T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
23 May 2016
ISO Thoughts on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Photographed on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in the Daintree at ISO 3200. Just switch the camera to auto ISO and let it run!
As we head towards the Olympics, sport photographers will be pushing their new Nikon D5 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bodies to new limits. Both cameras have dramatically lifted their ISO settings higher, so when Canon dropped its Mark II body down for testing, I was intrigued to see how far it would go.
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
As you will see on the accompanying photos, the results are quite remarkable. Yes, I am starting my comparison from a 'film' base when (in the old days) shooting higher than ISO 100 was a real treat, so to see ISO 6400 files which are almost as clear and clean as ISO 100 is an amazing feat. To push the files even further to ISO 51,200 is simply wild.
What do you think of these files, purposely shot in stress lighting conditions?
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - ISO 51,200
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - ISO 6400
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - ISO 100
Okay, I showed the ISO 51,200 first because, at this size it is very acceptable. As you look closer, the ISO 100 file has less contrast and is smoother (but not just because it's a 1.3 second exposure).
But most photographs taken at the Olympics will be shown online, on screens. Few will be printed to massive sizes. But still I want to know: what does ISO 51,200 look like up close and personal? In good lighting conditions, the files are remarkably clean. You wouldn't notice it was shot at such a high ISO setting, but in low light conditions - how does it fare?