High ISOhmygoodness

A charging baby at night, in a room lit only by low-wattage lamps. Taken with the Nikon D4 and 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/320  at ISO 12800. It’s pretty amazing what cameras can do these days.

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15 thoughts on “High ISOhmygoodness

  1. wow that is amazing ! It looks like the whole room is filled with bright light…I really have to learn how to use all the features on my camera and learn to experiment more! Also sweet photo, babies aren’t suppose to have that much hair what a cutie!

  2. I guess it’s because I haven’t used a camera with that high of an ISO, but is there any practical use for anything over 3200? This one was more or less to try and get the baby too look like its stopped and you did a good job at that. Did the big lense scare the kid at all?

    Great picture

    1. That’s a great question. Actually, for most of the photography I do, I rarely go over ISO1600. The room I was in when I took the picture above was nowhere near as bright as it seems in the photo, however, so this was an extreme situation that I don’t normally find myself in. Without a flash to help me freeze the action, I had to bump the ISO significantly. So is there much practical use for ISO12800? Not really. But it’s there if you need it, and it certainly works well.

      As far as scaring the kid? This is my nephew, and pretty much all of my family members are used to having a big lens pointed at them at this point 😉

      1. When you are on an assignment you cannot come home because it was too dark outside or you did not have enough light inside some building. When you do journalism in the street, or work in historic buildings this is the camera that will bring the results home, and without a tripod or flash. If you put on an f2 or faster lens you will always have enough light as long as there is a flicker of light. So it is useful to a group of people and true not all need it. But when you are in the need category it is a dream.

      2. Very true, Jim! This camera lets you push boundaries and get shots you couldn’t otherwise take, and the ability to push boundaries is the beauty of newer camera technologies. I certainly wouldn’t be afraid to push the D4 to these stratospheric ISOs if the situation called for it.

    1. You know, I’m not sure if I can call it better. Seems about the same, only the D4 manages to accomplish the high ISO noise performance with more resolution. I think it’s a testament to how hard it is to top the D3s =)

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