Originally posted by zxaar:
Originally posted by rider:
I'm thrilled to use 3200 but there seems to be such big debate over iso and noise and it keeps going up as the tech gets better -like cf cards ,and so many other electronic things everything keeps growing 1 way or another i'm sure if you would have told me when i bought my first computer with a 250mb hard drive that 1 day i'd have a 16gb card that was smaller that a pad of matches i'd have said you were nuts!
one of the reasons for such debate is lenses. Generally kit lenses are are f3.5 and zooms are also around 3.5, or f4. (I mean cheap or moderate priced ones). In film days generally cameras were bundled with f1.4 or f1.8 primes. Now since f3.5 is pretty slow the high iso do become important and becomes one of the talking point.
i think for a general person a cam can shoot usable iso 3200 is good enough for almost all his needs.
I have never used flash in last 7 years. Any of my digital cam can not shoot usuable images above iso400. But since I use faster lenses, never felt like craving for iso uber number.
edited to add: my new cam k-x can shoot usuable iso 6400 images. Its surprising good at higher isos. But i doubt i will go above iso800 on it.
I think you hit the nail on the head. No matter what your camera can do, it is all about what lens you use. I don't want a war between Canon and Nikon users about which camera is best. You get what you pay for and if your lens is inferior, you have to bump up ISO, if your lens is f1.4 or 1.4, then you have the advantage over those with f3.5 etc.