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p.1 #1 · 7D High ISO Samples


Every day there seems to be a thread concerning the noise / high ISO capabilities of the 7D. Some hate it, others think it is fine, so such threads usually turn into useless rants where nothing of great usefulness is disclosed. Let's change that...

Premise... A 7D has more noise than a Nikon D3s. A 7D has way less noise than Ektrachrome 400 pushed two stops. A 5DMkII has less noise than a 7D. The 7D has a different feature set that might make it more useful in some situations. Cameras are all different (big surprise) and noise isn't the only purchase / use consideration.

So we aren't dealing with a" better or worse than X" situation. All this thread is trying to show is whether the 7D is "good enough" for the viewers intended purpose - and that will vary from person to person.

Please post your 7D high ISO pics and list the ISO they were shot at and how big a print you would be comfortable making from it. Obviously, this last one is a judgement call so just think in terms of professional level output that wouldn't embrasses you.

Please no pissing on other people's boots. Let's just see what the 7D can do.



Jan 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · 7D High ISO Samples


Different people have different standards and each will have to try the camera to see if it's acceptable to them or not. It all depends on how much PP one feels is acceptable to clean up the noise. Some people like clean images straight out of the camera and those are the ones who will not like the 7D. Others prefer to accept the noisy output and do more PP/NR than you would with other bodies, this is the camp who will be posting their 7D images.


Jan 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
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p.1 #3 · 7D High ISO Samples


Photography is about creating good light, not throwing money on marginally better camera bodies. I understand creating good light isn't always the case but I just felt it was important to mention since many seem to have forgotten.

135mm f/2L @ f/2, 135mm, ISO 1600







35mm f/1.4L @ f/2, 35mm, ISO 1600








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Jan 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #4 · 7D High ISO Samples


Hrow wrote:
Please post your 7D high ISO pics and list the ISO they were shot at and how big a print you would be comfortable making from it.


Here's the only one I have access to right now to post...it was shot @ ISO1600 and I would be very comfortable at 11x14 with this image. This isn't the best example I have at higher ISO and if you peruse the Nature & Wildlife Forum, you'll find even better examples (from really great photographers) shot at 1600 and even 3200 that are quite spectacular (IMHO).

Omar








Jan 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
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p.1 #5 · 7D High ISO Samples


I run a canned action against all 7D and 1D4 images.

Here are examples:

ISO 3200, I can print this as a 20x24 with no issues.



ISO 6400, I can print this as an 8x10, maybe a bit larger.




ISO 12800, I can print this as an 8x10 with no issues.




Jan 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
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p.1 #6 · 7D High ISO Samples


7D ISO 3200 in soft light










Jan 04, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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p.1 #7 · 7D High ISO Samples


ISO 3200 under exposed by a stop then pushed in post, effective ISO 6400, neat image NR. I'd print this A4.




Jan 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · 7D High ISO Samples


omarlyn wrote:
Here's the only one I have access to right now to post...it was shot @ ISO1600 and I would be very comfortable at 11x14 with this image. This isn't the best example I have at higher ISO and if you peruse the Nature & Wildlife Forum, you'll find even better examples (from really great photographers) shot at 1600 and even 3200 that are quite spectacular (IMHO).

Omar


Oh wow! I just checked my original copy of this image and it's not shot @ ISO 1600 at all…it's actually ISO 3200.





ISO 3200




Jan 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #9 · 7D High ISO Samples


ISO 3200, w/Canon 400mm f/5.6, handheld, cloudy day, inside forest.








Jan 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM
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p.1 #10 · 7D High ISO Samples


*looking for that noisy surfing images*


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p.1 #11 · 7D High ISO Samples


What hurts more than noise (which is partially a software problem in post) is the reduction in dynamic range ( though not unique to the 7D).


Jan 05, 2012 at 02:04 AM
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p.1 #12 · 7D High ISO Samples


TeamSpeed wrote:
I run a canned action against all 7D and 1D4 images.

Here are examples:
...


Those are quite amazing. Can I buy a can of whatever you're using?



Jan 05, 2012 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #13 · 7D High ISO Samples


Print size





  Canon EOS 7D    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens    400mm    f/16.0    1/320s    1600 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x lens    560mm    f/11.0    1/250s    1600 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens    400mm    f/6.3    1/320s    1600 ISO    -1.0 EV  




Jan 05, 2012 at 02:49 AM
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p.1 #14 · 7D High ISO Samples


dwweiche wrote:
Those are quite amazing. Can I buy a can of whatever you're using?



Thank you!

I have added my 1D4 actions to the same set, and I have sold this to others. If you are curious, please visit my smugmug page that gives some of the details.

http://teamspeed.smugmug.com/Electronics/CS3-7D-High-ISO-Denoiser/9880192_smTBLd#672817306_2snnC

More samples:

ISO 6400 (again 8x10s are fine)



ISO 12800 Night Football (print at 5x7s)



ISO 6400 (prints easily at 8x10s, on the wall at my dentist's office right now)




Jan 05, 2012 at 03:06 AM
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p.1 #15 · 7D High ISO Samples


I would be confident printing this beyond 8x10. Is there noise in the raw files at the start, yes. But it can certainly be cleaned up in CS5 raw.






1/250s f/3.2 at 32.0mm iso3200



Jan 05, 2012 at 03:50 AM
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p.1 #16 · 7D High ISO Samples


I blew the exposure on this (quickly fading evening light, manual mode) by a full stop...shot at ISO 5000 with the 7D, pushed a full stop in LR3 (effective ISO 10000)...




Jan 07, 2012 at 01:34 AM
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p.1 #17 · 7D High ISO Samples


ISO 6400. Some grain when viewed large on a monitor in the shadow areas, but I bet it would print nice up to a decent size. Probably 8X10 for professional use, but I'd print it larger since the detail is there where it counts and a little shadow noise doesn't bother me at appropriate viewing distances. I think that the main advantage of the 7D over the 40D is the amount of detail still available at higher ISO's. I never thought the detail was really there on the 40D over ISO 800. I would say that the 7D is at least a stop better at high ISO in my real world experience.




Jan 07, 2012 at 02:56 AM
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p.1 #18 · 7D High ISO Samples


The low lighting of hockey rinks have been a house of horrors for me. I'll have to try ISO 6400.


Jan 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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p.1 #19 · 7D High ISO Samples


It would be great see 1:1 crops


Jan 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #20 · 7D High ISO Samples


saneproduction wrote:
It would be great see 1:1 crops


ISO 3200

Full-Size Image Link

Smaller size:








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