BIF shooters, please help

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Re: BIF shooters, please help
In reply to dzba, 4 months ago

With my Canon T2i (550D) camera, I commonly use up to ISO5000. A little noise is better than a blurry picture. When the photo is resized or printed out the small amount of noise is "washed away", I believe because the noise is in the mix with other good pixels. It also depends on the size of the print, the printer and many other things.

Here's one recent picture at ISO5000 that I previously showed (as an extreme example). It was very cloudy with light rain and I took this through thick glass at the zoo. I also have taken pictures of birds up to ISO5000 also (it's because we have such a rainy climate where I live).

I don't have experience with other Canon telephoto lenses, so I can only relate to what I get with my Canon 55-250mm IS lens. Here's a BIF with that lens at ISO800 at F13. What I like about my lens, is that the autofocus locks on fast (compared to my older Olympus DSLR 70-300mm lens). This little bird was skimming along the surface of the water rather fast. I might have cropped this a little too. At the time (if I remember correctly) I saw this bird and just took it with whatever settings I had in the camera at the time. I wasn't planning on taking this picture. I just happened to see the bird and quickly reacted.

So, what I'm saying (with these examples) is that if I were you, I would be stopping the lens down some and using higher ISO levels. We have to be careful to not pixel peek too much for a little bit of noise. Just look at the overall result when it's shown on the web or when we print the picture out.

Oh, just one more comment.  These are out-of-the-camera JPEGs and my sharpness level (I believe) is at 4 out of 7 (that I set in the menu).

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