ISO vs. Image Quality

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Inky22 Junior Member • Posts: 43
ISO vs. Image Quality

Greetings,

I'm wondering what peoples tolerance level is for higher ISOs.  Recently I've been taking some wildlife pics (mainly birds) under some challenging lighting conditions.  Many people recommend a shutter speed that is 3x the focal distance which would put me up to 1/600 of a sec. which means I have to raise the ISO quite a bit.  I really don't like to go beyond ISO 400 and would rather stay at or below 200.  I'm wondering how others feel about this.  At what point do you feel the loss of image quality due to high ISO is too much?

I have a D7100 with a 70-200mm f2.8 Nikon lens.  I'm also using Lightroom to develop my images so some noise reduction is possible, but it's not all together satisfying.

So, looking for opinions.

Thanks,

Ken

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Nikon D7100 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
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