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Auto-ISO on a D90 for travel: advice?

DaveSoderlund

Geneva, US
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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 29th May 2010
Mon 02-Jan-12 07:02 PM

I learned about the wonders of auto-ISO when I took Steve Simon's "Mastering Your D90" workshop last year and I have been using it fairly regularly since then. I am headed for Venice and Rome next month and expect to encounter a lot of low light situations. I'd appreciate any insight and advice from anyone who has used auto-ISO on the D90.

First of all, I regularly push the D90 to ISO1600 when I need to, but I haven't gone above that. Does performance deteriorate markedly (increased noise and decreased saturation) at ISO 3200? at the H settings for ISO values above 3200? (I probably ought to try some tests myself, but I am not sure I'll have the time...hence the questions!)

Second, assuming Nikkor VRII lenses, what should I use as a minimum shutter speed to trigger auto-ISO? I'm thinking 1/30 sec would be fairly safe for most VRII lenses other than my 70-300mm telephoto. I don't think subject movement will be important most of the time. Obviously, I need a more conservative approach with non-VR lenses.

All of this assumes hand-held shooting -- even though I'll have a standard tripod and a Gorillapod with me, I know that I'll be shooting hand-held a lot of the time.

Thanks in advance for your insights and ideas,

Dave

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