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ISO 12,800. Huh! What Is It Good For?

By April 21, 2017Current News

screenshot of article at PhotoShelter BlogAbsolutely nothing? In a recent post, PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi asked, “What could we possibly want to photograph that naturally has such dim light?” He found the surprising answer on his last trip to the Philippines.

Ten years ago, a Nikon D3 saved me while shooting a gig in a dimly lit club. It’s expansive ISO range of 200-6400 allowed me to shoot with a 24-70mm f/2.8 at about 1/20th of a second. Good enough for jazz as it was. As technology has progressed, ISO has gone from being a huge point of stress for photographers to a secondary thought. Even with compressed dynamic ranges, it’s pretty typical for sports photographers to shoot at ISO 2000 or higher while still extracting solid image quality.

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