What is this fascination with iso6400?

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 11,947
Re: What is this fascination with iso6400?
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Draek wrote:

tkbslc wrote:

More often it describes those that think that their way is the only way and any who behave differently are "idiots."

My point exactly. When people can't let go of the notion they "need" a shutter speed of 1/500 to get a decent photograph is that we get this foolish notion that ISO6400 is an absolute necessity for regular photography. Like the guy who claimed a need for ISO400 in broad daylight and said ISO100 was only appropiate for "static" subjects, being stuck in a certain mindset allows some people to arrive at the craziest conclusions.

Crazy conclusion?  It's pretty straightforward, picture a poorly lit venue:

  • meter scene
  • set lens to max aperture
  • find ISO 400 to give shutter speed of 1/25
  • Take picture and find it ruined by motion blur
  • Set ISO to 6400 and get shutter speed of 400
  • Picture look nice
  • Keep using ISO 6400

Whereas 40 years ago:

  • meter scene
  • set lens to max aperture
  • find ISO 400 to give shutter speed of 1/25
  • Take picture and find it ruined by motion blur
  • go home without photos.

Which sounds better to you?

Facts are, most people lived for decades without ISO6400, in fact they seldom strayed from ISO400, and still managed to create a sizeable work of art and documentary that stays with us to this day.

People lived millennia without access to electricity, much less cameras. What the heck does that have to do with anything.  You are essentially arguing your way back to charcoal on cave walls.

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