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Old Nov 20, 2011, 9:48 PM   #1
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Default Christmas Carol--High ISO with a Better Lens

Thursday night, I deliberately limited myself to shooting with the combo of the K5 and the Pentax 18-135 at ISO 10K..... just to see how the combo would work in a low-light setting. I traditionally use center-point metering, but got some freaky effects with the stage lights Thursday, so I switched my metering to auto and used the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8....shooting entirely at 2.8 or 3.2. (I had the FA 50 f/1.4 on the K7, switching on that camera at times to the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8, shooting at ISO 3200.) Each of these was with one moderate pass through Noiseware.

And, a couple taken with the K7 and the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8

Scott said the ISO 10K possibilities "almost make it too easy,"...... but like him, "I ain't gripin'."

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Old Nov 20, 2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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Very nice. No such thing as "too easy" high ISO.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 5:27 AM   #3
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Some really great results!!

Looks like a great production, and well-photographed too!
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 3:05 PM   #4
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Outstanding job, Paul!

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Old Nov 21, 2011, 5:10 PM   #5
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Well done! Gives a good "feel" for the play. Love the first one.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 5:27 PM   #6
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Awesome, makes me hate my K-7 even more, I couldn't get as good as these at ISO800, regardless of the lens. Holding out for Tokina, hopefully there will be a K-3 that will either blow the K-5 away, or the K-5 2nd hand market will drop out and I can upgrade cheaply.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 5:39 PM   #7
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Great shots Paul, Nice to see what can be done in low light


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Nice images Scott. My grandchildren are all active in theater and I struggle when flash is prohibited at their performances. I have been holding off on the K-5 but don't know how much longer. I would like to see it under $1000.00 before I pull the trigger.

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Old Nov 21, 2011, 6:33 PM   #9
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I agree with all the above comments -- these are remarkably clean images. I'm astonished that you set the ISO to 10,000. Both my kids are finished with high school, but they were both active in the drama program, and I remember very well trying to shoot flash-free photos in those terribly dim conditions. These photos show a great production, and bring back some wonderful memories.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 9:44 PM   #10
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Great shots! I've shot up to 12800 without too much loss when I ran it through DeNoise. It's really amazing compared to the K7.
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