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05-22-2016, 02:05 PM - 1 Like   #1
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So what are we all thinking for a standard acceptable maximum ISO setting for kinda everyday use?

It used to be 400 on my old K20Ds, with the K1... I seem to be getting away with quite daft high settings.

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What's everyday use? Are you shooting children or trees?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
So what are we all thinking for a standard acceptable maximum ISO setting for kinda everyday use?

It used to be 400 on my old K20Ds, with the K1... I seem to be getting away with quite daft high settings.
1600 and under is what I'd consider "very clean". 3200 is still great but I wouldn't venture higher unless absolutely necessary. Thanks to SR, though, that's hardly ever needed these days!

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As always... It depends.

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Well, I still see it as all interconnected. Sure I can get high ISO shots now that I never would have considered a few years ago, and this is a handy option to have when circumstances warrant. But for "everyday" use I keep it at around 100-200 unless there's a need to push it higher. After all, how often do I need to use ISO 6400 on a bright sunny day?
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I say is up to the minimun quality that i accept for the job, my starndad for family pics the highest ISO was ~6000 for the K30, ~4000 for the K3, ~8000 for the K1, of course if more is needed i go beyond that numbers but that numbers are my high auto-ISO in the semi-auto mode... For product photography ISO100 is the maximun always in any camera.

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I'm fascinated to hear this as well. Of course, "acceptable" will be very subjective... 18 months ago I wouldn't have used my K-5 or K-3 above ISO 1600 except in desperation, as I simply hadn't embraced the fact that a certain amount of noise is fine when viewing an image at typical sizes, and even more so with some gentle post-processing. Now I routinely shoot at ISO 6400 and above with my cameras, and - depending on the subject, and the amount of time I'm prepared to put in with Lightroom 6 - I'm very happy with the results. But, I know there are a lot of people here on the forums who wouldn't accept the levels of noise I'm prepared to work with... Anyway, it's the K-1 you're talking about, so I'll shut up now and read with interest the replies you get
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QuoteOriginally posted by Quartermaster James Quote
Well, I still see it as all interconnected. Sure I can get high ISO shots now that I never would have considered a few years ago, and this is a handy option to have when circumstances warrant. But for "everyday" use I keep it at around 100-200 unless there's a need to push it higher. After all, how often do I need to use ISO 6400 on a bright sunny day?
But what if your day-to-day photography was indoors... in not-so-well-lit environments?

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1600 and under is what I'd consider "very clean"
What a bonus for my shutter speeds... now I know why they go up to 1/8000.
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Are you shooting children
I know a few children I'd like to shoot.

I was thinking more about use in "street" work.
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1600 and under is what I'd consider "very clean". 3200 is still great but I wouldn't venture higher unless absolutely necessary. Thanks to SR, though, that's hardly ever needed these days!
That's interesting, Adam, and kind of confirms what I said above in my slightly earlier reply - an acceptable level of noise is a very subjective thing. Out of interest, what's your preferred maximum ISO on the K-3 / K-3II? As I mentioned, I routinely shoot at ISO 6400 and sometimes above, with results the I'm happy with - but that's just me!

EDIT: I should add, I'm talking about shooting RAW and post-processing with LR6...
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on a bright sunny day
We all look forward to those in Scotland, it's sometimes a long time between each occasion.
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on a bright sunny day?
What is that exactly? Rumor has it there was one of those here in Oregon. Once. A long time ago.
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As always... It depends.
Yep, definitely.
What is the subject? What kind of PP are you doing? Will you make large prints or post small jpegs online? Who will view the photos?
I guess you can get some general consensus as to which ISO still looks good. That would be around 3200 and below, from the photos I have seen taken with K-1 and similar sensor cameras.
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We all look forward to those in Scotland, it's sometimes a long time between each occasion.
Anchorage too mate, Anchorage too.
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