Extreme ISO Settings With the D3s, 1D Mark IV and Lightroom 3

I’ve been digging into Lightroom 3 for a couple of days now.  I’m a big fan of the improvements – happy to see my video files, love the tethered shooting capability, as well as the improved speed. Last night, however, I decided to dig up some of my photos from the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s ISO comparisons and take a closer look at the improved noise control that we’ve all heard so much about.

While I experienced a taste of what was to come in the Lightroom 3 beta, I was not prepared for the magnitude of improvement that I saw in the images as I wiped my Lightroom 2 adjustments and made new adjustments in Lightroom 3’s noise control panel.

I could go on and on about it, but you really need to see for yourself. [Read more…]


Canon Shows Off 1D Mark IV in the Hands of Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet VW Commercial

Canon has launched a new Shooter’s Insight video series in the Canon Digital Learning Center featuring the 1D Mark IV with Vincent Laforet.  A number of episodes appear to be in the works and “coming soon” that will focus on Laforet’s use of the 1D Mark IV in a recent VW spec commercial.

More on this series can be found online at the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Nikon D3s vs. Canon 1D Mark IV ISO Comparison – Part II

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

In the first comparison of the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s, we looked at JPEG image samples that came straight from each of these cameras; however, I promised to deliver images processed from the RAW files of each camera as well.

As we are well aware by now, the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s deliver impressive results at what were previously ridiculous sensitivity settings.  To see the results of the various RAW conversion methods on images produced by these class-leading cameras, keep reading.

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Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s ISO Comparison

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

The Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3s are the two latest powerhouse DSLRs from the respective manufacturers.  As a quick rundown on the spec sheet, the Nikon D3s offers a 12.1-megapixel FX format sensor, while the Canon 1D Mark IV features a 16.1-megapixel APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor.  Both cameras offer extreme high ISO settings, up to the equivalent of ISO 102,400.

Which one offers the best noise control at these crazy-high ISO settings?  Read on to find out. [Read more…]

Canon 1D Mark IV Firmware Update Version 1.0.6

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 1D Mark IV.  The firmware upgrade includes the following:

  1. Firmware Version 1.0.6 enhances the AF tracking performance.*
  2. *AF performance has been enhances for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching at a low speed.

The firmware can be downloaded from Canon’s website.