During my last trip to Florida, I was fortunate to attend Carlos Santana‘s concert, during which I had a good opportunity to take pictures and video with Nikon D3s DSLR and Nikon 300mm f/4.0 AF-S lens. As I have pointed out in my previous D3s articles, the performance of Nikon D3s in low light environments is incredible.
Take a look at the following shot of Santana:
The image was shot at ISO 6400, 1/250, f/4.0 @ 300mm approximately 30 meters away from the subject.
Here is the 100% crop:
There is plenty of detail in this shot and the grain can be easily removed using noise reduction software such as Neat Image or Nik Software Dfine (which is the topic of next article that I am currently working on). It is always better to have a grainy image that is sharp than a noise-free blurry image.
Here is a short video clip from the concert, using the same setup. I apologize for the camera vibration and bad sound – my left leg did not perform very well as a tripod and it was too loud to capture the sound using the built-in microphone in the camera.
I highly recommend checking out the 720p (HD) version. Although I really wish Nikon had 1080p on the D3s like most modern Canon DSLRs, 720p does not look bad either…