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Old Dec 2, 2003, 2:46 PM   #21
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i'm one of those who rarely ventured above iso 100
sjms-- Whenever I've gone over ISO 100, I've been unhappy with the results, whether it's with film or digital. Grain is great if it's a planned part of the composition, but when it's there by default, I get mightily annoyed. It disturbs me more in digital than it ever did with film because digital noise just doesn't have the same atmospheric quality even when Photoshop does a good job of creating it. Maybe it's just some sort of psychological problem that I have.
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Old Dec 2, 2003, 3:23 PM   #22
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in color i agree. but again look at the forum write ups about not being able to shoot at 800 or 1600 or not liking the results. its kind of funny. they alo dont realize the loss of latitude shooting that high too. again its from a lack of experience as to the results you will get. now in B/W i regularly shoot 400-1600 and sometimes even 3200 for that intentional popcorn grain. ah! the texture. and then print it on good rag paper with a rough surface.

don't get me started it been a while.

on my 1DS i regularly shoot at 200 and every now and then 1000 with a dose of NI in post processing.

for some of those that the digital noise is a killer try converting them to B/W.

there's a good picture in everyone you shoot waiting to be brought out.
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Old Dec 2, 2003, 3:44 PM   #23
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for some of those that the digital noise is a killer try converting them to B/W.
Yes, I've done this, and you're right. I think what goes wrong is that, in my heart, I know it was a bad shot, so when I've "improved" it by converting to B&W, I still see the bad shot beneath it. (Definitely...psychological problems here.)
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Old Dec 3, 2003, 2:26 AM   #24
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The biggest problem with using a camera instead of a scanner (in my opinion) is lens distortion. Almost all digicam lenses have some barrel or pincusion distortion or chromatic aberrations. You don't get things like that on the flat glass platten of a scanner.

That said, I have used my camera instead of a scanner to digitize images when they were going to be used at a small size and quality wasn't extremely important.
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