>I come to the noise issue from the days of exclusively using >K25/Velvia50 because I hated grain -- and my D200 on up blows >the doors off in this area. Skies are just BLUE... and people >have been spoiled by this. Classic images loaded with grain >might not pass muster today (only because of >"noise", not lack of real quality).
Yep, I spent much time on PanX and similar for lack of grain to when possible. I hated it 25 years ago, and I still don't like it.
>I shoot for the passion, not as a profession, but my sales now >pay for my cameras and lenses (I ONLY sell 20x30 on aluminum, >rarely anything smaller). So the noise factor is still >important.
Maybe one day I'll be able to make a statement like this. I don't even print 20x30 aluminum for my house! I can't afford it!
>I know a guy who consistently uses a D200 at >ISO1600 for images regularly put in various large newspapers. >He doesn't even use full size/quality JPEGS!)
I think we all know people like this. But man, that D200 is a noisy beast at ISO 1600! I don't even like taking mine above base ISO!
>Anyway, on my D7100, I've shot some events at ISO3200 at >f/2.8, and while the results from one venue might be great, >the results from another locale are not nearly as acceptable >(dark backgrounds, and uneven lighting seem to really >emphasize whatever noise might be present).
Yes, If the lighting levels are low, but broad it's not quite so bad. It's when you have a subject against a dark or black background that REALLY tends to show up the noise. I tend to crush the blacks quite a lot in these instances just to minimize the issue.
>If High ISO tipped the balance for me, I'd have gone with a >D600 and yearned for a D800. But just being a passionate >hobbyist, who still wants to balance best quality and big $$, >I've found I can steer my way to subjects that will be shot at >ISO800 and lower, without having to earn a living at ISO1600 >and up.
Note that the ISO performance on the D600 is well superior to that of the D800. Just saying. I wish I could pick and choose my assignments, but I cannot. So I need gear that "get's it done" no matter what my chosen venue might be for the day.
The new volleyball posters got release today at my school. Three game action images appear on the poster. All mine. ISO 3200 / F2.8/ 1/500th. I'm hoping I don't want into the gym in 2 weeks to find any of my "less good" images hanging on the wall or across the gym. The side banners are 20ft tall, and the ones that go across the gym are over 30ft long.
Here's the poster:
>I'll shoot anything, and enjoy it, but I hate artificial >lighting!