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Month: April 2011

Insane ISO

Insane ISO

My photography took a bit of a hit last summer when my well worn and well used Canon EOS 300D finally went to the big Photoshop in the sky.  It seems sea and sand don’t mix well with D-SLRs… who would’ve thought?

Well, all that came to an end last week when my darling wife came into a small amount of money and decided that our walks are much more fun when I’m pre-occupied with taking rather geeky pictures, or something like that.  I’m now the proud owner of a Canon EOS 550D, and I think it’s rather good.  The recent batch of pictures here and on my Flickr photostream are all taken with the new beast, and it appears to be a few steps up from the 300D.

One of the things that caught my eye on the spec sheet was its max ISO rating of 12800. Twelve thousand!?  Surely you’re not going to be able to get any useful pictures with that?

Well, here’s a sample, straight out of the camera (apart from the border… gotta have some kind of house style…)

And here’s a 100% crop:

OK, it’s not gallery quality by any means, but it did mean I could get a shutter speed of 1/1000s at F/9 in rather dingy light, which I suppose could mean the difference between getting a usable shot and not.