 3200.

Anyways, I photographed the play with the Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 and Nikon TC-14E teleconverter. All the photos shown here were shot at ISO 3200 with no in-camera ISO noise reduction. The lighting for the auditorium was tungsten and included a typical array of stage lights hung from the rafters above. My shutter speed varied from about 1/100 sec to 1/200 sec, so I turned on the VR (vibration reduction) for the lens since I was hand holding the camera.

Evil Henchmen. Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E

Evil Henchmen. Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E

The results? Awesome. I’m very impressed with the high ISO capability of the Nikon D7000. Yes, there was noise in the photographs, but all the pictures were usable and cleaned up very quickly with post processing. One of my favorite ways to clean up small amounts of noise is Lightroom 3. I really like the noise reduction utilities in the program and photographs look just great after a quick slider control develop module. Another method I like for cleaning up files is processing the D7000 files in Capture NX2 and performing noise reduction as a New Step.

The Seven Dwarves trying to wake Snow White from her deep sleep. Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E

The Seven Dwarves trying to wake Snow White from her deep sleep. Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E

It is amazing to me that Nikon can produce a 16 MP camera in a DX sensor that creates great looking pics at ISO 3200. Good job Nikon and I can’t wait to see what is in store for your future cameras!

Forest Animals. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.

Forest Animals. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.

Forest Bats. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.

Forest Bats. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.

One more Evil Queen shot for good measure. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.

One more Evil Queen shot for good measure. Nikon D7000, 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon TC-14E.



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