How to determine your camera's ISO tipping point

posted on 11th of june, 2010

Here is another great link for all who are still learning. (Like myself).This one talks about ISO...
Mine is 400 also, anything over that is BAD!
Hope this helps. All cameras are different. Happy shooting

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Posted by Dmccale on September 25, 2010
Thanks Mrallen
Posted by Mrallen on September 25, 2010
I have 2 main camera bodies - a Canon 1DS Mk111 and a Canon 5D Mk11.
The IDS Mk111 I do not use with an ISO of higher than 400. However the 5D Mk11 has a much newer sensor and I regularly use this at 1200 ISO when shooting wildlife with my Canon 500mm prime lens with 1.4x extender. I would only do this in good light to get a fast shutter speed AND good depth of field.
The images taken this way are with many of my agents including: ********, SPL, Dreamstime, ********, ********, etc etc.
Bottom line - The new Canon sensors fitted to professional level cameras are capable of being used at high ISO setting and still giving good quality images without excessive 'grain' or noise.
(I can't speak for Nikon or other makes as I do not use them).
Posted by Tan510jomast on August 18, 2010
there are other variances ie
quality of lenses (prime vs zoom) (critical aperture) , quality of light , proper exposure,etc..
Posted by Landd09 on June 24, 2010
Thanks!!! Debbie. You are the best!
Posted by Dmccale on June 18, 2010
I know a fellow photographer that has a canon,not sure which one but it is the higher priced one.He uses a very high ISO and sells on another site,Maybe it has to to with the better lens and lights.I am doing a lot of studying and would love any advice.I have a Canon 50D
Posted by Margaretanne on June 18, 2010
Thanks .. very useful :)
Posted by Karenkh on June 17, 2010
mine tips out at 400 as well, and that's in good light!
Posted by Claudiofichera on June 17, 2010
Very useful. Thanks Debbie!
Posted by Titania1980 on June 16, 2010
thanks for sharing!! since mine is compact (G9) i tend to use less iso as possible, normally between 80-100 if not, I got too much noise
Posted by Jdanne on June 13, 2010
It depends on the camera, too.

For example:
- The Nikon D200 has its optimum at ISO 100 (as probably most SLR cameras)
- The Nikon D700's optimum is ISO 200
Posted by Joe1971 on June 12, 2010
Thanks,It is very useful!
Posted by Blagov58 on June 12, 2010
Yeah - completely agree. And it's can be seen even more on a camera with a small sensor, or older ones. Always trying to get as more as possible on 100 200 ISO.
Posted by Mythja on June 12, 2010
thanks. useful info. :)
Posted by Dmccale on June 12, 2010
you are all very welcome.I saw somewhere some people use a very high ISO setting.But I am like most of you anything above 400 is way too noisy.Have a great weekend everyone
Posted by Suttisukmek on June 12, 2010
My fancy fish photographes are shoot with ISO 400 by SONY camera, with noise ninja processed were approved !!!!
Posted by Mariaam on June 12, 2010
Useful information! Thanks for sharing,Debbie!
Posted by Laozhang on June 12, 2010
I usually use 100, the highest is 400
Posted by Ebamo on June 12, 2010
Nice, brief and useful blog....I usually try to keep my ISO 400 or below for sharpness reasons, it would depend on the light available.
Posted by Olegunnar on June 12, 2010
One of my approved image on DT has ISO 800 - [imgl]14425516[/imgl] Some time with ISO 100 - unable to work with small shutter speed, if take photo without Sun.
Posted by Unteroffizier on June 11, 2010
I usually keep it low if lighting is good to give more leeway during editing. Somehow the software i uses tends to generate grains if i overprocess. However if i can get a good shot straight from the camera and the situation requires me to increase ISO so as to use a faster shutter to freeze motion then probably i will use 400 or above with my entry level cam.
Posted by Scottysally2 on June 11, 2010
I am still learning Debbie, thank you for this useful information :)
Posted by Mani33 on June 11, 2010
Thanks for sharing Debbie! Have a great weekend :)

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