My D300 continues to surprise me. Improved high ISO noise (over my D2X and D200) has already enabled me to get shots at ISO800 that I previously would have passed over, but today I had to push my luck further than ever.
In pouring rain and dwindling light, the pressure was on to get a couple more shots to add to a successful day's shooting. My glasses were fogged up, so I used my bag as a makeshift support, relied entirely on the autofocus and squeezed off a few shots. Here's a very tight crop at around 50%:
The exposure should give you an idea of just how little light there was. Although it's hardly the world's greatest mountain bike image, it's sharp and well exposed and, despite the high ISO, there's a surprising amount of detail and very little noise considering the conditions. If you look closely you can see the driving rain...
I won't be making a habit of pushing the ISO this far, but it's good to know that it works as well as this. Yep, I'm impressed. All over again.