Does anyone here have any firsthand experience with the difference in low light focusing ability between the 700 and the 3s (if there is any)? I feel the 700 lets me down sometimes in low light, wondered if the 3s was any better.
D3s vs D700 Low Light Focus(9 posts) (4 voices)
The D3 AF is "snappier" than the D700 even though they have the same AF module. I suspect the screw drive on the D3 is more powerful or a better internal design perhaps? Maybe that could explain the difference? At least with non AF-S lenses. As for low light I think the D3 AF is better. Remember there is no AF assist light on the D3/S yet it still manages just fine.
Occasionally in a dark studio, the 700 will have have trouble locking in. If i bring the house lights up some, it helps. But what drives me crazy is when shooting fast, say a baby, and the darn thing just refuses to lock on. Drives me nuts.
I hadn't picked up on the absence of a assist light. That alone might make for a more pleasant experience for the model.
What kind of lens are you using? That makes a big difference in low light as well.
By the way welcome to the forum peterd :^)
Thank you. Typically i have a 24-70 2.8 or a 70-200 2.8 on in the studio. generally shooting 5.6-11
wait are we comparing a D3 or D3s to the D700. . .
I suspect the D3s will have SUBSTANTIALLY faster AF in low light given the hype around it's tweaks. . .
We are talking about the D3s and the D700. It's more an issue of ability rather than speed. The 700 simply does not lock focus in the dark sometimes. It has to do in part with the subject matter within the focus area. If it's lacking in detail, like a plain colored shirt, i'll have trouble. So I focus lock on the face and recompose. Slows me down, and I miss stuff.
From my understanding Shiva the D3S is "snappier" than the D3 but it's not a big difference. I think there is a bigger difference between the D3/S and D700.
cant compare but one thing for sure D700 can focus pretty much at any condition if your eye can see it... if we are talking about pitch black it plays up big time
but there is a huge difference between 50 1.4 and 24-85 3.5
with 3.5 you need a lot more light for it to lock as 50 1.4 pretty much locks 95% of the time no questions asked
(thats the lenses I was testing it with)
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