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| p.1 #5 · Which NR reduction setting is better for wildlife.... |
Alan puts it far ahead of what I could say.
I would add that I have some 2,000 iso large animals images on my 5DII that look quite good to me after eye balling it for noise reduction edits in LR4. This is at 40-50% viewing mind you. At 100% mine look similar to yours but I am much closer to the subject and see only face/eyeball. I used Martin Evening's book to guide me for a somewhat systematic approach to noise and sharpness in LR4.
I like the 3rd image best. 4th is a close second.
I think part of the problem I see is you need more pixels on your main image, if you intend to crop this one heavily. If this animal is just part of your overall image, you should not be bothered with viewing it at 100%. If it is, you need to get closer or a larger focal length lens. You can only crop (or crop your view) so much. Especially when wildlife viewing may not lend itself to low iso's. You may want to download a trial of LR4, I find it fantastic for high iso nr with my 5dII.
I'd like to see the entire photo.