Any digicams any good at ISO 3200?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by The Original Spudnik, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. I happen to be one of those who do mostly available light photography.
    Which of the current DLSRs has the least noise at ISO 3200? I really
    cannot tell from the review sites. I'd like to see real shots of
    people taken under identical conditions, but can't find any.

    Thanks for any help with this.

    The Original Spudnik, Nov 5, 2005
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  2. Canon 20D, 5D, 1DsMkII......

    Go search the Fred Miranda Canon forum you'll find lots of real shots.
    Search on ISO 3200.

    Here's one of many....


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    John A. Stovall, Nov 5, 2005
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  3. The Original Spudnik

    [BnH] Guest

    Try 5D.
    I saw 20D's ISO 3200 performance on low light and they are horrible.
    [well .. still better than Fuji Press 800 pushed 2 stop :D]

    [BnH], Nov 5, 2005
  4. The 300D will shoot 3200 as well with the firmware hack. Like the 20D,
    it shows "H" for 3200.
    Steve Cutchen, Nov 5, 2005
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    Chris Brown Guest

    The EOS 5D is *probably* the lowest noise digital camera on the market at
    the moment.
    Chris Brown, Nov 5, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    Any of the current Canon DSLRs...along with the 10D, and 300D with a
    firmware hack.
    Mark², Nov 5, 2005
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    turbo Guest

    I use a 5D and was out shooting night images at 1600ISO this week, and its
    performance is phenominal- the noise level is so so low at this sort of
    speed ( also 3 or 4 secs at f8 to f10)... Let me know if you want a full
    size ( 5MB image- JPG not RAW)
    turbo, Nov 5, 2005
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    Dirty Harry Guest

    The 300d has digic I instead of digic II so 3200 is a lot more grainy.
    Dirty Harry, Nov 6, 2005
  9. Yup. I use Noise Ninja to clean it up, which works well. And is
    pretty much required.
    Steve Cutchen, Nov 6, 2005
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    Rich Guest

    Likely most of the image in those kinds of shots are still
    underexposed so in reality, the camera shoots with 3200 speed
    on a scene needing 6400 or better for correct exposure.
    Those "candle light" restaurant shots are typical.
    Rich, Nov 6, 2005
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    Donald Gray Guest

    I'm about to invest in a 20D - I have seen several references to a
    'firmware hack.' - Is this a firmware upgrade as per Canon 'upgrade'
    or is it a true 'hack' as in not an official upgrade.

    I would be most interested in finding out the nuances of the beast
    before i buy.

    Donald Gray, Nov 6, 2005
  12. Don't know of any hack for the 20D and it will void your Canon
    warranty and support.

    Here's some on the hack. .

    It strikes me as a good way to brick you camera but my cameras are
    tools and not toys.


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    John A. Stovall, Nov 6, 2005
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    Al Dykes Guest

    I've been shooting with this setup and it works. I'm shooting under
    stage lighting in small clubs and the results have the "available
    light" look in spades, but they are usable shots when done in RAW and
    hacked in photoshop.
    Al Dykes, Nov 8, 2005
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    Al Dykes Guest

    If it makes sense you can add the canon 50mm f1.8 lens and get a
    little more light. On a dRebel it's a 90mm 1.8 lens. Not too shaby for
    Al Dykes, Nov 8, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    Not quite that...
    It has a field of view similar to an 80mm...not a 90.
    Mark², Nov 9, 2005
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