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Thread: What's your favourite ISO?

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    Lightbulb What's your favourite ISO?

    Hi guys! Wondering why ppl complain about the lack of ISO 50 or 100 in digital.
    Is it because of shutter speed?
    Otherwise if the 1600 is clean enough why not use it?
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    It all depends on the shooting situation, so there really isn't a "favourite" ISO.

    ISO 1600 is never really that clean, so it does not make for an "all rounder" ISO. And if you try to shoot ISO 1600 in bright sunlight, you're in trouble when your max shutter speed is like 1/1000.

    For me,

    General outdoors in daylight : ISO 50 - 100
    Indoors : ISO 400 - 800
    Concerts : ISO 800 - 1600

    General available light shooting at night without tripod : ISO 800 - 1600, usually 800.

    I also avoid shooting slide films under artificial light as the colour casts can be quite horrible.

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    cool! although I was talking about digital... which has totally diff characteristics between even themselves and film.

    hmm is there 3200 or 6400 film?

    how about star trails? is 50 ASA enough or need lower?
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    Originally posted by denizenx
    cool! although I was talking about digital... which has totally diff characteristics between even themselves and film.

    hmm is there 3200 or 6400 film?

    how about star trails? is 50 ASA enough or need lower?
    Off hand, there is the Kodak T-Max P3200 and the Illford Delta 3200.

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    Originally posted by denizenx
    cool! although I was talking about digital... which has totally diff characteristics between even themselves and film.

    hmm is there 3200 or 6400 film?

    how about star trails? is 50 ASA enough or need lower?

    ya can try, i've seen people do star trails on velvia (with iso 50 you can expose it for hours and hours under fantastically dark skies. personally, i prefer using at least 400 for star trails. who knows , u might just be lucky and capture a sporadic meteor..
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    Depending on situation,

    My fave ISO

    Outdoor : 50-100
    Indoor : 400-800

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    Knowing how to use your ISO will
    give you the pictures you want.

    Sorry I don't find what I needed in the poll.
    ISO3200 isn't the highest setting for willing
    and experimenting photographers.

    My favorite discovery channel so to say is
    ISO 12800. With a f/1.2 lens you can
    imagine the type of images that can be
    produce while the rest of my buddies
    just begin to feel joyful if they are in the
    same position with ISO manipulation.

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    Originally posted by denizenx
    cool! although I was talking about digital... which has totally diff characteristics between even themselves and film.

    hmm is there 3200 or 6400 film?

    how about star trails? is 50 ASA enough or need lower?
    funny u should ask. yes there are ISO 3200 films.

    I just expended 3 rolls of ISO 3200 film over the recent weekend - TMAX 3200 and Ilford Delta 3200.

    With the D30 there's a popular way to simulate ISO 3200 - underexpose 1600 shots by a stop, then in Photoshop, push up levels and reduce noise through post processing. In fact, Fred Miranda sells Photoshop action for doing exactly just that. Works very well.
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    Anyone got any high ISO shots to share? How's the noise levels on the DSLRs?

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    Originally posted by maddog
    Anyone got any high ISO shots to share? How's the noise levels on the DSLRs?
    can try photosig.com... the shots are roughly searchable by film too...

    Originally posted by forward
    My favorite discovery channel so to say is
    ISO 12800. With a f/1.2 lens you can
    imagine the type of images that can be
    produce while the rest of my buddies
    just begin to feel joyful if they are in the
    same position with ISO manipulation.
    wow is it mainstream 35mm equipment?
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    pardon my ignorance... but y is the quality of a pic better at ISO200 indoors? i tot u shld use a lower ISO as much as possible, unless u need the extra sensitivity?

    in the case of indoor shots, can't the sensitivity of the ISO be compensated by a slower shutter speed, or a bigger aperture?

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    heh depends on app lor.. if u trying to follow a wedding with slow film, slow shutter may end up with ghostly look..
    as for aperture it can only be so big economically... money cost, weight and dof..
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    Originally posted by denizenx
    heh depends on app lor.. if u trying to follow a wedding with slow film, slow shutter may end up with ghostly look..
    as for aperture it can only be so big economically... money cost, weight and dof..
    hmm... can elaborate on the ghostly thing? dun quite understand...

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    motion blur plus hand shake...
    the former is inevitable... hence the blurry ghostly look...
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    i c.... but this is assuming there isn't enough light indoors hence the need for a higher ISO to get the required DOF at a proper exposure... am i right?

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    I think any ISO below 200 used to take indoors might not be fast enough to take snapshot type pics... Normal Indoor lights is just not strong enough...

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    Originally posted by shuy
    i c.... but this is assuming there isn't enough light indoors hence the need for a higher ISO to get the required DOF at a proper exposure... am i right?
    *usually* lah.. but if u're shooting a play usually the spotlit parts are quite ok + the distance gives u enough DOF...

    but normally 400 also need flash... the 400 just makes the background brighter....
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