What defines high ISO nowadays?

Started Aug 18, 2012 | Discussions thread
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gebco
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What defines high ISO nowadays?
Aug 18, 2012

I was reflecting last night as I took pics of my son in a band concert in a school gymnasium with my K-x and Sigma 50-150. I was at 150 mm, ISO 3200, f2.8 and 160th s. I decided to experiment and stop down while bumping up the ISO, doing so up to ISO 8000. Given, the light was decent, but all of the pics came out sharp, and clean up nicely in LR.

Back in my film days, ISO 400 was already a bit grainy, ISO 1600/3200 was definitely high ISO. I'm wondering if 1600/3200 are considered high nowadays. With all the advances it looks like ISO 6400 and up would be considered high?

It keeps me excited for the future of photography. We can do things today we couldn't even dream of years ago.

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