Even at that never heard of (a couple of years ago), ultra high ISO for a HALF FRAME sensor, the result was ACCEPTABLE!
I remember I commented then...
"I cannot believe my eyes! Take a look at the ISO 25,600 shot! That is from a half framed sensor! M4/3 definitely HAS ARRIVED!"
But have I ever used these crazy high ISO setting in the real world? NO!
Unlike a photographer I know who just love to dial ultra high ISO for most of his shoots, even when there was enough light for a much lower setting!
For me, I try to use the lowest ISO I possibly can; good as the smaller sensors in the digital cameras now a day, high ISO still produce too much noise to my liking! But what if the dim available light gave me no choice but to go ultra high ISO?
So far I do not need to, UNTIL TODAY!
It turn out to be a nice cool (18C) sunny Sunday...
We are going to visit the Bodhinyanarama Buddhist Monastery at Stokes Valley.
I took my OM-D and three lenses, the 14-42 (Eq 28-84) f3.5/5.6 "kit zoom"; the Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 zoom and my favorite ultra wide, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14 mm F4.0.
Once there, I was happily snapping pictures around the monastery...
The 1,600 was no good once I was at the air well area! This spacious area use to be well lit, with natural light streaming from the top, due to the early Wesak celebration last week; the air well opening is covered with a thick, translucent cover and even at ISO 1,600 setting, I will be lucky to get 1/4 sec at f4!
But 6,400 is no good at where the devotees were lining up to offer food to the monks! I dialed into ISO 20,000 :) My OM-D informed me that I am getting 1/30 at f4. Just barely fast enough to combat subjects moment!
But can we improve or rather tone down the noise?
|The crop... not as bad as I thought! I will run this through Noise Ninja..|
It has been an enjoyable and educational week end!
Famous Last Words...
Do not be afraid to use your digital camera's high ISO setting, if you have to. You will be plesantly surprise to find out how good they are!