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Old Apr 11, 2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Hi,

I upgraded from D70 to D90. I see a huge improvement in high ISO noise with the D90. I hated to go above ISO 320 on the D70.

Depending on the situation, I don't mind going much higher with the ISO on the D90. The D90 also lets you set some limits in the Auto ISO settings (I love this feature).

However, I am a stickler for sharpness. If I can, I hate to go higher when I'm trying to take bird photos because I want as much feather detail as possible.

For you D90 users out there, what is the highest ISO levels you are comfortable using?

(I've been setting mine to ISO 200, with the ISO Auto available up to 800. So far I see little loss in sharpness before 640.)
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Old Apr 28, 2009, 5:54 PM   #2
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Old Apr 28, 2009, 10:43 PM   #3
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I shoot a lot of birds-in-flight. On sunny days ISO 200 – 400 is great for getting a good balance of shutter speed and aperture to capture high speed detail. If it is cloudy, I would up the ISO to 800, maybe 1600. Above that and you will smooth out feather, beak or eye detail with the noise reduction. The D-90 with a 70 – 300 VR is a great BIF combination.



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Old Apr 28, 2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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iso - 800
f - 5.6
1/60




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Old Feb 5, 2010, 9:04 PM   #5
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Slyfox;

Wow ! Incredible detail and sharpness at such a high ISO (3200) and even the 800 ISO.

I've owned a D40 with 18-200 VR lens. It was an awesome combo. I can imagine a D90 with the same lens would be amazing.
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just keep in mind these are very small photos. and about anything will look good resized to this magnitude. not trying to downplay the d90s high iso capabilities, it is really good, just going to need some full size / crops to really see what you are working with.
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I used my D90 with an 85/1.8 to shoot an indoor equestrian clinic. (See my album.) This was a special event and I wanted to get it right, so I did some dry runs a few days before. I found that I was getting a lot of noise in out-of-focus woodgrain at anything over ISO 1600, so that's where I set my Maximum sensitivity.
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Old Feb 6, 2010, 8:28 AM   #8
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Joe, here is a 100% crop from a game I shot a week ago. ISO 1600 1/400 2.8 the full sized image looks pretty good. I find ISO 2000 and using neat image to reduce the noise is about the limit I am happy with.

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this is 6400 (h 1.0)
f1.8
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pbjunkiee,

Resized images never show noise. See Why a resized photo is no use in showing camera quality
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