Re­cently, Richard had a chance to try out the high-ISO per­for­mance of the new Nikon D5 on an oblig­ing sub­ject…

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Do you think the im­proved per­for­mance at higher ISOs is the great­est change to pho­tog­ra­phy of the past ten years?

Yes, def­i­nitely. Pic­tures are be­ing taken now that would never have been taken be­fore. I had a D5 for a month and I printed some pic­tures at ISO30,000, A3 size, to see if they would be good enough for mag­a­zine use, and they look ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.

What was the sub­ject?

It was a lit­tle owl. There’s a cou­ple of im­ages, one at ISO28,800 (pic­tured right) and the other at ISO30,000, and they look amaz­ing. The shoot was in the evening on a re­ally cloudy day. I think I had a 2.0x con­verter on; it was f/8 and 1/1000 sec.

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