Only a few months after celebrating our 4th anniversary at Cyrus and confirming that it was indeed my favorite restaurant, we learned that it was closing its doors. After years of fighting with the landlord, Hotel Les Mars, Chef Keane finally gave up and decided close. Jon and I decided that we should go one last time and attempted to get a reservation on one of their final Saturdays. As it would turn out, we'd be in Thailand on the two-months-to-the-day that we'd need to call, but we set an alarm for the middle of the night (1:00pm California time) to wake up and call. We were fortunate to get a prime 7:00 dinner reservation.
Despite the somewhat sad occasion, I was happy for the opportunity to try out a new camera. After years of waiting for a D300s replacement, I finally decided to jump to a full frame camera when the D600 was announced. Dinner at Cyrus would be my first real test of the D600, and I'd be using it for the exact purpose I bought it for: low light. Restaurants are usually a nightmare situation in which to take photos because there is just no light. I was interested to see how well the full frame sensor would do compared to the D300s which I used in the same restaurant eariler in the year. I'm happy to report that it performed as well as I'd hoped. I used a 24mm f/1.4 (usually at f/1.4), Auto ISO, and minimum shutter at 1/50th. Even then I still had some shots at ISO 6400. Noise was minimal and the 24/1.4 plenty sharp. I think I'm going to like this new camera!