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Best camera for night photography
Hello,.

I am finally joining the 21st century and replacing my medium format film camera with a digital alternative for night photography. I am told that if I want to avoid excessive noise then I should be looking for something with a big sensor, above all else. Is this correct and is there anybody out there who can recommend a tried-and-tested model for low-light/night photography?.

Thanks!..

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The Canon 40D and the Nikon D300 are both good low light cameras. The Canon 5D is full frame and also very good. These are between $1200 and $2100..

The king of low light right now is the Nikon D3 full frame, but it's almost $5000..

Below these price ranges, most any of the available cameras are pretty good. The Olympus line might not be as good at high ISO low light as some others, but makes up for it with great kit glass..

If you want the best, IMO, it would be the Nikon D3 with the new 14-24mm f2.8. Again, that's quite expensive...

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Great, thanks for such a quick reply! I would mostly be trying to keep the ISO low, around 100. i've also looked at the more affordable nikon D40x and canon eos 400D - do you know anything about these?.

Thanks again! simon..

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AnotherSimon wrote:.

I would mostly be trying tokeep the ISO low, around 100. i've also looked at the moreaffordable nikon D40x and canon eos 400D - do you know anything aboutthese?.

The EOS 400D would do the job very well. For very long exposures it offers dark frame subtraction which results in extremely low noise. (Can't remember whether the Nikon also does this.).

If you are doing those difficult not-quite-so-long exposures which benefit from mirror lockup, don't forget that the D40/x/60 can't do this - the 400D can...

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I would add the K20D. It will have the best high ISO abilities, resolution and has built in stabilization. Pentax also has the best selection of shorter fixed focal length lenses...

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Great! this is extremely helpful stuff, thanks so much for your comments. the favourite so far sounds like the 400D but I shall also check out the pentax option.....

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AnotherSimon wrote:.

Great, thanks for such a quick reply! I would mostly be trying tokeep the ISO low, around 100. i've also looked at the moreaffordable nikon D40x and canon eos 400D - do you know anything aboutthese?.

The better dSLR's are really good up to ISO 400 and quite respectable up to 1600. What is your reason for keeping the ISO at 100 (which a D300, not a bad low-light camera, won't even do)? At night, your main quality issues are getting a high enough shutter speed and getting some depth of focus..

Leonard Migliore..

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Leonard Migliore wrote:.

AnotherSimon wrote:.

Great, thanks for such a quick reply! I would mostly be trying tokeep the ISO low, around 100. i've also looked at the moreaffordable nikon D40x and canon eos 400D - do you know anything aboutthese?.

The better dSLR's are really good up to ISO 400 and quite respectableup to 1600. What is your reason for keeping the ISO at 100 (which aD300, not a bad low-light camera, won't even do)? At night, your mainquality issues are getting a high enough shutter speed and gettingsome depth of focus..

Leonard Migliore.

You will see significant noise in shadow areas for long exposures especially at ISO400. Even ISO100 produces a good amount of shadow noise, which is evident in night photography..

The lower the noise, the better, hence the lowest ISO possible..

At night you're using a tripod instead of hand holding so unless your image specifically dictates a fast shutter speed the lense is typically stopped down a few stops. The helps with DOF but also means it requires a tripod..

Tim'Be the change you wish to see in the world.' -Mahatma GandhiE3/E-1/E410/7-14/12-60/50-200/EC-14/C8080http://www.flickr.com/photos/timskis6/..

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