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I am a career computer scientist and just decided to pick up photography as a hobby. I just got my first camera! I'll keep my list of gear up-to-date:

Bodies:

  • Nikon D7000

Lenses:

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Tripods:

  • Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
  • Vanguard Tracker PT-28 (legs) with Vanguard SBH-100 (ball head)

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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
Good point about autofocus. How much of that performance is based on the camera vs. the lens?
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@MattGrum - Thanks for the good explanation. To make sure I understand: it sounds like more pixels = more noise but also more information. The extra information actually makes it easier to remove noise later in post processing? Do you know if noise reduction algorithms already leverage this (you seemed to speculate they could leverage the info :-)? Would you say that if I took pictures with the mark 3 and d800 that looked very similarly noisy when I import them into lightroom that I'd be able to clean up the noise better with the image from the d800?
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@Itai - Is there a way to easily downsample your image and see the results in lightroom? Or is this just a matter of cropping and/or exporting the image to a smaller output size? Many have mentioned downsampling as helping to reduce noise...
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@Mike - someone inevitably comes along and makes a comment like that on questions like this. I purposefully phrased the question in a way that makes it generally useful. I'm very interested in what the proper way is to compare the performance of cameras in low light. Not trying to start a nik/can flame war and the veterans on this site can see that. I have no ridiculous loyalty to either brand if I'm willing to switch :-). As for "getting out there": I think I want to focus on which is better to satisfy my technical interest in photography. In the meantime, I'll go take shots with my D7000 :-)
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@JamesYoungman - Also, I'm aware of the half stop difference and the limitations of using really low aperture. I wasn't trying to sound like I was going to pick canon just to be able to have glass that's half a stop faster :-). I am interested though in knowing which one will get me better results in low light situations...
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
@JamesYoungman - I suppose noise in "prints"... though I rarely print the photos and share online. I'm not asking a trick question: I want the pic that looks like it has less noise/grain.
May
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comment How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?
More context: I currently use a Nikon D7000 with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. I get pretty great shots up to ISO 6400 in pretty low light when I'm wide open at 2.8. I like low light stuff and I even find this limiting because there are times I wish I could use higher shutter speeds. I was already planning on investing in better glass (f/1.4 stuff) but I also wanted to upgrade to full frame so I am also considering camera performance. Honestly, if Canon does better and also offers f/1.2 glass AND has smaller images (who needs >30MP?)... I think I might be willing to sell my stuff and make the switch.
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