D800 Long Exposure in need of Therapee

About a month ago an issue was raised and discussed in Emmanuel Coupe’s blog about the noise that appears in long exposure photographs taken with the D800. We aren’t talking about the usual red and blue pixels which the camera handles remarkably well, we are talking about those white dots that litter the entire image and ARE visible on print which is what matters. A few samples were sent to me and they all showed the same behavior so it can’t just be a bad batch. Users of the Nikon D7000 which has the same pixel density sensor as the D800 also told me that they were experiencing the same issues and were forced to always use Long Exposure Noise Reduction (LENR) from the camera menu though this I can’t confirm since I have never taken a LE photograph with a D7000. Read more →