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Amazing that ISO 6400 cleans up so well, Whayne!
Pixel Perfect wrote:
I find the results can vary enormously, but getting good focus (noise seems worse even in slightly oof shots), and exposing to the right can give me either clean files or files that clean up with minor NR.
At times I have thought wow this is crap, but at others I have thought what's all the fuss about. I have modified my workflow too which has helped.
ISO 6400 shot, which I wouldn't have considered at one stage.
Yes, ETTR is a standard capture technique for me too, as it helps tremendously in minimizing noise.
I shoot 100% M mode, so sometimes I couldn't adjust the exposure fast enough on some skittish birds, resulting into underexposed shots. Still, the 7D files process well enough even when pushed.
BTW, this was among my first birdshots using FW 2.0. Absolutely no issues so far - all my MFA values were intact and as accurate as the previous FW.
Red-keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum australe, a Philippine endemic, 4 inches total length)
Shooting info - Canon 7D + 400 2.8 IS + Canon 2x TC II, 800 mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/320 sec, 475B/516 support, manual exposure in available light, spot AI servo AF, uncropped full frame, pushed 0.70 stop in RAW conversion.