What is this fascination with iso6400?

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
joejack951 Senior Member • Posts: 2,682
Re: What is this fascination with iso6400?

tbcass wrote:

Some people shoot sports and wildlife under less than ideal lighting and want the fastest possible shutter speed. Other than that much of it is about bragging rights. I'm with you though. Personally I find the IQ degradation with anything less than FF at iso 6400 and above too severe to use so for me such high iso's are to be avoided at all costs. Personally I rarely need it. Here's an indoor hockey shot at only iso 400.

If motion blurred and under-exposed shots are ok for you, then sure, you didn't need higher than ISO 400 for that shot. I'd have wanted 2-3 times more shutter speed to freeze the action and another stop of exposure for a properly exposed image. That puts me at about ISO 2500 in what appears to be a professional (very well lit) hockey rink. Anything more amateurish is going to approach ISO6400 or higher very quickly.

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