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If you had only 1 (one) ISO setting available?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by MrDoug, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. MrDoug

    MrDoug Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    If you had only 1 Camera and multiple lenses.. and you had to live with just (1) one ISO setting.. and you were unable to change it.. what ISO would you pick to get good all around shots most of the time. ??? This question takes into consideration Zoom lenses as well.. one ISO and one camera with multiple lenses.. what would that 1 ISO be? :smile:
  2. MexicoMik

    MexicoMik Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 19, 2012
    The base ISO - 200 in the case of the EP3.
  3. shnitz

    shnitz Mu-43 All-Pro

    Well, the measured dynamic range and color capabilities of our cameras only give the full performance at base ISO, so it's hard to choose something else. I was tempted to choose 400, as it's a decent compromise (increased sensitivity without too much additional noise, and it still retains a decent dynamic range and color space) but I think I'm going to have to say 100. Actually, why not 200, gives me a tiny bit of leeway for less static photography.
  4. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    If I only had one ISO, I would be shooting a film camera. The film speed would be 400.
  5. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.

  6. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    ISO 800, better noisy photographs than blurry.
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  7. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    ISO 1600 here. Gotta have those shutter speeds up there. 3200 if the sensor could bear it, but on m4/3 they really can't. On APS-C or especially FF i would say 3200 though.
  8. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    It depends on what kind of camera u have , I would choose 400 anyway
  9. Adobres

    Adobres Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 25, 2011
    I would stay off the coffee and choose 400...
  10. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    If I could have just one ISO setting...
    ...it would be Auto. ;) 
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  11. RussellOlaguer

    RussellOlaguer Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2012
    Paranaque, Philippines
    Russell Olaguer
    i like to chooe 400 but i think i can live with 800 (in e-m5, hehehe).
    like they said... it's better noisy than blurry.
  12. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    When I shot 35mm film my most commonly used ISO rating was 400 because it was the best compromise so that's what I'd go with now.
  13. supermaxv

    supermaxv Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 20, 2011
    400. Similiar to what Geoff said - I usually have ISO 400 film loaded in my SLR, maybe sometimes ISO 200 film in my rangefinder.
  14. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
  15. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    auto iso ;) 

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  16. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    ISO 1600, due to all the low light stuff I shoot, with a ton of ND filters.
  17. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
  18. WJW59

    WJW59 Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Base ISO for the sensor. I don't shoot rapidly moving objects and there is always IS, door frame, fencepost, monopod, tripod, or a string & washer to help stabilize the camera if needed.
  19. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    This is an interesting question. Iso 200 for me.
  20. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Take the ND filters off and the low-light stuff becomes easier. :whyzas:
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