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Old Jun 26, 2012, 7:28 AM   #11
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Beautiful shots Greg.
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 7:35 AM   #12
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Last night I finally figured out my ACR settings for the E-M5 and re-worked several files with the new settings and a few I had not yet processed. That was one of them and was captured at ISO 400, which is a real sweet spot with the E-M5. I'm finding ISO 200-800 to pretty much perform exactly the same, with little penalty in terms of noise up to ISO 2500.

Here's a new 100% crop of that original ISO 4000 file with some new noise filter settings applied..



This was an ISO 2500 capture..



This was an ISO 800 capture without the tubes on the 75-300..



Back to using the tubes, on this one I stopped down to f11 to try and widen the depth of field, which resulted in the ISO being bumped up to 1000. The 75-300 was made to be used with a camera like the E-M5..



No tube shot, this is a closeup I captured with the 9-18 M. Zuiko, exposed for the highlights and pulled the shadow area WAY up in ACR..

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Old Jun 26, 2012, 7:45 AM   #13
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You can see some loss of detail in the ISO 2500 shot but how many cameras would do that well at that ISO.
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Yeah, from about that setting it's a matter of deciding which is more important, noise suppression or detail retention. You can do either and up to about one step short of looking at a file at 100%, leaving a little more noise in and retaining as much detail as possible is very much on the table. At that size the image on the screen is very large, what noise is left is not a problem and large prints should look excellent.
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 8:43 AM   #15
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Oh, you haven't edited this photo yet?
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I've edited all the images posted, with pretty much the maximum amount of noise filtering I would apply. Up to about ISO 2000 I will probably stay where I'm at at this point. From ISO 2500 upwards it will vary dependant on the subject and how I'm using it. A little noise at that point is fine by me, especially with this camera where it's more film-noise looking than the ugly blobs of smeared detail you get with the prior bodies at the higher ISO settings.
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That was my first impression of the photos you took with the M5. They looked more like slides than digital photos...very nice.
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Well, I am stuck with the P3-noise, ISO etal. The kitchen is costing more than planned so maybe I will be ready for EM-9..... JKidding!

The new images results are looking really good, I like hearing ISO numbers up to 2500 are good. With using the 35mm and 70-300 with the EX-25 so much now the 200-1600 range I was using with the P3 just got things lousy looking so I reset the upper limit to 800, it is quite a lot better for the closeup stuff I've been making.

Oh, BTW, that last image of the penta in the shade, that is just beautiful to me and the backlit spiny balls too.
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Never did try high ISO settings on my E-PL2. I'll have to experiment with it but I'm sure it won't be anywhere as good as the M5. I keep my auto ISO at 200-800 and I'm sure it never got up to the max yet.
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