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High ISO shots with K10D, Zurich by night
Posted By: tcom, 12-06-2006, 02:21 PM

I am for the week in Zurich for work. I have been out this evening to check how the K10D performs in high ISO shots, and as the shots were all hand held, I could test the SR as well.

The photos have been taken in RAW and converted using the standard settings of Pentax Photo Lab3. Unfortunately, I am using a laptop I am not using normally for photo word, so properly evaluating colours and noise is rather difficult. I will have to wait the weekend to check if these photos are really good or not.

All photos have been taken with the DA40.

ISO 500:

ISO 1000:

ISO 1250:

All these photos are in full resolution on K10D Photo Gallery by Dominique Schreckling at
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12-06-2006, 02:25 PM   #2
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Hand held WoW , very nice all around color and noise ... what noise. Nice work.
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Although I was not there in person to compare the colors, they look great from here.
really good examples on how k10 rocks!

thanks for sharing this with us.

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Night time colors look good. Thanks for posting.

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Great clean images and little noise

Great shots. Then why people whinged about the ISO 1600 noisy anyway. I would hardly use ISO1600 to take shots
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Handheld? Unbelievable!
BTW, if you're still in Zürich try Pizza Pasta Ciao, Weinbergstrasse 26!
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Thank you for all your answers.

As I said, I will have to wait until I am home to evaluate the noise on a decent screen for photos, so these comments is already a good feedback that these photos are not too noisy.

I am also surprised how good SR managed to stabilize the image. Exposure times were not soo long, but already at 1/10th, SR performed well.

Thank you for the tip Ole. I will be nearly each week in Zurich over the next months, so I will have plenty of time to "visit" the one or other restaurants.

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All very nice, that last one I especially like. I'm really starting to envy that SR desire for it doesn't match my fear of telling the wife I want a new camera... Yet.
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As I still could not see a lot of noise in these shots on my computer screen, I went with the photo to a shop to have the photos printed to real photos.

I got the prints and new why the computer screens do show so little noise: there is simply not more noise in the photos.

The prints do just show a little bit of noise. The salesman in the shop could not really believe that these were so high ISO shots.
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Thanks for that tip

I will try some prints out myself as well then

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