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| p.1 #18 · Appeal of super high ISOs...fallacy? |
Recently on the forums I'm noticing examples of the latest bodies and their super high iso abilities. While I can understand the use for it (night sports, weddings, etc) most of the shots that I see posted are usually of somebody sitting on a couch or cat in a living room with horrible white balance and no visual appeal aside from a proper exposure. I'm not really sure what to think of it. It makes me question if people are buying into these new bodies just for the sake of taking photos in the dark. Two things come to mind: the quality of light is still crap even if you're getting the right exposure, depth of field is usually no deeper than f2.8.
I recently shot a BJJ tournament with a 5dii and 70-200 2.8II at ISO 6400 and thought the shots came out decent and can see why the high ISO ability is useful in situations like these. But in a controlled situation (where I can add light) I just really don't see any visual appeal of using super high ISO for around the house for family or animal photos. After all, IMO photography is all about capturing light, not the pursuit of crappy light trying to make something useable from it. This is the end of my rant. Thank you all for listening.
1. As you say, there a tons of non-controlled situations (lots of sports, PJ work, wildlife, etc.). Don't forget that even on the brightest, sunniest days, you are already into high ISOs shooting wildlife in a forest interior and that is just for starters.
2. Maybe the very low, but non-planned light is nicer light than setting up flash? Or setting up flash would totally change the mood, atmosphere, look of the shot? Lots of people are not big on flash.
3. Even if you don't end up shooting at ISO51,200, if it does much better there, it will also deliver a much nicer ISO800-4000 too, don't forget.