Super Low-Light portraits with the Takumar 50/1.4

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
Charlie Lab
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Re: Super Low-Light portraits with the Takumar 50/1.4

sean lancaster wrote:

You have some terrific shots mixed in that sample.

I don't think of those shots and that scene as "super low light," though. Many of those shots are in lighting that I shoot daily. In fact, I'd call that regular indoor lighting found typical homes. Pushing your lens wide open (i.e., f/1.4) and still needing ISO 3,200 or 6,400 (or, taking darker images) is where I'd draw the line to get to super low light and that may even be generous.

I can't really disagree with you, Sean. "Low light" not "Super low light" indeed. In looking at the EXIF data, it's interesting to see how varied the lighting was. I also tried to capture the adults as they were near a light source, but since I was moving between some extremes of light with some fast-moving subjects, I fell back on auto-ISO to help (limited to 1600).

I am curious about your experience with wide apertures at very high ISO - I'm not happy with my results so far. I may try a longer lens to capture closer crops, and take advantage of the many pixels to compensate, or just shoot a little darker (i do use that trick sometimes)


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