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What is your ISO range preference?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WT21, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    A simple poll related to this thread: https://www.mu-43.com/f35/does-anyone-else-here-care-more-about-low-iso-than-high-iso-14946/

    The question: if you could only have ONE of this below, which would you pick?

    It's all just a bit of fun-- no right or wrong answer. Remember, let's pretend these are either/or, and you can only have one.

    [edit] The thought on #3 is that you are sacrificing a bit of IQ to get a broad middle range, vs. have spectacular low or high ISO only. Again, a bit of a pretend circumstance.
  2. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I try not to shoot above 400. I try to keep 800 as my top limit but will venture into 1600 if the need arises. Better a low IQ photo than none at all. For low light I usually grab a FF dSLR.

    My usual shooting ISO is 200-400.

  3. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    ISO 200-1600 describes what I use. Usually 200 being the base ISO on my E-PL2, and between 800-1600 in certain venues. I don't use much in between those two, nor do I use anything above or below.
  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    I echo the above 2.......200-400 is preferred. 800 if I need it. 1600 if b/w conversions are acceptable or manual f1.4 lens aren't allowed or there is some other reason I need it.
  5. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    I usually use 1-4 and 8 if I have to but on the gf1 8+ is garbage IMO

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  6. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    purely for all my family event photos taken in my mothers obsurdly dim home... i could use a clean iso 5billion
    i swear she uses nothing but 5watt bulbs and i hates waiting for flash recycling! ;) 

    i voted for the broad spectrum!
  7. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010

    200 outdoor
    800 indoor

    cover 95% of my photos with the 20. 1.7

    when i use the 14-150 i often go up to 400-800 when i zoom ( outdoor, i dont use this lens indoor )
  8. 43hk

    43hk Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2010
    100-400 depending on lighting. Sometimes 800 if I'm shooting B+W.

    Higher than that for survey or record shots which only have to convey information not art. :0)
  9. WT21

    WT21 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    Good way to put it.
  10. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2011
    San Francisco, CA
    ISO 200-1600 with my E-PL2. I never use AutoISO and always try to use 200-400 whenever possible changing ISO quickly between the shots. Indoors I usually can get by with ISO800 and NF set to low. Some restaurants are quite dark and I am forced to use ISO1600 but those pics are for facebook only so the noise is not seen at those sizes. I never use ISO3200 cause I think I'd rather have no picture at all than total crap. For most static objects I usually never have to go above ISO400 thanks to IBIS (dramatic difference compared to GF2 which I tried once). I also found it's quite possible to shoot portraits at 1/20s when your objects are asked to sit still.
  11. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    I use whatever ISO will get me the picture. If the picture sucks, it won't be because of noise...
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  12. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
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  13. snkenai

    snkenai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 5, 2010
    Almost always 100. Rarely 400.
  14. Toonman

    Toonman Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 19, 2010

    Absolutely agree. 800 is max for the GF1.
  15. compositor20

    compositor20 Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 21, 2010
    my e-p1 maximum is iso1250 and with my e-pl1 i use iso 1000 because the way lightroom 3 deals with color noise being worse with e-pl1 ...
  16. Kade.Sirin

    Kade.Sirin Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 23, 2010
    Las Vegas
    I live in the hi-iso range.....
  17. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    I had my e-p1 with the 14-42 during a trip to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Most shots are 400-1600, with 1600 not being rare. I still show these shots around, for the pleasure of myself and others. I can be fussy about sharpness but I'm forgiving about noise. I tend to avoid shooting in bright sunlight unless I have no choice so I never go below 200.
  18. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I've got auto-iso on my GH2 set to 160-1600 - the longer I shoot the more I've come to realise that a little bit of noise is rarely going to ruin an image.

    Set it and forget it is my approach, unless I'm doing something really critical (in which case I'll use a tripod and it doesn't matter...) :) 
  19. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Just to note, I also frequent the Pentax Discussion List and I have seen many fine images shot above 1600 with the K5. I can think of one guy in particular who loved to crawl around his town's industrial waterfront at night. He hated the K7 but rejoiced at the K5. Many people (the majority, actually) live in cities and those evening shots in artificial light where flash is often useless are de rigueur. High ISO is not really optional anymore for any mainstream camera and it's not just a laundry list feature. OTOH, I think that mu43 does just fine in many of these circumstances. It always amazes me that folks who lived with grain can't live with noise, especially with a B&W conversion.
  20. Adubo

    Adubo SithLord Subscribing Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    i do not (often) shoot dark bars (never sports), but i use iso800 in broad daylight (i mainly do street) and hi f-stops.

    noise? who cares about noise (aside from the iso 25-200 guys, obviously they need noise free images)

    if the image shows emotions and the message it wants to send, i couldnt careless (standing in a streetphotographers point of view)

    that's just me tho :biggrin:
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