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03-02-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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K10D high iso ain't that bad??

because evrybody is talking about high iso stuff on the K20D and comparing it with the K10D high iso, they always say that the high iso is bad or that iso 1600 is unusable, but i think it's oke?? maybe it's because i'm kinda new to the photograpy world but the iso 1600 i took is not all that bad and still pritty good.

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ISO 1600 RAW with sigma 17-70

ISO 1250 RAW with Sigma 17-70

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To me, it's all about getting the right exposure. ETTR, and noise at ISO 1600 will be acceptable in most shots. It's a little hard here because JPEGs for web add more compression, making it hard to see the true noise from the dithering and speckling effect of file compression. But in the end, is ISO 1600 on the K10D usable? Yep, and in fact I use ISO 1000-1600 often, with good results.
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i changed the pictures, they where badly shot. now they are a lot better

oh and sorry for the ugly compression.. not my falt.. (stupid web upload thing)

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No EXIF information - just how do we know these are Pentax images?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
To me, it's all about getting the right exposure. ETTR, and noise at ISO 1600 will be acceptable in most shots.
That is what I've been saying for a while now, that I can get very usable shots using ISO 1600 in the K10.. but you have to nail the exposure. My hope with the new sensor is that it has more latitude when you want to PP those high ISO shots to bring out some shadow detail.

Another example of a decent ISO 1600 shot (at least IMO), no PP NR done

Pentax K10D ,Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
1/10s f/2.8 at 17.0mm iso1600
Ice Hotel photo - palmor photos at

There are some others in the that series where the noise is terrible because I tried to lighten up some of the shadows, but since they are mostly to show family and friends our trip I didn't care about posting them

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