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One of the reasons I crossed over from Canon a few years ago is the phenominal high ISO capabilities of the Nikon D3s. On many occasions this has made it possible to get really good images in conditions where the light was not strong enough to allow the shutter speeds needed for the occasion. I was reminded of this recently when we went to photograph African Skimmers Rynchops flavirostris. One morning we had lovely soft light which leads to very pleasing images but does not allow the high shutter speeds required for action photography. I pumped the ISO up to 1600 (Not that high and most cameras can get there BUT you wont get the same type of result as you see below!) The D3s simply takes this in its stride and yielded a beautiful, soft image with very low noise levels. Adobe Lightroom 3 was used for the post processing of the raw file and a little noise reduction filter applied. Bear in mind that this was saved as a medium jpeg...

Taken with a Nikon D3s with 600mm f4 VR nikon lens on a tripod with Wimberley tripod head at 1/2000 sec, wide open at f/4.0 ISO 1600

One afternoon driving along the Nossob river in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we came across this Tawny Eagle sitting on the ground.. only problem was the sun had already set behind the dunes and there was no light... well there was enough for the Nikon D3s! I cranked up the ISO to 5600 and managed to get this shot at 1/160 sec at f/5.6 with the Nikkor 200-400mm f/4.0 VR and the 1.4x converter.. just to see how the zoom plus converter and high ISO would handle it.. decide for yourself Smile