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11-27-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
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ISO 25600 with FA 80-320

Used my 10 year old FA 80-320 on the K5 yesterday at the Christmas bazar at my son's school in Singapore.
In TAV mode @ F8, 1/400 and 1/500sec I got some ok shots at lower ISOs but as the evening got a little darker I let the ISO float up just to see what would be the result.

This photo has lots of noise and is not very sharp but after some PP using LR3 with a noise reduction Luminance setting of 30, I think it's really not tooooo bad.

I don't expect anyone to rave over the quality of this photo, but it's pretty astounding to see what the K5 is capable of.
By the way he's playing a snare drum and the whole group were brilliant.

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Well, it's not a perfect photo but for ISO of 25600 it's pretty astounding! Especially since the 80-320 isn't considered to be a premium lens.

NaCl(and a shot that most other cameras wouldn't be able to get at all )H2O
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Did you try color noise reduction as well? That might make the picture look even less noisy (it looks like mostly color noise in this picture).
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Looks good already without PP, but apart from looking a little too silky, it looks pretty good with some PP:



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We'll call the silky background bits "bokeh" and call it a day
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I love the speed you can get at the higher ISO values...and still get a usable shot, as you did. I don't shoot that high too often, but 12,800 is pretty common for me.....

12,800 got me 1/125, which I needed.
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For all its occasional faults, the K5 is still hard to beat for excellent IQ and high ISO shooting. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if necessary. Can you still say things like that around here?

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The K5s high ISO is pretty amazing.
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G-diesel what did you use to PRocess that shot. That looks great to me

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QuoteOriginally posted by G-Diesel Quote
Looks good already without PP, but apart from looking a little too silky, it looks pretty good with some PP:
Looks like a good candidate for Topaz Denoise
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I'd also like to know what you did in PP G-Diesel. I'd already done a little on it in LR but you have improved it a great deal.

I don't have Topaz Denoise so can't try it out. Is it worth getting for the occasional photos such as these? Or is it just way better at noise reduction at all ISOs when compared to LR3?

By the way I had High-ISO NR set on Auto in camera, and haven't tried out the other options yet. What settings do all of you use?

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QuoteOriginally posted by 2grahamb Quote
I'd also like to know what you did in PP G-Diesel. I'd already done a little on it in LR but you have improved it a great deal.

I don't have Topaz Denoise so can't try it out. Is it worth getting for the occasional photos such as these? Or is it just way better at noise reduction at all ISOs when compared to LR3?

By the way I had High-ISO NR set on Auto in camera, and haven't tried out the other options yet. What settings do all of you use?

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Hi Graham,

I am completely partial when I say this but I think TDN is worth every penny whether it be for the casual shooter or the Pro. Needless to say, I've been using Topaz Denoise for over a year now and its made a believer out of me.


WORKFLOW: Photoshop CD5 > Topaz Denoise > Sharpening - Total time to press: 3 mins.

Hope this helps.
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Did you try color noise reduction as well? That might make the picture look even less noisy (it looks like mostly color noise in this picture).

Yes you're right increasing color noise reduction improved it further. Thanks for that.
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Hi Graham,

I am completely partial when I say this but I think TDN is worth every penny whether it be for the casual shooter or the Pro. Needless to say, I've been using Topaz Denoise for over a year now and its made a believer out of me.


WORKFLOW: Photoshop CD5 > Topaz Denoise > Sharpening - Total time to press: 3 mins.

Hope this helps.
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Hi John,

That's just amazing it looks vastly improved now.
I think it could make me a believer too

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Well, it's not a perfect photo but for ISO of 25600 it's pretty astounding! Especially since the 80-320 isn't considered to be a premium lens.

NaCl(and a shot that most other cameras wouldn't be able to get at all )H2O

The 80-320 has had bad press and it's certainly not a premium lens as you say, but I've rediscovered it using the K5 in TAV mode and being able to have a shutter speed of 1/400 or 500 @ F8 where it is a bit sharper. I always found it difficult to hand hold on my MZ-7 and istDS cameras, but now with the K5's high ISO performance plus SR and TAV I can get shots that were not possible previously.

Graham
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I bet it would look awesome in B&W!
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