Late Night NEFs

Used the D2x to do some late night work at the Sydney Festival recently. A few things were apparent-

Noise at long exposures was very good
Contrast was a little up
NEF files are fantastic for difficult lighting
Nikon Picture Project handles NEFs well

EXIF Data
Nikon D2X
2006/01/09 19:13:04.6
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
Lens: 17-55mm F/2.8 G
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/2.5 sec – F/8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Normal
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

EXIF Data
Nikon D2X
2006/01/09 19:17:23.7
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G
Focal Length: 12mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
10 sec – F/22
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Normal
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

EXIF Data
Nikon D2X
2006/01/09 19:44:43.1
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
Lens: 17-55mm F/2.8 G
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
7.10 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Normal
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

EXIF Data
Nikon D2X
2006/01/09 19:53:38.1
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G
Focal Length: 12mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
20 sec – F/4
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image:
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode I (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Normal
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

D2x is a great long exposure camera and the 12-24mm performs surprisingly well, as well as the pricier 17-55mm but of course its not f2.8

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