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High ISO images

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by BBW, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I don't know about you all, but I'm just amazed by this camera's abilities at high ISO speeds. Next I have to have some prints made but they look very good to my eyes even at their largest sizes. And I'm talking about in color, too.

    Most of you will remember my claim of taking this picture at an ISO of 64,000 :wink: - it was really a mistake in my zeroes, not an on purpose exaggeration. In reality it was taken at 1/2500 @ f/8 ISO 6400

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/5727745915/" title="5-11-205-Edit-2.jpg by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr">5727745915_4aa11a73b9_b.jpg"1024" height="680" alt="5-11-205-Edit-2.jpg"></a>

    I have a whole bunch of photographs from our daughter's graduation that I am slowly making my way through. Don't worry, I promise I won't post them all here, but I thought it might be interesting for some of us to show examples of high ISO images that we think have worked out well.

    Here's one example of a photograph at 1/55th @ f/2.8 ISO 5000. In this case I did use Nik's Define directly from the DNG file - just their automatic setting.. I don't really know how to use it but I used it. Then I used Color Efex Pro Contrast...then back into Lightroom and did my own thing. If anyone has any interest you can see two other versions of this picture - one with no noise compensation...and one with just using LR's de-noise slider...if you click here.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/5815561538/" title="5-11-251-Edit-2-Edit.jpg by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr">5815561538_379767bf9f_b.jpg"1024" height="680" alt="5-11-251-Edit-2-Edit.jpg"></a>

    I hope others will add their pictures here if they were taken at what most of us would consider high ISO speeds because I think this is one of the X100's highlights. Of course it makes great photos at ISO 200, too.:biggrin:
     
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  2. Janis

    Janis SC Regular

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Central Texas
    Looks good, BB! I'm so glad you love the camera you waited for so long. Stop tempting me!
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    :biggrin: Perhaps you'll find one that you can try out Janis?
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    A few at 3200 (that's where I've set the ceiling or Auto ISO so that's as high as I've gone - can't imagine needing more since I can shoot in nearly pitch black conditions as is!). I'm sure these have been up elsewhere but not in the context of high ISO. All were processed in Color Efex Pro, but no NR other than the in-camera jpeg NR (which is better than I can do with post processing NR treatment).

    -Ray

    3200 f2.0, 1/27th
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5718355817/" title="DSCF0233 (1) by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="688" alt="DSCF0233 (1)"></a>

    3200 f2.8, 1/45th
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5713296200/" title="DSCF0219 by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="688" alt="DSCF0219"></a>

    3200 f2.8 1/34th
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/5793331688/" title="DSCF0029 by ramboorider1, on Flickr">"1024" height="688" alt="DSCF0029"></a>
     
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  5. ugog

    ugog SC Regular

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    Jun 9, 2011
    here is one of my youngest daughter f2 iso 3200 1/58

    really impressed with the high iso results up there with my d700

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  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Thanks to you both!
     
  7. vincechu

    vincechu SC Veteran

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    Sep 14, 2010
    Ray and BB, I'm really loving the colours and PP I'm seeing from both of you on the forums recently - keep it up! I have to say PP is a big weak point of mine, and seeing your images is a good motivation - thanks :)

    Also... no thanks for starting off my X100 urges again :frown: its a good job I'm too poor at the moment :wink: but seriously, thats some crazy good high ISO performance, reminds me of my k5's performance. I guess it wont be long til talking about high iso performance will just be a thing of the past as technology reaches a point it virtually becomes a non-issue, perhaps a 2-3years on aps-c sensors?
     
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  8. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    Shot this morning. ISO2500, f2.8 1/140, RAW processed in LR with minimal noise reduction and a neutral tone conversion to B+W. Processed for posting in CS4. I remain amazed at the X100's low light ability while I remember pushed Tri-X and and grain like rocks.
    p508221856-4.jpg
    . . . David
     
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  9. ugog

    ugog SC Regular

    39
    Jun 9, 2011
    St. Anne's Church, Dublin - shot at f2 iso 3200 handheld (no flash) ooc jpeg no pp.

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    DSCF0365 by ugog, on Flickr
     
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  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Well, this all proves one thing now doesn't it.
    High ISO is no longer 3200. It's actually embarrassing to camera makers.
    There's a handful of cameras that can do what the X100 can do at 3200. Even at 6400 or 12800, IQ is very very good.
    Tsk tsk.... what ever will they come up with next.
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    Agreed.:2thumbs: This is one of the many great things about the X100.
     
  12. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    As the X100 is the right tool for so many situations, what other compact high IQ camera are you taking along on an extended trip of let's say two weeks, big city, country side, mountains. The X100 covers probably 80% or more of ones needs, but there are times a wider or longer lens is needed. And let's assume your physician just diagosed you with a small sensor camera allergy.:wink:
     
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  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    There are always antihistamines.:tongue:
     
  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    In all seriousness, good question. I don't know the answer about high ISO cameras... Are any of the Ricoh's with the lens modules good at high ISOs?
     
  15. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    There are always tradeoffs. Even though I almost never use mine around my home turf anymore, I continue to think m43 is the best compromise between size and quality out there. And the perfect travel gear. its not as good as the Nex or X100 at high ISO, but its getting fairly close and is pretty damn good, just not AS good. And the versatility in a small package is tough to beat. Take a G3 or a GF3 (if you don't mind the lack of buttons and evf) with something like a 14-140 (or 14-150) as your main lens, and bring a UWA (9-18 or 7-14) and something faster (20mm or the new 25mm or the Voightlander 25mm) for low light, and you're quite well set for nearly anything you could possibly encounter. In a very small and light bag. You could always compromise further and take something like an XZ-1 or LX-5 or S95, but then your allergies kick in.

    I tend not to use my m43 gear around home much because I'm usually going out to shoot with some particular purpose in mind and usually the X100 or GRD3 or Nex is a better tool for the job (except for the rare telephoto application, where m43 is all I've got). But if I was going on a major sightseeing trip again where photography wasn't the primary goal and my goal was good travel photography rather than better expressive photography, m43 with one or two bodies and 3-4 lenses would still be an easy call. And as the bodies and lenses continue to get better, it'd be an even easier call than it was last summer when I did such a trip.

    -Ray
     
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  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Since I got the GRD3, I've spent a bit of time checking in on a couple of Ricoh forums and, from what I can gather, the GXR with the APS lens/sensor modules (at either 28 or 50mm equivalencies) are very good. Sounds like probably on par with the Nex, just a little bit less good than the X100. But still very capable. No personal experience though. But really, the GH2 and G3 and maybe the GF3 are getting so good its getting close to a non-issue. Not quite a non-issue, but getting there.

    -Ray
     
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  17. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    :biggrin:
     
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  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otra/5867868544/" title="6-11-95-Edit.jpg f/11 @ 1600 ISO by BBW: BB Wylie Walden, on Flickr">5867868544_17bdd1738d_b.jpg"1024" height="680" alt="6-11-95-Edit.jpg f/11 @ 1600 ISO"></a>

    Does 1600 ISO count as high anymore? Just FYI, I did use some Nik Color Efex Glamour Glow for this one, but the original without is very sharp. I wanted a different look.
     
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  19. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    I typically don't shoot much above ISO 1600 with the X100. And, I'm not much of a concert shooter. However, yesterday I found myself in a very dimly lit small club. This is a shot of my grandson taken at ISO 6400. (Our son was also performing in another band. Lots of fun.) Processed in LR and CS4. Pretty impressive. :smile:

    . . . David
     
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  20. Photorx12

    Photorx12 SC Regular

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    May 31, 2011
    I have always had a struggle with low lite conditions, I have slowly been trying to grasp good picture taking in low light situations. This pic was taken during one of my lectures at ISO 3200.
    X100_3200_ISO_.jpg
     
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