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05-22-2011, 06:52 AM   #1
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What ISO do you shoot?

Are you shooting at the default 3200 or something lower. And why if lower?

I should have said 200-3200 default. Many of my flash shoots using auto goes to 3200 and are somewhat overexposed.


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Hi there.
ISO 3200 is not the default.
There is no default ISO setting as it is dependent on the incident lighting of the scene you are trying to capture.
Generally, you should always shoot at the lowest possible ISO, bearing in mind the shutter speed limits in handheld shooting.
The lower the ISO the lower the noise being introduced into the image, and therefore the greater the dynamic range available for maximising detail retention.
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I actually prefer shooting in the 100-800 range mostly though I've been known to go to the camera's max ISO if necessary. I don't use higher iso settings though unless I really need to. Less noise and though I have noise reducing software I'm not crazy about using it unless it is unavoidable. I'd rather have a batch of low noise pics to begin with than spend the time in camera raw fixing them all.
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I shoot with the lowest ISO I can. Typically I start at 100ISO (and on my K-5 that tends to be at 80 versus 100).

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In low light with the soccer games I shoot where I want to freeze the action, high ISO is invaluable. I will use 1600 or 3200 on my K-r without thinking too much about excessive noise.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rritter Quote
Are you shooting at the default 3200 or something lower. And why if lower?
I set my ISO range from 200-800 for normal Daylight shooting and if light gets little low, I push it to 1600 so that I can get a couple of stops faster.

If my subject is not moving and if I have tripod I stop down ISO by half.

ISO 3200 and 6400 are for rainy days
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Normally i would just shoot at 200-800 for outdoor shoot.
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At whatever TAv decides it wants to shoot at. If in full manual then anywhere from 80 - 5,000 in general use.

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This would be good to have in a survey. Does the forum support surveys?
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Yes it does, but it would be hard to extrapolate the results generally because of the different high ISO performances of each camera's sensor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rritter Quote
Are you shooting at the default 3200 or something lower. And why if lower?

I should have said 200-3200 default. Many of my flash shoots using auto goes to 3200 and are somewhat overexposed.
Can I suggest you look for Pentax forum review and google etc for KR reviews and look at the sections which show different ISO results images ?
This will give you a indication of what you can expect at a given iso. But remember that the subject will affect the visable noise as well and a bright blue sky can surprisingly some times show noise very badly not just dark areas.
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Most of the time I use iso400 but depending on the light the range to consider is 200-800.
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This is a shot from yesterday at an Antique car show. It was taken without flash @ISO 3200 and has no sharpening or noise removal (Yet) the only adjustment was an auto curves adjustment. I've shot up to ISO 6400 with good results using selective sharpening and noise removal techniques. I believe the EXIF is intact.

Forgot to mention that Auto WB was also used and although it was dark with mixed lighting, florescent and incandescent there was no problem with the Kr finding the proper WB.


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I try to keep round iso400, within 200-800 range during daylight shooting. I just aim to keep it as low as possible.
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I usually shoot at 100-800 outdoors (depending upon required shutter speed and apature). Indoor is usually 400-3200 with or without fill flash. Sometimes I've gone to 10,000 or 12,500 for indoor sporting events (fast shutter speed required). See my post here: 2nd Attempt at Photographing Kick Boxing: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review for some kickboxing shots I took at those ISO levels. I was pleased.
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