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When buying a camera; what ISO feature is more important to you? Why? Check out this months Journal

60 deviants said Better high ISO performance with regards to low noise.
11 deviants said Intelligent, customisable auto ISO.
7 deviants said Very low minimum ISO.
7 deviants said Quick access ISO button so no menu diving to change it.
5 deviants said Very high maximum ISO potential.


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Third party kit and an ISO tutorial.

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 1, 2015, 2:53 PM

Everything-News news title by in-my-viewfinder

Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD

We haven’t been announcing third party kit much up until now but we aim to change that as there are some fantastic lenses coming out for our cameras at a significantly lower price than the Nikkor equivalent.
This new super wide angle zoom looks like it will be one of them. Pro quality glass and full of features. If the test images are anything to go buy this should prove to be a strong contender for anyone looking for a super wide zoom.
Head on over to Tamron USA to find out what all of those letters in the lenses name mean.
You can pick yourself one up for £993 on Amazon or $1199 from Adorama.


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ISO ISO baby

This month we are going to take a look back at the subject of ISO that we covered in July 2011. We hope you enjoy this little refresh on this subject with our freshened up tutorial. Mmm fresh.
ISO by marcusdv
Now to some people ISO is a little anomaly in the cameras settings that they either leave to the camera to decide or simply avoid playing with all together. The International Organisa-tion for Standardization (ISO(shouldn't that be IOS?)) for film/sensor sensitivity is an im-portant thing to know and understand in the use of your camera.
FilM by MRBee30
Film ISO is something we chose pre-photoshoot as we decide what the available light is likely to be then build our aperture and shutter speed around this base figure. The current standard for film ISO is ISO 5800:2001 and is fairly comparable to the ISO standard for dig-ital cameras.  Previous standards such as DIN and ASA may be listed in older film camera user manuals. This will require you to use a conversion chart to figure out what film rating you need especially on auto cameras (this shouldn’t be an issue on newer cameras). The ISO numbers vary from very low ISO films like ISO25 up to faster films in the thousands. As with digital, the faster the film, the more noise and/or larger film grain resulting in lower quality. Film grain however is noticeably more pleasing to the eye than digital noise and is often digitally added in post-production by some artists. This would explain why despite the mass migration to digital, film has continued to improve in its quality for those who still en-joy the nicer grain patterns of film.
Another quick note on film and grain whilst we are on the subject: Although not directly re-lated to ISO, the grain in film is effected by age so if you were wanting a grainy old film look without using crazy fast film (and also potentially saving you allot of money) you can use out of date or poorly stored film. We mention poorly stored as if allowed to get hot, the film will degrade faster.
DAT GLASS by marbleberry
The digital ISO standard (currently ISO 12232:2006) is much the same. Some compact cameras boast some pretty low sensitivity settings, most DSLRs however, start at ISO200 (possibly with a Lo step or two) but where they lack in low sensitivity they more than make up with crazy high ISO settings in the hundreds of thousands!
All this sensitivity though comes at a price. As you go up the ISO ramp, the noise/film grain starts to creep in. Newer DSLRs are getting increasingly better at reducing the noise in higher ISO numbers. Making an ISO1000 setting, that would have looked horrid on an older camera, look as normal as ISO200 on the latest frames.
So why mess around with ISO if it is best left at the lower numbers? Well When the lights begins to drop, your aperture is as wide as it will go and your shutter speed begins to go the wrong end of 1/80 you’re going to start getting problems with a hand held shot, not to mention your subject, background, sky etc may move as well! So pop that ISO up a bit and you will make your camera a bit more usable in low light.
On the extremes now, a very high ISO can be useful to make very small apertures (for a high depth of field) easier to use. If you want to freeze the stars in the nights sky without spending the earth on expensive tracking tripod mounts then you can achieve this by crank-ing the ISO up to the max, opening the aperture wide and you will vastly reduce the motion blur of the stars yet still get a correct exposure.
On the other extreme, a very low aperture is especially useful when shooting in very bright light. Direct sun light on a clear day on a white surface rapidly gets your shutter speed pushing towards 1/5000 and may be limiting your aperture choices. An ND filter can help drop an f-stop but making sure your ISO setting is at its lowest could save you on the fly. This is especially true if you are using a speed light for fill flash outside. You will be limited to your minimum shutter sync speed (normally 1/250 on high end modern DSLR's) and you will find things very quickly start to blow out. Even if your camera is managing okay it might allow you to widen your aperture a bit for better DOF control.

So knowing that changing the ISO gives us more flexibility to make better use of the far more creative elements of Aperture and shutter speed why do we more often than not still follow the old film technique of choosing the ISO and working around it?
Pretty much all DSLR's that Nikon make offer auto ISO but to many pros auto is a bad word. If you’re worried about your camera straying into the noisy realms of high ISO then a quick trip into your settings allows you to choose the max limit for auto ISO. The camera, by de-fault will use the lowest ISO available so allowing you more flex in creative design without increasing your work load.
This is especially useful when shooting at an event where you want to control your depth of field but also your shutter speed so you can portray movement within the limits of your panning skills/kit. By using Auto ISO you will have some more lighting play so you can stay at your optimal creative setting without having to take your eye off of the game to change your ISO yourself.
ISO sensitivity settings by in-my-viewfinder
You can access your auto ISO in “SHOOTING MENU > ISO sensitivity settings” on the D3x and many other digital SLR’s. If yours is different then check your manual. Doing this will bring you to the menu screen you see above (yours may differ a bit) giving you an upper and lower ISO limit as well as a threshold shutter speed. The shutter speed is not al-ways editable but if yours is this can be a useful little customisation. Here you see my set-ting for safe hand shooting at 200mm. Once the shutter speed drops below 1/200 the ISO will creep up till it hits its upper stop of ISO 800.
As this is in the Shooting menu you can make this part of a custom shooting bank which runs in parallel with the Cunstom settings banks as discussed last month journal

ISO might not have the exciting impact to images that shutter speed and aperture may have but it is an important consideration in your camera setup that should be made whilst shooting or to an extent possibly left to the camera.
Let us know what settings you use with regards to ISO and what your feelings and thoughts are on the subject, maybe you have a top tip you would like to share? If so, vote on our Poll and stick a comment there or on here.


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