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Old Oct 14, 2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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JohnG asked how useable the high ISOs were. Depends greatly on the stadium lights! Here's 1600, 70-200VR, 1/250, f2.8, Nikon D2H. Taken about 35-40 yd line and the light is good. No PS processing. Want you to see the grain as is.
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Old Oct 14, 2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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Here's another at same settings with action between near hash & mid-field.
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Old Oct 14, 2006, 12:35 PM   #3
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Now from the end-zone. Light drops off and will need to do PS processing. That'll bring out more grain. I don't like having the shadows and would prefer flash here.
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Now my home stadium. Had to go to ISO 3200 for 1/250 @ f2.8. Definite advantages of not using flash are the rapid fire multiple exposures. The first picture was the 5th in the series. Disadvantages are can't crop, shots are limited to near 1/3 of field and I want to be able to make good prints. Hard pressed to do that even at 8x10 with Neat Image or other software.
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Old Oct 14, 2006, 2:24 PM   #5
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Totally agree that the higher sensativities depend on a decent amount of light because, as you say, ps means grain. I am very impressed with the noise up to 3200 on the d80.
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Old Oct 14, 2006, 2:49 PM   #6
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JohnG asked how useable the high ISOs were.
Actually I stated that high ISOs WERE usable - as long as you know what you're doing (i.e. properly expose, don't overcrop).

These images are a bit small to judge by, but even though it's a little long in the tooth I would expect pretty solid images from a D2H.

Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the replies, Steven & John.

I think you could use the 3200 for newspaper very readily, but I have printed them at 8x10 (Epson 2200) and they are only passable. The 1600 is better, but I'm limited to the 70-200mm, therefore I need to crop some. That's when the quality will suffer. When I use the flash, I can use my 1.4x extender and surrender the one f-stop, use a lower ISO and obtain a better photo - especially from the endzone where HS lights notoriously fall off.

Hope to have the Sigma 120-300mm next Spring.

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Tom,

You're going to love the 120-300. Especially in low light - the benefit of not having to crop as much is enormous. The only down side is it isn't parafocal so you can't zoom out as a runner comes towards you without losing focus. Sucks, but it's a small price to pay.
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