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    D700 ISO setting

    As a very new owner of a D700 I have been delighted with the quite remarkably 'clean' images it produces at high ISO.

    Given this exemplary performance, what ISO setting do other owners of this camera use as their 'normal' setting? I'm thinking of using ISO 400, but could be persuaded to go higher...
    John L Dobson
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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    John,

    Not sure exactly what you mean by "normal", but I set my auto-ISO upper limit to 1600. I always try to shoot at the lowest ISO (200) though, but I'm not worried if it goes upward on the D700.

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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    Quote Originally Posted by simonclivehughes View Post
    John,

    Not sure exactly what you mean by "normal", but I set my auto-ISO upper limit to 1600. I always try to shoot at the lowest ISO (200) though, but I'm not worried if it goes upward on the D700.

    Cheers,
    Thanks Simon.

    By 'normal' ISO I meant what setting you would normally use for a frontally-lit, outdoor scene in sunlight.

    I'm not used to using auto-ISO - perhaps I should try it.
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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    I have been using auto-ISO to the upper limit of 6400. No worries at all. I am extremely happy with high ISO performance even at 6400.

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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    I've sold my D700 but I used Auto ISO all the way up to 6400 and would simply adjust my minimum shutter speed to suit the situation. When specifically doing landscapes on a tripod I would use ISO 200.

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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    I normally set my D700 to a max upper ISO of 3200. 6400 is good, but not clean enough to my tastes (but that's just me). I have, on occasion, cranked it all the way up to 25,600 and the results are usable with Noise Ninja applied. Here is a sample:

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    Re: D700 ISO setting

    Thanks everyone!

    I've started using auto-ISO, with a base ISO setting of 400, and a minimum shutter speed of 1/100. I came back from an outing today with several good shots for the next issue of the Magazine, so it appears to suit the kind of work I'm doing at the moment. I was shooting moving trains using 1/500 at around f8 most of the time.
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