What is the maximum ISO you're comfortable shooting (and what camera)?

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What is the maximum ISO you're comfortable shooting (and what camera)?
Mar 5, 2013

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies. I will typically set auto ISO up to 800 but no more for action photography.

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3200 with Sony rx100. Kinda new to the d5100 but I assume it'll match that.

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Sammy Yousef wrote:

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies. I will typically set auto ISO up to 800 but no more for action photography.

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D90 pretty much the same as you. I'll sometimes stretch to ISO 1600 if I really need to but prefer to limit to ISO 800 and prefer to keep to ISO 200 wherever possible.

For the D7000 you can add a stop to all the high ISO and I am happy to shoot at ISO 100 to 400 anytime. If I don't need to get the maximum out of the sensor (won't need to print large) then ISO 3200 is acceptable, but the problem here is that I tend not to want to commit to output usage restrictions (or even think about that) while I am shooting - I prefer to keep all options open if possible. Nevertheless if you are shooting in low natural light conditions, need to freeze subject motion and cannot or prefer not to use flash. ISO 3200 can sometimes get you a shot that would otherwise not be possible.

RX100 as for D90 but usage is different and I am not expecting to print an ISO 800 image very large.

E-PL2 Close to D7000 for ISO vs IQ, but not quite. It is a less capable camera in other respects so usage as yet is not really the same, although the purpose of owning the E-PL5 is to provide a more portable alternative to the D7000.

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3200 with D7000 if i have to, but usually at 1600

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D80 - 800

D300 - 1600

D7000 - 3200

Of course I prefer base ISO, and prefer to shoot at less than half my "comfortable" level if possible.

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My philosophy is to always shoot at 100 iso unless you can't. On my D7000 I get very good results at 400 iso as well, so when there's a good reason I have no problem shooting higher.

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Sammy Yousef wrote:

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies.

D7000 and Topaz DeNoise combination.... ISO6400 easy.

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D7000 ISO 1600, but I have gone 3200 in a pinch but IQ degrades even in RAW.

D600 ISO 6400

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Mako2011 wrote:

Sammy Yousef wrote:

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies.

D7000 and Topaz DeNoise combination.... ISO6400 easy.

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Topaz DeNoise is pretty incredible -- I've gone to ISO3200 on my D7000 with DeNoise and it has almost completely cleared up the noise with very little detail reduction.

I'll give 6400 a try.

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Mako2011 wrote:

Sammy Yousef wrote:

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies.

D7000 and Topaz DeNoise combination.... ISO6400 easy.

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Topaz DeNoise is pretty incredible -- I've gone to ISO3200 on my D7000 with DeNoise and it has almost completely cleared up the noise with very little detail reduction.

I'll give 6400 a try.

ISO 6400 takes a little more work and suited better for some scenes over others. Using Topaz DeNoise in layers or selectively you can nearly get the same results as having done it with 3200. Scene dependent of course.

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I mostly shoot in Auto ISO in S or A priority modes saved to my U1 and U2. I am comfortable with ISO 3200, although it rarely jumps that high.

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I'm comfortable shooting to 3200 on d7000.  High ISO only comes into play during dance recitals/competition, etc. and indoor sports.  My preference is lens stopped down 1 stop from max up to 3200 and then go from there either wide open, reduce shutter speed, or up to 6400 or any combination thereof.   I'm concerned about people, so if the subject is lit and the scene is dark, i'll meter person.  When you get to 6400 with any crop skin turns to mush or plastic with noise reduction, but can be acceptable.  I took some test shots at 12,800 this weekend for kicks and it's very, very rough.  If it gets to that I just put the camera up.

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D5100, ISO 1600, 3200 in a low light pinch. Not 6400. Rule of thumb: highest usable ISO is half the maximum (without going into extended range). With my D5100 (or D7000) that would be 3200, half of 6400.

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fotolopithecus wrote:

My philosophy is to always shoot at 100 iso unless you can't. On my D7000 I get very good results at 400 iso as well, so when there's a good reason I have no problem shooting higher.

Lol.  Duh.

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6400, D7000.  Better a noisy shot than a blurry one.

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Currently using a D90 and I have no qualms about taking it to 1600; sometimes to 3200 if I really want the shot.  Using Topaz Denoise really helps out though with removing the noise at the higher ISOs and basically repressed my urges to get the new D7100 (for now....).

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D7000 1600iso.

I'm a new convert to DeNoise and love it. But 1600iso is still my go to max.

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Mako2011 wrote:

Sammy Yousef wrote:

I typically shoot my D90 at base ISO (200), but was wondering what most people actually shoot at regularly with the newer bodies.

D7000 and Topaz DeNoise combination.... ISO6400 easy.

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HOw you like the Topaz Denoise compared to detail mode in LR 4.0... I have Topaz bundle loaded, but not tried denoise yet, is it really better?

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I start my D90 at base ISO of 200 and shoot 99% in manual . My brain is now wired that I could not see ever getting away from front & rear wheel adjustments. I increase my ISO based on need, type of picture or type of effect that I want. If I just want to get the shot I would increase ISO to where it takes me to get the shot than try to fix in PP, photoshop,lightroom, topaz, etc. Last resort I try B&W than X for delete.

I know that our D90's are limited and upgrading will get to lower ISO, but will hold off till May.

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Nikon D90: max ISO3200

Nikon D5100: max ISO6400

The noise doesn't bother me as much a blurry photos or having to use tripod for every shot.

I use ISO Auto in combination with M mode in order to reduce as much as possible the ISO Speed.

Nikon D5100, ISO 4500

Nikon D90, ISO 2500

I go to the max only if necessary.

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