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View Poll Results: How often do you use ISO of 1600 or higher
Rarely: as in few times a year 12454.15%
Sometimes: as in every month or two 5122.27%
Regularly: as in few times a week or month 4820.96%
Daily 62.62%
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02-28-2008, 11:41 AM   #16
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i am genuinely surprised by the current result of this pole!

it seems people are not using their SLR cameras to the full advantage!

you have been blessed with a larger sensor and high noise control to allow you to take naturaly lit pictures in dim lighting conditions

you have also been blessed as a pentax user with shake reduction to further increase your ability to take dim light pictures

but you opt out of using these features! What a shame really.



02-28-2008, 11:48 AM   #17
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I don't have a digital, so I voted for what I would use, based on my shooting habits. A few times a week, then.
02-28-2008, 12:08 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i am genuinely surprised by the current result of this pole!

it seems people are not using their SLR cameras to the full advantage!

you have been blessed with a larger sensor and high noise control to allow you to take naturaly lit pictures in dim lighting conditions

you have also been blessed as a pentax user with shake reduction to further increase your ability to take dim light pictures

but you opt out of using these features! What a shame really.

I guess then there is another poll needed, I don't know how to word it, but basically you need to put a chart of lighting conditions, from say 16 EV down to about 3 EV and have the descriptions put next to them, i.e. bright daylight to clear sky no moon, and ask people to check as many conditions as they want (or brightest to dimmest) , where they would go out and shoot without a flash.

we may have a high number of fair weather photographers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote

we may have a high number of fair weather photographers.
thats probably it,

my speciality is low to no light street/bar/party photography.

the majority of my photographs are between 1/6 and 1/30 shutter speed iso 1600 almost all the time,

once i save up some cash i'm getting the K20 for sure, from Chris's pictures iso 3200 is VERY usable (with the K100D the 3200 option is really stretching the sensors limits)

02-28-2008, 12:20 PM   #20
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I have only used ISO-1600 once since I've owned my DSLR.
02-28-2008, 12:29 PM   #21
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I shoot at 400 whenever possible, but use 1600 if the situation calls for it. I've never used 3200 other than when I felt like goofing around with the camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
thats probably it,

my speciality is low to no light street/bar/party photography.

the majority of my photographs are between 1/6 and 1/30 shutter speed iso 1600 almost all the time,

once i save up some cash i'm getting the K20 for sure, from Chris's pictures iso 3200 is VERY usable (with the K100D the 3200 option is really stretching the sensors limits)
WHile I don't specifically specialize in it, even if you exclude the photo's I have taken for my daughter's performances, I have found High ISO invaluable when travelling.

If it is a question of not getting the shot or living with the grain, I don't turn up my nose like some and say it's not worth it, I will turn up the ISO and get the shot.

As I said early on in this thread, compared to what was possible with film, any DSLR performs very well at high ISO
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I put sometimes because I will do what I need to get the shot. When all I had was the kit lens, I went to cover a couple of events in an arena with poor lighting. The choices were higher ISO, or don't get the pictures.
Since I had to have pics to go with my article, and I like to get paid, I bumped the ISO.

Same for a few night races I have covered. None of the media had much luck with really great pics, but we did what we had to do.

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I have no problems with pushing high ISO even though I have a K10D. I will use what's necessary to get the shot I want.

"Oh, but it's so noisy"... I rather take the noise than to not take the picture, or end up with a poorly composed picture.
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I have two young children, and like to take pictures with available light; therefore ISO 800 & 1600 get a fair amount of use on my K10D.

FWIW, I find that ISO 800 cleans up very well when processed with UFRaw's wavelet denoising filter (with a threshold of 75). Even the noise in properly-exposed ISO 1600 shots is quite acceptable to me (again, denoised in UFRaw, but with a threshold of 100). Underexposed shots don't fare as well, but as has been said before, if it's a question of getting the shot with some noise or not getting the shot at all, I'll take the noise.
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I use high iso frequently. Low light, slow lens, and a preference for natural light photography all contributes. That said I have auto iso set to 100-800. I'm not comfortable letting the camera chose iso 1600 on its own.
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At inside sporting events, I have to go at a high iso to get a somewhat reasonable shutter speed. Maybe once I get a fast lens, I can adjust a bit. As a result, I shoot ISO 1600 on the K10D or even 3200 on the K100D...
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I use iso 1600 occasionally, as I find it works well when converted to monochrome.

For example, here is a shot which I took at 1600 and HDR (handheld as well ;-) )

The noise gives the image a nice grainy effect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i am genuinely surprised by the current result of this pole!

it seems people are not using their SLR cameras to the full advantage!

you have been blessed with a larger sensor and high noise control to allow you to take naturaly lit pictures in dim lighting conditions

you have also been blessed as a pentax user with shake reduction to further increase your ability to take dim light pictures

but you opt out of using these features! What a shame really.

Maybe...but some of us are in bed by 8.30pm too , and we do not frequent nightclubs anymore.

My low light shooting is restricted to inside museums etc and night scenes like Hong Kong Harbor for example, so they are features that I have no need seek out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
I hate flashes with an irrational passion, so before I had any fast lenses, I was shooting mostly at 1600 or 3200. Now I'm usually at ISO 800 and f/1.8 or so. And that's with shutter speeds of 1/15, maybe 1/30.
I hear ya. I try to stay at 200, but I'll use 400 or 800. 1600 doesn't jive with me.
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