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  • ISO 25,600

    6 5.77%
  • ISO 12,800 & higher

    3 2.88%
  • ISO 6400 & higher

    12 11.54%
  • ISO 3200 & higher

    24 23.08%
  • ISO 1600 & higher

    40 38.46%
  • ISO 800 & higher

    10 9.62%
  • ISO 400 & higher

    7 6.73%
  • ISO 200 & higher

    2 1.92%
  • dont know, im always on auto mode

    0 0%
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    Default how high is high ISO?

    since newer cams are capable of up to ISO25,600 & the IQ of the photos at high ISOs are now very good.

    so how high is high ISO for you?

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    Personally for me 1600 is considered as high.
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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    It depends on size of sensor, density of pixels and camera processor.
    Last edited by Diavonex; 21st September 2009 at 02:25 PM.

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    depends on ambient lighting and whether the pics are useable at ISO 25600.
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    This would be in conjuction with your camera settings and the amount available light. Don't stress up over ISO, grainy pictures etc... it is far more important to get your shot clear with noise than blur and clean. This is another factor where you need to know how big of a print you gonna do. If you're shooting to pixel peep, no point discussing.

    It's all about knowing the best compromise for the scenario, so...for me, I don't have a 'limit' for my ISO usage.
    Last edited by rendition; 21st September 2009 at 02:42 PM.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    to answer my own poll, ISO3200 is high enough for me. very seldom i go over it.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    on my 5D2, I usually stop at 6,400, so anything above that I consider as "high" iso
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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    Quote Originally Posted by engrmariano View Post
    to answer my own poll, ISO3200 is high enough for me. very seldom i go over it.
    Quote Originally Posted by ricleo View Post
    on my 5D2, I usually stop at 6,400, so anything above that I consider as "high" iso
    Canon sets 5D2's auto ISO between 100 and 3,200 for a reason. You probably can go one notch higher to 6,400 before you really start to see noise that is unacceptable for an A4 print.
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    Talking bout it, how I wish 5DII has lower and upper ISO limit option as a custom function.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    That will be a more flexible approach. However, so far, I am fine with the 100-3,200 auto ISO on my 5D MkII.
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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    Depends on camera...

    On my D200, I dun think I'll go above 800 for any shots which I want good details. High would be 1600.

    for the newer cameras, I've not tried them yet but judging from the pics and examples, 3200 is not really an issue.
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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    iso1600 and upwards

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    Yea, ISO 800 seems to be the breaking point for common DSLRs, anything beyond that is ... 'uh oh'.

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    1600 is high......

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    It depends on body. Its never too high until you get unacceptable noise. The higher the better, for low light event and not having to use flash.

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    Actually, how apparent noise is in your pictures is also dependent on the exposure taken. Given the same ISO settings, noise is more apparent in an underexposed shot - more shadows, more noise. This is partially the reason am constantly, sub-conciously overexposing my shots by at least +1/3 stop and to me this also gives a nice punch to my pictures, very subjective I know but it's just how I've been doing it. Of course am not referring to PP here, pointless to bring up brightness in PP even when shooting to RAW as the noise is already there.

    Then again, sensor size is also another huge factor, where you get at least a stop of advantage over cropped DSLRs.

    Quote Originally Posted by maddog
    1600 is high......
    It is, but if you expose properly... it should be alright. Here's a sample snapshot taken yest, used 1600 for entire event, no PP whatsoever but shot to RAW and if you find it noisy... might be hard for you to find a DSLR that will satisfy you.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    Quote Originally Posted by rendition View Post
    Actually, how apparent noise is in your pictures is also dependent on the exposure taken. Given the same ISO settings, noise is more apparent in an underexposed shot - more shadows, more noise. This is partially the reason am constantly, sub-conciously overexposing my shots by at least +1/3 stop and to me this also gives a nice punch to my pictures, very subjective I know but it's just how I've been doing it. Of course am not referring to PP here, pointless to bring up brightness in PP even when shooting to RAW as the noise is already there.

    Then again, sensor size is also another huge factor, where you get at least a stop of advantage over cropped DSLRs.


    It is, but if you expose properly... it should be alright. Here's a sample snapshot taken yest, used 1600 for entire event, no PP whatsoever but shot to RAW and if you find it noisy... might be hard for you to find a DSLR that will satisfy you.

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    yup. this is quite high and noisy for me.

    EXCEPT! for the face area.

    looking at the arms area will get me CRAZY. too noisy . =/

    for me , 1000 and above is high le.
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    looking at the arms area will get me CRAZY. too noisy . =/
    ...don't kua zang la and how big do you usually print or view your pictures at? and if you see my earlier reply, let's take pixel peeping aside, which I think is what this thread is about... for general viewing and not pixel peeing.
    Last edited by rendition; 21st September 2009 at 09:34 PM.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    Quote Originally Posted by HHenrYY View Post
    yup. this is quite high and noisy for me.

    EXCEPT! for the face area.

    looking at the arms area will get me CRAZY. too noisy . =/

    for me , 1000 and above is high le.

    your standard too high ... at the end of the day it really depend on hw big u intend to print out the photo. Honestly how many pple actually print out even a 4R size pic? if u really shrink to a viewing size 750 x 500 pixel on screen, u can't really c much noise even if u hit 1600 and above.

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    Default Re: how high is high ISO?

    Quote Originally Posted by rendition View Post
    ...don't kua zang la and how big do you usually print or view your pictures at?
    yes...totally agreed with u

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