The first thing I did when I got the Nikon Df was set out to test the high ISO (or ASA) that was, to me, the biggest selling point of the camera. Towards that end, I brought the camera into class with the idea of shooting a bit on the upper east side. I conducted extensive tests to determine how high an ISO I could work with before the camera began to produce a grainy effect.
I walked around the very chilly streets as long as my frigid fingers would allow and as soon as I got home, I checked out the results and was awed. I then spent several days shooting at night around Lincoln Center, Midtown, and shooting across to Manhattan from southeast Queens.
The images you see here were almost entirely shot at an ISO of 6400 and above. The shot going over the 59th Street Bridge was taken at ISO 25,600! The shots from Queens were ISO 12,800. All of these shots were hand-held, which is absolutely incredible to me. My holy grail has always been to shoot in low-light situations without a tripod or flash and this camera does exactly that! What is almost equally impressive is that the white balance was set on Auto and did a very good job of rendering the colors correctly.
The below images were all taken in those first few days of the camera. I have come to the inescapable conclusion that 6400 is the new 400!
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