I will say though that the high ISO response on this camera shows that sometimes hardware can make a difference. Also, the high ISO performance of the newest cameras is really changing the game for photography. With the ability to easily shoot to ISO 6400 and still get great shots I can now shoot less expensive lenses. I can also get a much deeper depth of field for shooting action. Sure a fast lens is nice. But the shallow depth of field can be quite problematic. Also, being able to use auto ISO like I did tonight is really freeing. I can focus on the subject and getting great shots, not fiddling constantly with camera settings as we move across the field. Sure the high school put in new lights, but the end zones are still pretty dark, and the lighting is still not even and consistent.
Someone posted on a forum recently the question why doesn't Nikon give pro and consumer designations to their lenses. The reason behind the comment was so people could know which lenses would be the best to buy. I think that the images I shot tonight with the kit lens show that the differences between pro and consumer lenses are not as far apart as some would think. This is why people need to look closely at the lenses performance, not a designation of pro, or consumer, or even kit.
BTW, these photos are as shot in camera. I did not do any processing other
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