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High ISO Performance of the Canon 1DX

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High ISO Performance of the Canon 1DX

While visiting the Woodland hide at an organised Northshots weekend in Scotland I decided to have a bit of fun with the Canon 1DX high ISO capabilities. Now, I was already very familiar with the 1DX's ability on high ISO as I regularly shoot at ISO4000 at football matches. Still it's always fun to push the limits and I have to admit that I was very impressed with an ISO 20,000 shot (yes that is twenty thousand ISO) ... 1DX - ISO 20,000 (unedited)

Yes, there is noise Mr Pixel Peeker, but in situations when you want to shoot a record shot and the light is very bad, then this will be very useful indeed.

And of course with a program such as Lightroom you can clean this up a bit to make it more presentable. Arguably even more than a standard record shot.

1DX - ISO 20,000 (processed)

Below a 100% zoom/crop of the unedited 20k ISO image.

ISO 20,0000 (100% crop)

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Painting with Movement

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Painting with Movement

I had been reading an article from Pete Cairns regarding intentional camera movement earlier that morning and,  despite the conditions (i.e. the light) not necessarily being conducive to great photography, I decided to give it a go. Pushing both the ISO (500) and Aperture (f/16) allowed me to get a reasonably slower shutter speed (1/8 second). I was looking for more autumnal colour in the trees, but sadly it had all but gone. This was taken on my Fuji XE2 and 35mm lens a combination that rarely leaves my side. I was reasonably pleased with how it came out.

Painting with Movement

Technical Details

  • Camera - Fuji XE2
  • Lens - 35mm f/1.4
  • Aperture - f/16
  • ISO - 500
  • Shutter - 1/8 second

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