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Whats your upper ISO Limit?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bhupinder2002, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I was just going through my all pics shot in last 3 years and I noticed I never crossed ISO 1600 in 99.99% of them .Infact I was probably never in a situation where I needed ISO 3200. There were a few shots at 2000 and ISO 2500 from my EPL2 and thats it .My average ISO ranges from ISO 200-800 .
    Now this has essentially prevents me from just jumping on new cameras offering better higher ISO performance and bla bla and thats a good thing as I can easily prevent myself from buying those new bodies based on these facts .
    I am interested in knowing what is your average ISO and how higher you normally go and how often ??
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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    It really all depends on what I'm shooting for. The majority of my photos are of a commercial nature and rarely go beyond ISO200. ISO 400, 800, and 1600 are all used about as often when needed. I generally always use the lowest I can get away with. ISO3200 I use on rare occasions, and I can't remember ever using ISO6400. I might have.

    Unless I'm using Auto ISO for whatever reason, then I only use full ISO stops. So you won't see shots at like IS2000 or ISO2500 in my pictures. If you do see them that means I'm on AutoISO. If I'm on AutoISO, then I'm most likely in Shutter Priority.
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  3. WJW59

    WJW59 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    On my E-620 I have the ISO set not to exceed 800. On my E-PL2, which I tend to use for more indoor family shots, I have the ISO set not to exceed 1250 (1200?). I have yet to have the camera not take a shot except at a zoo display of nocturnal animals. I run in to more occasions when I want ISO 50 than 6400. Even early and late, the bright Texas sun can be a problem. :cool: 
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  4. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Thanks Ned , we all know u are a commercial photographer and ur needs are different as u have all equipment to use lowest possible ISO ranging from faster lenses and lights etc etc .But yes I think most of us are essentially happy unto 1600 and perhaps sometime max of ISO 3200 if situation demands .
    Ned I also appreciate the way u respond to everyone's queries in so much detail.People like you are real assets to the community and I am glad u are with us on this forum .
  5. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    I know Low ISO of 200 on EPL2 is a bit pain and I am hoping new OM-D will have baseline ISO100 .
  6. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2011
    I probably average around 200-400 on my GF2, and my mental limit is 1600. When I process, the first thing I do is run through Nik's Dfine which does a great job, and then after processing I sharpen in Lightroom. I'm very happy with images done this way, but I only shoot for fun. As a comparison I often go to 3200 on my D7000, and sometimes even 6400 for night baseball games with pretty good results.
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  7. drewbot

    drewbot Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    ISO 1600 on a GF1

    Lightroom can clean up most of the noise to useable.

    But the only times I've ever hit ISO 1600 are in romantically dimly lit restaurants.
  8. KVG

    KVG Banned User

    May 10, 2011
    yyc(Calgary, AB)
    Kelly Gibbons
    Mostly 100-200 on my gf1 highest I use is 800

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  9. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I shoot mostly at iso 200. I still forget sometimes that I can just bump it up if I need to. I just filtered my main Aperture library and 90% of my photos less than or equal to 800.

  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Depends on the camera and the situation. With the x100 I shoot at 3200 regularly when I'm shooting street at night, and 6400 when I need to. Both are very useable. The GXR 28 is very useable at its 3200 limit. My epl3 I don't shoot beyond 1600, my grd3 I don't shoot beyond 800 and didn't shoot my gf1 beyond 800 either when I had one. Shooting at night on the street you sometimes need all of the ISO you can get to keep the shutter speed within a useable range. It's nice to have a camera or two that I can take up there.

  11. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I run up to ISO 3200 in auto, even on the 20mm (E-PM1). Getting that shot is way more important to me in party environments etc than worrying about some lost noise or DR. I often push the exposure in LR too. I'm running my NEX at 6400 and even 12800, but I don't have a decent lens so I'm forced into that situation.
  12. On my E-PL1 and GH1 I use a practical limit of ISO 800 and an emergency limit of ISO 1600. My percentage usage of either of the above ISOs would be in the very low single digits.
  13. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    3200 for nightime baseball, football, & soccer. (But these were shot with my DSLR)
  14. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2011
    I had my auto ISO limit at 800 for a while, but then I decided that, in auto mode, I'd rather have grainy pictures than blurry ones, so I bumped it to 1600. If I manually choose ISO, I stay lower than 400 or 800 whenever possible.
  15. grantb

    grantb Mu-43 Veteran

    Same here on e-p3, except I never go above 1600. I wish the upper ISO limit was on the SCP. I want this at 800 most of the time, but at 1600 when I'm trying to capture action indoors. I end up manually setting it on 1600 and then forgetting and leaving it on.
  16. zerotiu

    zerotiu Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 13, 2011
    ISO 5000 but I always maintain this to max 3200 with S priority. 5000+ Nix Dfine = still acceptable
  17. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    I set my Auto ISO upper limit to 1600 on both my E-P3 and E-PL3, since I shot mostly JPEGs, and I feel that there is too much loss in detail and color if I go beyond that. I do plan on switching to shooting RAW soon, and that might allow me to bump up the Auto ISO upper limit to 3200 with a little bit more post-processing...
  18. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Obviously I prefer ISO200 but I tend to use "Auto ISO" nowadays with the max. ISO value set to 800. But I try to avoid even 800 because of the noise. I need a new, better sensor for my camera... :tongue:
  19. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Are u sure u need only SENSOR and not the whole camera?WE can negotiate with Panasonic or Olympus to DIY sensor replacement kit for ur existing MFT body hahahaahah :rofl:
  20. PeterK

    PeterK Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 6, 2012
    I often shoot indoors or at night in natural lighting without flash. Even though I am using fast lenses (1.7, 1.8) I need to go as high as ISO 6400. However Lightroom 3 can easily get rid of all the color noise without quality degradation.
    I leave the luminance noise. GH2 noise is of nice film-like quality. It just gives the photos gritty look that complements the night setting well.
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